Frequently Asked Questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Home Nursing Solutions is an approved NDIS provider for all ages – children, adults and aged care. We work with many clients around Adelaide providing disability home care to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
Many people still do not understand what is available to them for disability support. The NDIS in SA is set up to not only provide physical support to people with a disability but also to provide access to a wide range of information and services in your community that you can participate in. We have complied a list of commonly asked questions about the NDIS below.
What is the NDIS?
The NDIS is the National Insurance Disability Scheme and provides support to Australians who have a disability and their families and carers. It was officially rolled out in 2016 to people who were deemed as eligible and replaces the previous NDA – National Disability Agreement.
The purpose of the NDIS is to give people who have a disability or caring for someone with a disability, peace of mind, so that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.
The NDIS supports people with disability to develop skills and capability so they can participate in the community and employment.
At Home Nursing Solutions, we know the importance of participation and involvement in your local community which is key to good health and wellbeing. In Adelaide we are fortunate to have a great range of groups and clubs for people with a disability. Our Home Care Services for Disability include social support services to help you connect with like-minded groups around you.
What is NDIS Early Intervention?
The NDIS recognises the importance of early intervention to support people before there is a decline in daily functioning and will provide assistance rapidly if this is the case.
If you think there is any possibility of your specific condition worsening and you want to discuss early intervention, please all us here at HNS and we will help advise you on the best course of action.
Who is eligible for the NDIS?
You are eligible for the NDIS if:
- You are under 65 when you make your application
- You are an Australian Citizen or resident or permanent visa holder
- You meet the disability or early intervention requirements
Please read through the NDIS Checklist for more information.
How do I apply for the NDIS?
If you are new to disability support services, you will need to contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 to start your application process. You can also call HNS on 08 8331 3791 for advice and guidance on the best way to approach this.
You will be required to fill out an NDIS Access Request Form to answer some questions with regards to your age, citizenship and also your disability requirements. You will also be required to provide further information about your disability.
Find out more about how to apply for the NDIS.
What is covered by the NDIS?
The NDIS covers a wide range of services from providing everyday support and access to community groups, to providing physical aids for the home. There are many community support programs for people with a disability in Adelaide and part of the NDIS’ responsibility is to provide readily available information and connections to community support.
Here is a summary of the services includes in the NDIS:
- Information and Resources – help with knowing where to find and access disability, mainstream, crisis intervention and community services and support.
- Community Services and Activities - support services in your community, local groups, clubs and associations with programs for people with a disability.
- Individualised Plans and Support – under the NDIS guidelines, HNS will work with you to create a plan that supports you as much as you need and that includes your goals and aspirations. We will also manage your plan and change it as your needs change, with your involvement and agreement. Your family and other carers will be included and involved in your care plan.
The NDIS also covers assistive technology which is any device that allows people to perform daily tasks that they cannot do without. These include (but are not limited to):
- Long-handled or adapted grip equipment
- Mobility canes
- Nonslip bathmats
- Talking watches
- Shower chairs
- Bath seats
- Over-toilet frames
- Bed rails
- Hearing aids
How long does the NDIS provide financial support for?
The NDIS supports you for as long as you need it. If you require lifetime support for your disability, then you will have access to the NDIS throughout your life.
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