The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way of providing support for Australians with a disability. The NDIS will provide people with a disability with the care and support they need to live an ordinary life.
Applying for the NDIS can seem complex and daunting. Nevertheless, it’s an important step in getting you towards living the life you want. Here’s what you need to know about applying for the NDIS, in a nutshell:
- If you have a disability, you may be eligible for the NDIS.
- To find out if you are eligible, you will need to have an assessment with an NDIS access panel.
- If you are eligible for the NDIS, you will be able to choose how your care and support is provided.
- You will also be able to choose who provides your care and support.
If you are not eligible for the NDIS, you may still be able to get support from your state or territory government or other services. You can also contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to find out more about the NDIS and how it can assist you.
HealSoul is here to assist you in finding a new sense of independence when living with a disability. Our disability support workers are highly trained, and can assist you from the very outset to find a better life for yourself. You can get started with a free assessment with our team.
In this article, we’ll take a look at applying for the NDIS, and how it affects you. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team at any time.
How does the NDIS affect me?
If you are eligible for the NDIS, it will provide you with support to help you live an ordinary life. The level of support you receive will be based on your need for support, as assessed by the NDIS access panel.
The NDIS can provide you with support for:
You will also be able to choose who provides your care and support. This could be a family member, friend, neighbour or a professional support worker. Choosing the right support system is crucial in facilitating your journey towards a more independent living arrangement.
How do I apply for the NDIS?
Step 1 – Eligibility
The first step in applying for the NDIS is assessing your eligibility. Your eligibility will determine if you can access the NDIS. You can bring the process of eligibility by reading about the eligibility requirements of the NDIS here.
There are a few main questions you need to be aware of for eligibility:
– Are you aged between 7 and 65?
– Are you an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or Protected Special Category Visa holder?
– Do you live in Australia?
– Do you have a disability caused by a permanent impairment?
– Do you usually need disability-specific supports to complete daily life activities?
Early intervention requirements
– Do you need some supports now to reduce your future need for support?
– Do you need some supports now for your family to build their skills to help you?
Answers to these questions can affect whether or not you are eligible for the NDIS. If you are having trouble answering some of them, feel free to get in touch with our team.
Step 2 – Assessment
If you think you might be eligible for the NDIS, the first step is to have an assessment with an NDIS access panel. The panel will assess your needs and talk to you about your goals. They will also look at whether you meet the criteria for being eligible for the NDIS.
Step 3 – Plan
Next, you will need to put together an NDIS plan. This is a document that sets out your goals and the support you need to achieve them. Your NDIS plan will be tailored specifically to you and your needs.
Step 4 – Supports
Once you have an NDIS plan, you can start using it to access the support and services you need. You can also choose who provides your care and support.
HealSoul offers a range of quality NDIS supports, including:
- NDIS home care services
- Respite and short term accommodation and assistance
- School holiday activities
- Life stage transition assistance
- Community nursing care
- NDIS group activities
- Exercise physiology
- Assistive technology
- Travel and transport assistance
- Employment support
- Assistance with daily life
To learn more about these services and what they offer you, you can visit our website. When you’re ready, book a free assessment with our team. They’ll work with you to understand your personal situation and how best to assist you in finding independence.
If you need further help putting together your NDIS plan, you can contact a Local Area Coordination (LAC) or Support Coordination (SC) service. These services can help you find the right services and supports for you. They can also help you to implement your plan and make sure it is working for you.
You can also find more information about the NDIS on the NDIS website.
What if I’m not eligible for the NDIS?
If you are not eligible for the NDIS, there may still be other services and supports available to you. These include:
- State or territory government services
- Local community services
- Private sector services
If all of this seems like a lot, have no fear. HealSoul is here to help. One of our core services is to help NDIS participants navigate the NDIS and all its intricacies. As one of our participants, we’ll work with you from the very start to assist you in applying for the NDIS.
We can also be the business that delivers your supports. We have a full list of NDIS-approved services ready to assist people accessing the Scheme. We also have dozens of friendly, trained staff, who are here on call to help you gain more independence.
When you’re ready, get in touch with us for a free assessment. A happier, more independent life could be just around the corner.
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