Your NDIS plan and goals
Once your child has been approved for the NDIS, the first step is to make an initial plan for their care and support. This plan will be in place for 12 months and will give you time to explore your options, find what works best for you and your child, and settle on the goals that you’d like to achieve. If you are currently receiving disability support services through Hummingbird House, you will be able to continue to do so, and we can help you switch over to the NDIS.
Creating your first support plan
In order to start receiving services through the NDIS, you will need to create your child’s first support plan. To do this, an NDIS representative will talk with you about your current situation and the support you receive. They will find out how you and your child go about day-to-day life, and use this information to form the basis of the support plan.
Your plan may include care and services that you’ve already been receiving, as well as other support from your family and friends, medical professionals and disability care providers.
In your planning meeting, if you would like to continue your Hummingbird House services, or try some new ones, make sure to tell your planner.
There are a few things you need to do in order to put your support plan together:
- Decide on your goals. For example: “I want my child to have access to physical therapies that improve their wellbeing”.
- Think about what they need to achieve those goals. For example, you might need support to access therapies like hydrotherapy and occupational therapy.
- Request funding in your NDIS plan to help your child achieve those goals. Your planner will help you to work out which funding you can access. For example, to achieve the goal above, you can request Therapeutic Supports funding. This will pay for things like occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, music and art therapy.
- Once you get your plan, you can decide which provider you want to use.Hummingbird House provides all of these services and more.
Thinking about your goals
The first step to building your child’s plan is to start thinking about your goals and how the services you currently receive help you to achieve those goals. Also think about whether you could benefit from any additional services to help you to achieve other goals.
Some examples of your goals might be any or all of the following:
· I want my child to have the therapy support they need to improve their health and wellbeing
· I want support for my child to do more things in the community with people their own age.
· I want my child to have a short break away from home to enjoy a new environment and experience new things
Your care, your way
With your plan in place, it’s time to start getting the support and care your family needs to live life your way.
Your NDIS plan gives you the flexibility to choose the providers you want to deliver the services your child needs. You can choose to self-manage your plan, or an NDIS local area coordinator can help manage the plan with you, and help you find local services and supports that you require.
The coordinator can also help you manage payments to providers, or you can do this yourself if you wish. Managing your plan is made easy through the participant portal, available through the myGov website. The participant portal will allow you to keep all your documents in one place and manage your funding by making payments through the portal.
Reviewing your plan
After 12 months, you will be able to review your child’s plan and make any necessary changes. Your first 12 months will be a good time to assess how the plan is working, think about your goals and how they might change, and decide if you’re happy with your service providers.