NDIS and Stroke
If you or your loved one has suffered a stroke, you may be eligible for NDIS. Find out what the requirements are and how to find reliable support.
Having a stroke is a life-changing event. It can change how you feel about yourself and impact upon many aspects of your life, bringing changes to lifestyles, routines and roles. Coping with the initial crises and building a new ‘normal’ for yourself and your family can be challenging.
If the stroke you suffered was relatively small, with appropriate support the effects can be overcome and you can expect to live an almost completely normal life.
If you have suffered a more serious stroke your disabilities may be severe and permanent. In these cases, support and understanding from your family and friends, plus intensive rehabilitation from healthcare professionals can often improve your quality of life.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available throughout Australia to anyone, under the age of 65, who can demonstrate they have a permanent intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive or psychosocial disability. The overall aim of the NDIS is to improve an injured person’s ability to function in all aspects of daily living and, over time, gain more independence.
If you, or your loved one, has one or more of these disabilities as a result of a stroke and needs professional support to manage their injury, you may be eligible for support under this scheme.
NDIS funding may be available to provide extra support around the home, allow you to participate in social/ recreational activities, give you access to rehabilitation and exercise programs as well as aid or equipment. Following a stroke, it’s not uncommon to experience a certain degree of anxiety and depression. In these cases, NDIS funding may be available to you for mental health support and any other support you need to help you maintain your wellbeing and your independence.
Once you know you are eligible to access the NDIS you will be required to attend a planning meeting to discuss your needs and any goals you would like to achieve over time. The information you provide at this meeting as it will determine your ongoing NDIS plan and the amount of support you may be able to access through the scheme. It is always useful to provide reports from the healthcare professionals who have been involved in your recovery and rehabilitation.
Fortunately, there is a great deal more known about the effects of stroke on the body and there have been significant advances in rehabilitation programs for stroke survivors. With appropriate support and access to these programs, you have a good chance of regaining your independence and leading the life you planned.
For advice about accessing the NDIS and specialist healthcare and support services in your local area, contact CareAbout on 1300 036 028 or leave your details on our website.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. Some strokes are fatal while others cause permanent or temporary disability. A stroke can happen to anyone, regardless of age and the effects will vary from person to person.
More than 475,00 Australians are living with the effects of stroke. This number figure is predicted to increase to one million by 2050. Recovery after stroke can be a lifelong journey
Some impacts of stroke are obvious immediately and other impacts may take some time to notice and can become worse over time. Each stroke is different and each person affected will have different problems and different needs. The way in which a person might be affected depends on where in the brain the stroke happens and how serious the stroke is.
Some of the problems experienced after stroke may include: weakness on one side of the body, difficulty following food and drink; cognitive and memory issues; vision loss incontinence; problems with mobility and problems controlling/coordinating movements.