National Disability Insurance Scheme
The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has changed the way in which people under 65 will receive support for amputation, limb loss or limb difference.
The NDIS will provide funding for people with a disability, including amputees to enable them to be independent and participate in home, work and recreation, this includes funding for prosthetic limbs.
There a several things that you will need to consider when transitioning or applying for the NDIS, this can be difficult if you are unsure.
The physiotherapist and social worker will assist you with registering for the NDIS whilst you are in hospital.
If you are eligible for the NDIS and have received an ‘access decision’ letter, the next step is creating your NDIS plan.
Meeting with an ‘NDIS Planner’
You will need to prepare prior to the meeting with your NDIS Planner. Your NDIS Planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will help you to develop your Plan. Your Plan should take into account all of the things that you need to achieve your goals, live your life and plan for your future.
Think about and take into consideration what you will need to regain your mobility, live independently, achieve your goals and make informed decisions based on choice and control.
We advise people to take note of things over several weeks, write it down and take it with you when you see the Planner or LAC. It is important to flag the days when you need more support or assistance than usual, this is the times when you need the help.
Depending on your level/s of amputation you may need to consider including emergency assistance funding.
Core Supports help you with everyday activities, your current disability-related needs and to work towards your goals. Your Core Supports budget is the most flexible, and in most cases, you can use your funding across any of the four support categories. However, there are instances where you do not have flexibility in your funding, particularly for transport funding.