The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for a range of disability support services, one of which is personal care services. This blog post from My Support Services, provider of quality disability support, gives you a comprehensive guide to personal care assistance under the NDIS, including what it is, who is eligible, and how to access it.
What Is Personal Care Assistance?
Personal care assistance (PCA) is a type of support service that helps people with disabilities with activities of daily living, such as showering, dressing, and eating. PCA can be provided in someone’s home or in a community setting, such as a day program or respite care service. It can be provided by a support worker, friend or family member, or it can be delivered through community-based services. There are also providers who specialise in personal care for elderly.
Who Is Eligible for Personal Care Assistance?
Personal care services are available to NDIS participants who have been assessed as needing help with activities of daily living. The amount of funding available depends on the individual’s needs and circumstances. To be eligible, you must:
- Be aged 7 years or older
- Have an impairment or condition that is likely to be permanent
- Need help with activities of daily living due to your impairment or condition
- Be likely to need help with activities of daily living for at least the next two years
- Meet the residence requirements
- Meet the citizenship requirements
How Do I Access NDIS Personal Care Assistance?
If you meet the eligibility criteria for personal care assistance, you will need to include this support in your NDIS plan. You can discuss your needs with your NDIS planner or local area coordinator during your planning meeting. Once your plan is approved, you will be able to access personal care assistance through NDIS-registered providers.
If you need help finding a provider, you can contact the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
Giving the Support You Deserve
We hope this guide has given you a better understanding of personal care in NDIS. If you have any further questions about accessing this support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with My Support Services, a leading disability services provider in Melbourne. You can also check out the range of short-term accommodation we offer for NDIS participants. Come visit us or call our support team today to get started!