It might be difficult to grasp what support is available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a person with a disability, or as a parent or carer of a child with a disability. The NDIS funds and provides services based on your goals, so the options available to you or a loved one will vary depending on what you need help with.
Knowing the ins and outs of your plan can help you in charting a successful path. In this article, we’ll look at the Core Supports budget category and how you can get the most out of your funding.
What are NDIS Core Supports?
Things that help you in your day-to-day life are considered core supports in the NDIS. The Core Supports budget is the most versatile part of your budget, with funding often being able to be spent in any of the four categories. Anything you use or do to help you in your day-to-day life could be considered a Core support in your NDIS Plan.
NDIS Core Supports examples
- Self-care chores such as showering and dressing.
- Assistance with personal domestic tasks such as housework and necessary yard work.
- Supported Independent Living (SIL) assistance.
- Health-related services for people with disabilities.
- Transportation for general and specialised appointments or to and from work, including continence, wound and pressure care, diabetes, and podiatry.
- Consumable commodities like, continence and Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) products.
- Access to communal, social, and recreational activities.
Core Supports Categories
1. Assistance with Daily Life
Living with a disability might make ordinary household tasks difficult or impossible to complete alone in some situations. Cleaning, yard work, cooking, and personal care assistance may be included in your Core support budget.
If you require assistance getting ready for the day, getting to appointments, or doing daily health and fitness activities, these could all be covered under your budget’s assistance with daily life category.
Consumables are items that you rely on on a daily basis due to your disability. These things may boost your self-esteem or assist you in becoming more independent.
If you need continence aids, low-cost assistive technology goods, or devices to improve your everyday independence, they’re likely to be reimbursed within your consumables budget.
3. Assistance with social and community participation
There are numerous advantages toward being involved in your community. Improved connections, a more active social life, and a sense of community belonging can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health.
The core supports budget can assist you with social and community participation by providing transportation to and from social and community activities such as classes, camps, and sports. This could involve a support person who can assist you in participating in these activities or connecting and socialising with others.
If you are unable to use public transportation due to your disability and need assistance getting to work, events, or other locations that may help you reach your goals, you may be eligible for transportation funds from your core supports budget.
What are the best ways for me to make the most of my Core Supports funding?
Setting specific goals that can be met with additional help from any section of your Core Supports budget is critical for making the most of your funds.
If learning a new skill is your objective, it could be paid by your social and community participation budget. If you wish to learn how to be more independent in your daily life and make friends, you might be eligible for funding to help you get ready for the day and cook meals under the assistance with daily life category.
Have more questions?
At Personalised Support Services (PSS), we are driven to help you lead a happier and more independent life. So whether you are looking for a helping hand around the house or building your independence, our friendly team is ready to support you every step of the way.