Having comfortable and suitable accommodation is important if you or a loved one is living with a disability. You should also be able to choose where and how you live.
There are numerous things to take into consideration while choosing a home because housing and living circumstances might affect our quality of life.
Increased community connections, access to informal support, and more independent living arrangements can all be made possible by a well-designed home in the ideal location.
The NDIS was created to support participants in leading as independent a life as possible and participating in community life. As a result of this dedication, there are now more accommodations available as well as support services for people with disabilities.
Customizing your NDIS Plan
It's important that you and your family talk about your home and living goals during the planning phase of creating your NDIS plan. In addition to the additional help you can get through the conventional housing system, your plan will include support funded by the NDIS.
There is also NDIS assistance available to make it possible for you to stay in your own home if you currently do so and would like to.
Finding a good place to live
You can choose the type of housing that is best for you from a variety of possibilities. You might be able to secure financing through your plan for a support coordinator, whose job it is to guide you as you investigate your housing alternatives.
A support programme called "aid with housing and tenancy duties" is also available to assist people in finding and/or keeping acceptable housing. This can involve supporting you when you apply for a rental home and when you negotiate the terms of your lease. You must request that your plan include this particular kind of help.
What does the NDIS fund?
The NDIS was created to empower people with disabilities in making decisions about their housing options and to give them the tools they need to live happy, productive lives.
NDIS assistance could consist of:
- Depending on what is required due to your disability, you may need to make changes to your own house or a private rental property. The needs associated with your impairment may mean that your current living situation is unsuitable. If you need to modify your home to accommodate a wheelchair, for instance, so that you can carry out daily tasks, then you might be in a wheelchair.
- Delivering in-home assistance to persons with severe behavioural needs who require regular oversight and expert assistance from disability professionals.
- Whether it would improve their quality of life, helping people move to alternative, acceptable housing or offering them more support if they prefer to stay in their current residences.
- Support for patients in medical facilities who, upon discharge, are unable to make it back home safely
- Support for individuals who are currently residing in temporary, dangerous, or unsuitable housing and for whom mainstream agencies are unable to offer suitable alternatives due to the participant's disability-related needs.
Social and community housing
In Australia, social and affordable housing is the responsibility of the state and territory governments. They have a responsibility to assist people in locating affordable accommodation in the broader rental market, subject to waiting periods. The cost of housing is helped with the help of programmes like Commonwealth Rent Assistance, a payment made through Services Australia, and the National Rental Affordability Scheme adds more affordable rental units.
The NDIS may also help with the cost of your accommodation if you require specialized housing as a result of your disability. If you are unable to find housing through the regular public or private housing market, you may need to submit a home and living support application in order to get this financing.
If you have a disability and are younger, the NDIS could be able to help you locate mainstream housing once you move out of your family's house or a group home. It's important to talk with your plan manager about your longer-term goals, as well as how, where, and with whom, while deciding where to live. If increasing your level of independence is your primary goal, this can be taken into account in your plan.
Even though the NDIS does provide some assistance in this area, you are still responsible for all daily living costs associated with your housing, including rent, utilities, groceries, phone, and internet costs. This also applies to common household items like furniture, a refrigerator, and other kitchen appliances.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
This unique style of housing is for those with extremely high and complex support needs who need specialized housing and round-the-clock, professional care. The majority of the time, this lodging is a home or a unit that is shared with other individuals.
These support services are not funded by the NDIS; rather, the homes where these services are provided are.
Only a limited number of NDIS participants—people with severe functional disabilities and substantial support needs—receive this form of payment.
Funding will be included in the plans of eligible participants who need access to SDA to cover any housing expenses associated with a handicap that exceed the standard housing expenses. Tenants will still be required to make a "reasonable rent contribution," according to this.
Support costs, often known as "assisted independent living costs," are assessed and financed independently by the NDIS and are not covered by SDA.
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