The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the Australian government’s portal for care and support and there are specialist healthcare providers who have a network of essential live-in and external services. The scheme is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and came into full operation in 2020.
Here are some of the care and support services that you can find from local providers.
- Accommodation for People with Disability – If you are in need of suitable accommodation for a disabled person, NDIS Tasmania are the people to contact. There are self-contained units and group homes, where several people reside, with on-site care as required. There are two main types of support; Supported Independent Living (SIL), which is basically supported accommodation. The second option is called the ‘lead tenant’ model; which is ideal for those who prefer to live independently and only require care and support for a few hours per day.
- Assisted Daily Living – This is a custom service that might include getting the person ready for their day, doing household chores, preparing food and being a companion. It might only be a couple of hours daily and whatever the needs, your NDIS provider has you covered. It might be travel support that you need, which is always available and if you would like to learn more about assisted daily living, Google will put you in touch with a provider.
- Community Access – Disabled people have a social need much like others and your local NDIS provider offers great support for social activities, whether it be sports, handicrafts or special interest groups. Everything is taken care of and the carers make sure everyone has a great time; training courses for employment are available and with local support, the disabled person can learn new things and integrate into the job market. Social activities include shopping trips, a visit to a museum or cinema, holiday support or a lovely walk in the countryside.
- Respite Services – If you care for a disabled person full time, you obviously need some time away to recharge your batteries and respite services will pick up the baton and provide tailored care while you enjoy a much-needed rest. It might be a few days or a few weeks, your local NDIS provider has the resources to ensure the best of care while you are away. Should you become unwell and need someone for a day, the local provider has you covered. If you are thinking of bathroom renovation, click here.
- Life Skills – If a disabled person can hone their life skills, life will be more complete and there are special carers who help people develop specific skills to improve the quality of life. Skill-based learning programs are always running, with sports and personal fitness also available. The list of programs is long and includes cooking classes, computer skills, artwork, gardening, music therapy and educational day trips.
- Health & Well-Being – The healthcare provider can help the disabled person to create health & well-being goals and offer the support to reach those objectives. Things like diet, exercise, recreation and mental well-being are taken into account and the provider tailors the service to suit the person. It should be noted that cost would depend on your NDIS funding, so do bear that in mind.
- Social Programs – It is vital for all people to have a social life and disability should not impact a person’s social life. Talk to your local NDIS provider about the social programs they run, which is a great way to meet new people and enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Nature days are organised when groups of people visit a National Park to observe the wildlife, which is a great way to spend the day.
- Support Coordination – This is a service designed to help the family of a disabled person to plan the support they need. This would include NDIS funding to ensure that you receive what you are entitled to, while a community plan is drawn up that involves a range of recreational and social activities. Once the plan is in place, you will find it easier to coordinate the support you need and experienced social workers are there to help in any way they can.
Here is a link to the NDIS website, which has a lot of important information to help people with disabilities and with their financial support, you can receive the care and support you need to live a quality life. The Australian government is committed to providing essential care and support for the disabled and with the help of a local care provider, you can receive the support you need. A Google search will help you locate a local provider and they will be happy to tailor their services to suit you.