The National Disability Insurance Scheme – or NDIS – has been running across Australia since 2016. The purpose of the scheme is to provide support to people with a disability, whether it is physical, sensory, psychosocial or cognitive.
If you or a loved one are eligible for NDIS, you may be contemplating a suitable NDIS provider. This article explores the scheme in more detail, its criticality as a support mechanism, and things to consider when finding the right registered NDIS provider for you.
What is the NDIS?
The Australian government introduced the NDIS as a means to support people with a disability, giving them access to high-quality care and assistance in their homes. All states across Australia agreed in 2013 that the scheme was needed, helping some of the community’s most vulnerable to go about their lives regardless of their financial position.
After a trial period, the NDIS became a nationwide initiative in 2016. Thousands of Australians living with a disability benefit from the scheme, receiving vital support from registered NDIS providers at home.
Why Disability Home Care Matters
Having a permanent disability makes life challenging for people of all ages. Yet even when a disability is extreme, most people want the choice to live by themselves and lead their life as independently as possible.
Fortunately, most people with a disability only require occasional support to go about their daily lives. Others need frequent visits from a support worker, more than once a day. No matter what the nature of the visit and how frequent, without the help of a disability home care provider, most would find life much more challenging trying to cope at home on their own. Regular visits by a support worker from a trusted, registered provider allow people with all disabilities to continue leading a fulfilling life at home independently.
How the NDIS works
The NDIS is eligibility-based; most people living with a permanent disability qualify.
Once approved as eligible, you or your family member with a disability need to select a support budget to suit the circumstances. There are three packages available:
Core Support – for help towards everyday activities, low cost consumables, transport, and social and community participation.
Capital Support – funds higher-cost equipment, technology, and home or vehicle modifications.
Capacity Building Support – to increase skills and independence – for improved living, learning, relationships, working, and wellbeing.
If you are unsure which is the most suitable, the NDIS helpline can help you.
Once you have chosen the right support budget to meet your needs, an NDIS registered provider will put together a plan to cover the specific tasks you need help with – physical, administrative or social.
What do the Best NDIS Registered Providers offer?
There are currently over 4,000 registered NDIS providers in NSW. Finding one to suit your individual circumstances may appear overwhelming at first thought, although there are a few key attributes to look out for when selecting yours.
Staff qualifications and experience
The NDIS will impact how you manage everyday activities, allowing you to live an ordinary life. For this reason, it is essential to choose a provider with highly qualified nurses and support staff. Make sure you research each provider you are considering and explain the type of help required. Using a provider with registered nurses and qualified support workers ensures optimum care and the ability to communicate effectively with your GP.
Compassion and approach to disability
When selecting a provider, it is critical to make sure they are the right fit for you. One way you can do this is to arrange a face-to-face meeting or a video call with the nurses and support staff to get to know them and how they work. Have a family member or companion join you if it makes you feel more comfortable. Ask questions which allow them to demonstrate their capabilities in supporting people with a disability. You will soon get a feel for their compassion towards people in need and their policies for inclusivity.
Professionalism and knowledge
In addition to experience and compassion, your NDIS registered provider must also be highly professional. When you first contact them, do they appear organised and knowledgeable? Can they clearly articulate the NDIS plans and your entitlements? Do they professionally greet you and act respectfully to you and your family? If the provider is professional on the first meeting, it gives you every assurance they offer an equally professional service you can trust.
Flexibility to make NDIS work for you and your situation
No disabled person has the same experience as another. Your situation is completely unique, and therefore you need specialised care. A good NDIS provider will recognise this and tailor their services to ensure you get the support you need. After explaining your specific situation, the provider should be able to provide a plan that works best for you.
Other services offered
The NDIS registered providers available to you will depend on your support plan. Yet it is worth considering any other services you might require in your daily life not covered by your NDIS package – occasional domestic assistance or respite services, for example. If you do have additional requirements, it makes sense to use the same disability home care provider for all your support to minimise the number of people coming to your home. Make sure your NDIS registered provider offers a broad range of services to cover all your support needs today and ongoing.
Getting Going with NDIS Disability Services
The types of funding the NDIS supports include daily personal activities, workplace help, therapeutic support, transport to enable participation in activities, home modification design, vehicle modifications and help with household tasks. By agreeing on what you are entitled to before signing with a provider, you and your family have peace of mind about being treated with the best care possible from day one.
Do you need a professional, experienced, compassionate NDIS disability services at home?
Vital Home Health Services is a team of Registered Nurses with over 30 years of experience in the public and private health sectors, and one of Sydney’s fastest-growing community nursing and support services providers.
Vital Home Health Services is regulated under The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission national guidelines to ensure consistently safe, high-quality support services. When you work with Vital Home Health Services, you can rest assured you are receiving the best disability home care available.
If you would like to discuss your disability home care needs or have questions about the NDIS, contact our team today for a chat.