Dementia and the NDIS
If you're living with dementia and are under 65 years old, you could be eligible for funding through the NDIS.
If you or your loved one is living with dementia, there is a lot of support available to you.
In Australia, there are almost 30,000 people living with younger onset dementia (people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s) and this is likely to increase.
Dementia is a broad term that is used to describe a range of diseases that cause a decline in cognitive functioning. One of the most common descriptions is that it is a condition that causes memory loss.
For more detail on the causes, symptoms and treatment of dementia, read our article, What is Dementia?
People with early-onset dementia (people aged under 65 years old who develop dementia) are not automatically accepted to the NDIS. In order to access the scheme, a person needs to provide specialist reports proving that the condition impacts their functioning substantially and it is permanent, as well as outline past and future treatments and prognosis.
In order to receive NDIS funded supports, a person will need to satisfy the entry criteria including age and disability. The age restriction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme means a person must apply for entry prior to turning 65 years of age.
After the age of 65, people who are living with dementia can apply for support through My Aged Care.
It is important to note that the NDIS will not pay for health or medical related supports. The scheme will only fund supports which help the participant manage ongoing functional impairment that results from their disability.
The supports likely to be funded by the NDIS, are the ones associated to achieving goals, for example: Daily life, Living arrangements, Relationships, Health and wellbeing, Learning, Work, Social and community activities and Choice and control.
If you’re just starting out, you’ll need to contact the National Disability Insurance Agency to begin the application process.
The application process can be time-consuming and really confusing. To ensure you’re ready and complete your application well, have a look at our top 5 tips to successfully apply for the NDIS.
If you or your loved one already has an NDIS Plan, well done! You can now access a fantastic range of supports and services that will help you to remain independent and involved in the community.