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Community Care Services

24 hour care and the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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When the NDIS is fully implemented in 2019 it is expected that nearly 500,000 people will receive individualised supports around Australia and the benefits it will deliver to those participants with very high support needs cannot be underestimated.

For those with high support needs who have received other types of disability funding they may experience new services under the NDIS. For example, under ISP funding participants may have experienced limited access to 24 hour care outside of residential settings or nursing homes. However, under the NDIS eligible participants may access 24 hour shared support in a range of accommodation settings. They may even qualify for individual 24 hour support.

By enabling eligible participants to obtain 24 hour support in a preferred setting it will allow for more independence, build an individual’s capacity, and also reduce the level of pressure family members may experience where limited respite is available.

For those with disability, the NDIS has a broad role helping them to:

  • Access mainstream services such as health, housing and education.
  • Access community services such as sports clubs and libraries.
  • Maintain informal supports such as family and friends.

Importantly, the NDIS is not means tested. It is an uncapped demand-driven scheme run by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), a government body.

The scheme is for any Australian citizen, resident or permanent visa holder with a permanent disability that significantly affects their day-to-day activities. Individuals must be under 65 years of age when they make their application to the scheme.

To be eligible to receive support under the NDIS a person must meet certain access requirements. They include:

  • They need to live in an area where the scheme is available.
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or protected special category visa holder.
  • Meet the disability or early intervention requirements.
  • Be aged under 65 when the access request is made.

Eligibility for the NDIS is based on an assessment against the access requirements as set out by the NDIA. A number of disability support programs will continue once the NDIS is introduced. People accessing these programs will continue to receive the same supports even though they won’t necessarily transition to the NDIS.

As an NDIS-approved provider of disability support and a DHHS registered disability, youth, child and family care provider, CareChoice has clients across Melbourne, Geelong, the Mornington Peninsula and other regions throughout Victoria.  With more than 10 years’ experience providing support from 2 hours to 24 hours a day, we help individuals in their own home or in residential settings. As a specialist in 24-hour / high physical support, child protection, dual-diagnosis and complex care, our expertise covers all types of physical and behavioural needs.

Our client-centered support and services are tailored to the needs of each individual. Our unique carer-matching program helps maintain long-term relationships so clients can achieve their goals and independence.

We work collaboratively with a diverse range of industry organisations and funding bodies. These include state government departments, TAC/Worksafe, as well as non-government and not-for-profit organisations.

To find out more about the NDIS and how we can help you contact us here or call on 1300 737 942.