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NDIS support Categories with Flair and Fine Care in Melbourne

NDIS support Categories

To understand the NDIS plan is sometimes challenging, especially for those who are new to NDIS. Once the participant receives their NDIS plan, it’s always a good idea to understand the plan thoroughly to know the various NDIS support categories and how one can get the maximum benefits to achieve the goals.

The funding in the NDIS Plan is allocated in separate categories which are sometimes called NDIS support categories or NDIS budget categories. Depending on the individual needs, one may receive funding in one or more of these categories. There are some recent changes in the categories after the introduction of the PACE system, introduced by NDIS.

Some of the support categories are flexible, which means one can spend the budget from that category on any reasonable and necessary support, according to NDIS guidelines.

In Stated support categories, one can only use specific supports that are stated in the plan. It cannot be used flexibly.

Funding Categories:

The main NDIS funding categories are Core supports, Capital supports, and Capacity Building supports. There is a new category introduced in the PACE system which is called Recurring supports. Only people on PACE plans may have funds under Recurring support.

1. Core supports.
Core Support is the main NDIS category which is flexible, and most of the PWDs have funding in this category of NDIS Plan. Through this category, one can get the assistance in the activities that help in everyday life. For example, Assistance with self-care activities such as showering, dressing, toileting etc; domestic activities such as cleaning, gardening and shopping. Core supports budget is the most flexible NDIS funding category. One can use the funding across the support categories.

Types of Core Supports:

Assistance with daily life: support to access personal and domestic care and help with household tasks.

Assistance with Social and Community Participation: In this category, the funding can be utilised for supports to access sport or art classes and other activities that build skills and independence.

Consumables: A support category available to assist participants with purchasing everyday items and services.

Transport: one can get assistance in transport associated with specialised schooling or education programs, reaching a place of employment or participating in recreational or community activities.

Home and living (for individuals on PACE only): There are a number of different types of home and living support that the NDIS may provide. These can include supports to live independently, home modifications, short term accommodation (STA) and supports to improve living skills.

Young people in residential aged care (YPIRAC) (for people on PACE plans only): This refers to someone under the age of 65 who lives permanently in a residential aged care facility.

Some of these categories like Home and Living and Young People in Residential Aged Care are not flexible though.

2. Capital Supports
Capital support has funding for more expensive usually one-off purchases like assistive technology, mobility aid, equipment, home or vehicle modification, and specialist disability accommodation (SDA).

Capital supports are the least flexible NDIS budget category. The budget for this support is restricted to specific items identified in one’s NDIS Plan.

Types of Capital supports:

Assistive technology: This is a term used to cover items and devices that can help you to become more independent and do things you may otherwise not be able to do because of your disability.
Assistive technology maintenance, repair and rental: For people on PACE plans only (people on original/legacy NDIS Plans can pay for these items with their Core supports budget). If your plan has funding for repairs, you can get repairs and maintenance done as necessary. You should always ask for a quote from the repairer so you know how much it may cost.

Home modifications: These are custom changes made to a home to make it easier and safer for you to access and use. NDIS home modifications can cover small or significant changes to the structure, layout or fittings of your home to meet your individual disability needs.
Specialised disability accommodation (SDA): Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing specially designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

3. Capacity Building supports.
Capacity Building funding is for activities that support PWDs to become more independent. Through this funding, the participants can learn new skills to improve independence and to achieve their goals.

Types of Capacity Building supports:

Support coordination (called “Support coordination and psychosocial recovery coach” under PACE): Through this support funding, the participants can get the assistance from a Support Coordinator or Social Recovery Coach to understand the plan and use it most effectively. They connect NDIS participants to organisations and services for support suited to the individual needs.

Improved living arrangements: Support to find and maintain an appropriate place to live.

Improved relationships (called “Relationships” under PACE): The aim of Improved relationships is to provide funds for specialised assessment and support where a person has complex or unclear behavioural needs.

Improved health and wellbeing (called “Health and wellbeing” under PACE): Includes exercise or diet advice to manage the impact of your disability. The NDIS does not fund gym memberships.

Improved learning (called “Lifelong learning” under PACE): Can be used for assessment, training or therapy to help increase your skills, independence and community participation.

Improved life choices (called “Choice and control” under PACE): This funding is used for Plan Management through a provider who can pay the invoices on PWDs behalf to different providers.

Improved daily living: It can be used for assessment, training or therapy to help increase your skills, independence and community participation.

Behaviour support (for people on PACE plans only): This funding provides supports to develop behavioural management strategies to reduce the intensity of behaviours of concern. This includes specialist behavioural intervention supports to help improve your quality of life.

Flair & Fine Care is NDIS registered provider for Core support. We provide support in Household Activities, Participation in Community Activities, Development of Daily Living and Life Skills, Assistance with Travel and Transport, Assistance with Daily Personal Activities. We connect the participants with Support Workers according to their individual needs, including cultural and lingual preferences with the help of our diverse and experienced team. We provide reliable, and friendly care to customise the care according to the individual needs of participants. We are always open and ready to provide the best support for fuss-free services so the participants can take progressive steps towards independence.