While navigating the NDIS can be confusing, it’s important to understand your plan and to ensure you receive the services you have been allocated. Don’t risk losing funding and missing out on all the support you are entitled to.
This article covers what you can do to maximise your funding to help you live comfortably at home for the long term.
Understand your NDIS funding categories
The first step in ensuring you are maximising home benefits is to understand how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works.
Core supports: To assist you with the activities of everyday life such as personal care
Capital: To fund capital supports and equipment, assistive technology and home modifications to make you more comfortable at home
Capacity Building: Nine categories of activities to enhance your social and community participation
Understand Your NDIS Plan
Once you have completed an NDIS application and assessment, you will have the opportunity to have input into and review your personalised NDIS plan. The plan will outline the services you require to maintain an independent life. Understanding your plan is part of making sure it is working well for you.
Understand NDIS pricing
The first way to ensure you are maximising your funding is to become familiar with how NDIS services are categorised, costed and charged.
You NDIS plan outlines the disability services you are entitled to receive. You can then find an NDIS provider to deliver these services for you. The services are charged and paid for through your plan’s funding. There are also standards around how much each type of service can be charged at.
You should also look for providers who charge fairly and within National Disability Insurance Agency guidelines.
Keep Track of Your Spending
Our next tip for maximising your funding is to monitor your spending through your plan. Keeping on top of the costs will help you ensure you receive good value services and can clearly see if you are at risk of overspending, or not spending enough, on any particular service category.
By understanding your charges you are more likely to feel in control of the costs.
Where possible, make time to check invoices and receipts related to your plan spending, so that you can be confident you have not been overcharged for services.
Make sure your NDIS plan reflects your needs and goals
Things often change, and this includes your disability support requirements. To ensure you are maximising your funding benefits, ensure that your plan is always up to date.
If something changes, such as your living arrangements, relationship or family status or your health, then contact your Local Area Coordinator.
To ensure your plan is reflective of your long term support needs and goals, we suggest you become familiar with your NDIS funding, plan and allocations. When something needs to be updated, it’s a good idea to be proactive in ensuring the changes are reflected in the plan.
Get Support Coordination
Seeking support with your plan is our next tip for maximising your funds.
If the idea of managing your own plan, spending and service allocation seems too much to handle, then you can always seek assistance with the administration of your plan. Support Coordination can be allocated as a service within your NDIS plan, meaning a Support Coordinator can take this worry off your hands.
Your Support Coordinator will work with you and provide assistive support in dealing with NDIS providers. They can help you:
- Allocate funds
- Arrange services
- Update services
- Get quotes for home modifications
Review the Assistive Technology, Home Modifications and Consumables Code Guide
A new code guide outlining entitlements for technology and modifications has been released in July 2023.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS Assistive Technology, Home Modifications and Consumables Code Guide lists the most commonly used supports that can be arranged from the Capital budget.
Being familiar with this code is vital because you may be eligible for NDIS funding for items you may have thought were not covered by the scheme.
The types of consumables and technologies included in this code include:
- Home modifications
- Beds and pressure care mattresses
- Aids for dressing or specialised clothing
- Bathroom and toilet equipment
- Personal alarms
- Respiration and circulation equipment
- Communication equipment
- Products for vision
- Products for hearing
- Assistance animals
- Mobility equipment
- Prosthetics or orthotics
- Vehicle modifications
Because individual needs and goals vary among NDIS participants, this is not a comprehensive list of all supports that may be provided under this budget.
If you need particular modifications or technology to provide more comfort or improved living arrangements, then make sure to discuss this requirement with your Plan Coordinator.
Nursed care for NDIS plan management
At Nursed Care, we have received accreditation from the National Disability Insurance Scheme and are a proud NDIS provider. When you work with Nursed Care you will benefit from:
Improved health outcomes
Improved learning outcomes
Improved life choices
Improved daily living skills
Increased social options and more community connections
Support to have your individual needs met
Our friendly team provide plan management to people with disabilities in New South Wales. Contact to discuss our support coordination and start spending your NDIS funding!
Frequently asked questions
There is plenty of benefit in having someone assist you with the coordination and administration of your NDIS plan. As your service coordinator, Nursed Care will work to:
- Process provider invoices
- Keep track of your spending and available NDIS funds
- Resolve issues and incorrect charges
- Keep records related to your plan and purchased services
- Take the pressure of family members who are assisting you
If you would like plan management added to your plan, simply request to access these supports at your next plan check in. Or, contact the NDIS to request a review of your current plan and consider additional services.