With schools remaining closed for term 2, how will parents of children with disability manage to continue working from home whilst managing the full time care and support of their child, for the next few months?
Or how about parents who are NDIS participants themselves and now suddenly need to adjust to having their child at home all day every day?
The coronavirus pandemic has led to stress and anxiety for all of us, yet for those with disability, the changes to supports and services can create even more anxiety.
The key focus of the NDIA and NDIS is to ensure that people with disability and their carers remain safe and healthy, and continue to receive the supports and services that meet their daily living needs. If changes to supports need to be made, where possible, they will be made with empathy and care.
Can NDIS supports be adjusted to help in the home?
If your child was receiving a lot of help during the day – either at school, or in day centres – are you able to switch this instead to care and support in your home?
The NDIS has made changes so that Plan budgets are more flexible – you are now able to move money from the Capacity Building section of the plan into the Core Supports section. This is because Core Supports are highly flexible and the money in this section can be spent in more ways, such as to pay a support worker to do grocery shopping, or to pay for a meal delivery service. Core Supports are designed to assist with daily living – therefore these can be used to help your child to stay safely at home and to continue to learn and participate in activities while schools are closed.
If you need additional help organising supports for your child, you can now use your funding for Support Coordination, even if it isn’t included in the Plan. Bear in mind however, that support coordination fees are higher than those for a regular support worker. Check out the NDIS Price Guide for more information.
More funding and flexibility for providers too
Providers are being given an upfront amount of funding so that they can continue to provide timely services and do not need to wait for payment. They are also being paid an additional 10% to cover the increased costs of services provided during the coronavirus pandemic. See more on what the NDIA is doing to help providers during COVID-19.
Quality providers are showing their agility
The current situation has really allowed quality providers to shine and stand out from the rest. Providers with good foundations and great processes have been able to rely on these and innovate in other areas to ensure that their customers continue to receive top quality care and support.