The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for people with a disability, their families and carers.
Funding is attached to an individual based on the supports included in their NDIS plan, so getting the best plan possible is very important.
The NDIS is an insurance scheme, which takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early, to improve their outcomes later in life, and fun a range of disability support services.
The NDIS has no impact on Disability Support Pension or Carer Allowance.
To be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, you must:
An NDIS plan includes the supports with attached funding which you need to live well. Supports are based on individual needs, and can include a range of services, including:
For more information on NDIS plans and funding, visit our FAQs page.
Marriott can help you Our NDIS Service Development team supports you with your first NDIS plan:
• To understand the process and necessary terms;
• To do thorough preparation;
• We can support you during your NDIS meeting; and
• We offer support co-ordination, if it is included in your plan.
What people say?
Barbara, a parent said, ‘Sarah was a huge help in putting what we thought we needed for Lucy into clear goals so it was really organised for the planner.’
Narelle, a carer ‘I couldn’t have done it without Erica’s help, it was a stressful experience made much less so with her help.’
So far we have supported 105 families with approved plans.
Our NDIS Transition team is here to help call Michelle on 03 9276 4300
How to manage your feelings in your NDIS meeting?
As a carer, you may not want to speak about some of the support you give. For examples carers have felt awkward admitting to:
• Sleeping in the same room as the person you care for to help them go to sleep or
• Assisting the person in the shower;
However, to get an effective NDIS plan that reflects the reality of supporting the person you care for does requires you to talk honestly about the support you give despite feelings of reluctance .
You will have a greater chance of getting the right support including behavioural support to help the person you care for become more independent and more in control of their life.
So how to act despite those negative feelings and hesitation? As we know good preparation is invaluable, here are some tips.
• Accept how you feel as neither good nor bad, just feelings.
• Identify what specific support you give that makes you feel awkward or embarrassed.
• Include this as part of your NDIS conversation with your disability service.
• Practice saying what you need to say.
• Start with “this is really difficult to share but this is how it is…..
• Even though you feel awkward and embarrassed, know it is the right thing to do for the person you care for, yourself and other family members. It is not disloyal but courageous to speak up to get the right support.
Watch the video with our CEO Janine and our NDIS Engagement Co-ordinator, Sarah.
For more information, contact our NDIS team on 03 9276 4300.
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