In-Home care is receiving customised care and support from qualified carers and nurses within the comfort of your home. Home care is available to the elderly and NDIS participants and aims to improve ones quality of life and help people achieve their independence milestones.
Finding the right provider for your in-home care isnt always straight forward. You’ll need have a conversation with your Support Cordinator and Plan Manager to determine your specific needs and customise a home care plan that’s right for you. To help you make an informed decision, we have made a list of the ten most frequently asked questions about NDIS in-home care.
- What’s In-Home Care?
Also known as home care, in-home care is any professional support service that helps the sick, disabled, or elderly individuals live safely and comfortablty in their homes. It involves specific supports such as personal care, domestic assistance, transport assistance, community participation and more.
- Is In-Home Care Covered By the NDIS?
Yes, it’s covered. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a funding scheme that supports Australians living with a significant or permanent disability. It provides these individuals with information and connection to services that enhance their quality of life, with in-home care being one service at the forefront.
Through In-home care, NDIS-registered providers helps people with disabilities to live independently in their home by assisting with personal care routines and household tasks.
- Who’s Eligible for In-Home Care?
Eligibility for in-home care depends on several factors. You must be an NDIS participant, meaning you must have a significant or permanent disability and be below 65 years.
Those who are 65 years or older can still access in-home care services by applying for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
- How to Apply for NDIS In-Home Care?
If you’ve met the eligibility criteria and you’d like to apply for NDIS in-home care, you can call NDIS to make an Access Request, or alternatively, you can fill in an Access Request Form. You can also contact your local LAC or NDIA office.
- What Are the Benefits of In-Home Care?
After hospitalisation, most Australians prefer to heal at home. Seniors and people living with disabilities typically stay independent and live in their homes as long as possible. In-home offers several benefits to support activities of daily living, including help with household tasks and personal care routine.
Here are five benefits of in-home care services.
- Independence: Perhaps the best thing about in-home care services is that it allows you to maintain your independence. Caregivers help you with activities around the house so you can take pride in your living space and have more time to do the things that matter.
- Familiar environment: A change of the surroundings can be stressful for and can take time to adjust and get used to new environments. With in-home care, you’re in a space that’s familiar and comfortable to you.
- Personalised care: In-home care means that the caregiver only focuses on you and your needs. This means you receive completely personalised care, specific to your needs and requirements. Home-care can also be round the clock, or at specific times throughout the week depending on your requirements.
- Companionship: As you have someone helping you with the more routine tasks, provides you with the much needed time to foucs on your relationships and social life. You’ll also foster a close bond between you and your carer.
- Benefits to the family: Your family members can focus on the things that matter, such as going to outings and social activities instead of helping maintain the house.
- Who Will Provide My In-Home Care?
NDIS-registered providers offer in-home care services. It will be a combination of NDIS support workers, allied health professionals, specialist nurses, and other care providers ready to see you for special needs.
- What Kind’s of Care Can I Recieve?
In-Home care includes any professional support services that will allow you or your loved one to live safely in their homes. These services fall under three main categories – nursing services, allied health, and personal care. Some services you can receive include:
- Personal care
- Social support
- Nursing care
- Domestic assistance
- Meal preparation
- Allied health support
- Help with appliances and aids
- Medication management
- What’s the Difference Between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is under the in-home care category and involves supervising individuals’ daily tasks to help them live as independently as possible while developing their skills.
On the other hand, a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a housing plan created for NDIS members with very high support needs or extreme functional impairment. It has features that help people live independently and have better access to in-home care services.
- Can My Family Be Present While I Receive Care?
Of course! A family member can be present as you receive care from home. Perhaps you would like them present during the first few visits from your carer until you feel comfortable being alone.
- What’s the cost of In-Home Care?
NDIS participants receive funding in their plans to access the necessary and reasonable service and support to help accomplish their objectives. The funding is directed to people living with permanent or significant disabilities.
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If you’re looking for NDIS home care across Australia, look no further than OSAN Ability. We have an expert team of Nurses, allied health professionals, and specialist NDIS carers dedicated to offering high-quality in-home care services to our clients. We’re just a call away!