We know that families and carers are key partners in the support of people with disability, as you provide help and support that cannot be provided by formal services or paid support workers. One of the core aims of the NDIS is to better support you in caring for your loved one.

If the person you care for requests it, when they enter the scheme you may play a vital role in helping with decision making about ongoing support needs, goal setting, assessment, and the planning process.

We are able to assist you with information about supports that are available to you under other government-funded programs, including courses and peer-support programs.

Every NDIS participant will have an individualised plan that is tailored to their goals, personal circumstances, and support needs. The types of supports that the NDIS may help fund that may have direct or indirect benefit for families and carers include:

  • Personal care to support an individual in their home or the community
  • Supports to assist people with a disability to enjoy social and community interaction without relying solely on families or carers
  • Assistance with tasks of daily living, including help to improve a person’s ability to do things
  • Supported employment services and help for people to move to work programs that prepare people with a disability for work
  • Caring-related training to enhance your ability to provide care.

Supports that maintain a carer’s health and wellbeing, such as participation in a support group or special interest network, will also be considered. In deciding whether to fund or provide a support, what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks, and the community to provide will be considered.

For more information, contact us by email office@moelifeskills.vic.edu.au or phone (03) 5127 7999.

Source: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)