The NDIS scheme exists to help people living with a disability pursue their goals and maximise participation in the community.
When establishing your NDIS plan it is crucial to be proactive in asking for the support and services that you need, including those supports that you may need in the future, even if you don’t think you need them now. Areas often overlooked are clinical assessments (continence and equipment), equipment maintenance and replacement, and respite care.
Continence is one of those issues that impacts on achievement of well-being goals and participation in community activities. How is your continence plan working? It’s commonly believed that ‘a little leaking’ is normal; in fact 70% of people with urinary incontinence never seek advice. Are you able to do everything you wish, or do you limit your activities to avoid inconvenience and embarrassment?
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ParaQuad’s NSW well-regarded Clinical Services Team is here to help. With specialist continence nurse consultants skilled in the support of people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, the team will work with you to get your bladder or bowel care back on track. The team’s services are supported with proceeds from BrightSky Australia, ParaQuad NSW’s retail supplier, delivering quality healthcare products to you at home.
When it comes to equipment replacement and maintenance, it is often helpful to have an occupational therapist review your existing equipment and assess the current state of the equipment and if it is still meeting your needs. ParaQuad can assist with a team of occupational therapists specialised in spinal cord injury, wheelchair prescription and other assistive technology options to help you access suitable equipment to meet your NDIS plan and goals.
Many people are unaware that respite in the form of short-term accommodation can be accessed under the scheme. Respite exists to allow your regular informal carers (family and friends) a break and to ‘re-charge their batteries’. The National Disability Insurance Agency recognises the importance of carers and of sustaining family caring arrangements.
ParaQuad NSW has developed a tool to help guide the discussion with your planner. Our Supporting my life choices preparation guide prompts you to consider your needs in areas such as home, equipment, self-care and well-being. Respite is included in the section My relationships. The guide is available free of charge from ParaQuad NSW’s Peer Support Team. The team is also available to discuss those queries and concerns you may have with the NDIS.
To contact ParaQuad’s Peer Support or Clinical Services Team, phone 1300 662 822 or visit www.paraquad.org.au.