People with disabilities can face a lot of challenges, and the more severe the disability, the more struggles there will be in everyday life. These challenges don’t just exist in navigating the outside world. Disabilities hamper home life as well.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the vital role disability home care plays in enriching the lives of people with disabilities.
First, a Look At the NDIS Service
NDIS represents the “National Disability Insurance Scheme”. It’s a relatively new government initiative to provide assistance for disabled people on a number of levels. In fact, the scheme not only is designed to assist the person with the disability, but their families and carers as well. It’s aimed at Australian individuals under the age of 65 who suffer from severe and/or permanent disabilities.
NDIS offers a support network involving both helpful information and hands-on assistance. It forms a vital cog in the wheel of assistance for Australians with disabilities.
How NDIS Ties In With Disability Home Care Services
NDIS assists with disability home care services in an extensive number of ways. Essentially, whatever challenges a person with a disability at home faces, the combination of NDIS and disability home services can provide help on just about every level.
Let’s look at some key examples of assistance provided.
In-home modifications are often a necessary requirement to make life easier for people with a disability. For example, if a person is confined to a wheelchair, then things like railings being installed in bathrooms is essential. Another obvious modification is ramps, as a wheelchair cannot go up and down steps.
Travel and transport also play a pivotal role, by providing access to support groups, day groups, rehabilitation sessions and more. NDIS and disability home services combine to provide access to all of this and more.
One of the major roles home services for the disabled provides is assistance with doing everyday tasks. This can include things like preparing meals, doing household chores and cleaning, help with using the bathroom or taking a shower. Even outdoor chores such as gardening and tending to the lawns can be provided. Around the home, people do many things that an able-bodied person doesn’t even really think about, but this multitude of day to day activities can present challenges to someone with a disability.
The development of life skills is yet another facet of both home care and the NDIS program. In order for a person with a disability to become more self-sufficient over time, it’s important that person be trained and offered assistance in improving their skills, and therefore enhancing their quality of life and developing some autonomy. This can be taken a step further if the person with the disability is seeking employment, as NDIS offers support in this area as well.
A key role a home carer will undertake is to plan and coordinate home support for the person with a disability, as well as their family and personal carers. In order for proper home care to take place and for the quality of life in the home to be improved for everyone, individuals must be assessed and a proactive plan put into play to achieve the necessary goals. This planning and coordination can also branch out to include things like aged care placement advice and special accommodation needs for people with a disability.
Community nursing is another facet of disability home care that is made possible with the assistance of the NDIS program. Individuals can also receive assistance in adapting to various life stages and changes in their personal circumstances. Smooth transitioning during these periods is essential for improved quality of life.
It doesn’t matter whether the person with a disability is a child or someone in the advanced stages of life. Home care services are available to assist on a daily basis.
When it comes to all facets of home care, a team of dedicated and experienced professionals will come together with NDIS to plan and implement home care that provides access to everything the individual needs, such as assistance for day to day tasks around the home, transport, home modifications, life skills development and access to important information.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from a disability, take the time to look into how disability home services and NDIS can help.