The NDIS may appear to some to be a complex system to navigate, however, it’s an invaluable tool that supports so many wheelchair users. Magic Mobility has taken a look at a few great tips to assist with compiling an NDIS plan. You might even be able to use these to communicate why you believe a powered wheelchair might be right for your client!
It’s important to make sure that your clients’ Local Area Coordinator knows everything about them and what their life goals include. The NDIA’s vision in Assistive Technology is to “build an empowering, sustainable and consistent approach to ensure National Disability Insurance Scheme participants have a choice in, and access to, individualised assistive technology solutions that enable and enhance their economic and community participation.”
When assisting to prepare the plan it is important to understand the way the NDIS allocates funds. The budget is split into 3 main categories – Core, Capital and Capacity Building. Your client’s future powerchair will be funded through the Capital category, the category that covers equipment and materials.
As a further part of the plan, it will be advantageous to know the kind of Assistive Technology required, how it links to your client’s goals and whether there could be cost savings delivered through a powered wheelchair. For example, the lift function on a new Magic Mobility powerchair might mean that fewer carer hours are needed or a client’s home may need less remodelling.
The NDIS does of course support complex AT solutions such as Magic Mobility all-terrain powerchairs. These can be specified taking into account a person’s unique needs.
A therapist is of the utmost importance in supporting the client to prepare the plan together. A therapist with expertise in the kind of Assistive Technology needed and in the prescribing of it. Ideally, a therapist would also have a deep experience in a client’s specific kind of disability.
As a therapist, you are part of a critical team that works together in delivering the best outcome for your client. Your client needs to feel confident that they are surrounded by professionals who know them, and who can help navigate them into the right chair.