Dementia Australia has launched a new resource to support people living with younger onset dementia and their carers when navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS is the new way support will be provided to eligible Australians under the age of 65 with any permanent disability, including younger onset dementia.
This new toolkit provides information and guidance specifically for people living with younger onset dementia and their support people on making their initial application to the NDIS. It also contains advice on preparing an NDIS plan, following confirmation of eligibility, upon which funding for all future services, aids and equipment will be based.
While the purpose of the NDIS is to provide consumers with greater choice, individualised support and the flexibility to manage these supports, the complexities associated with accessing the new system need to be addressed.
The NDIS undoubtedly holds lots of wonderful opportunities for improved care amongst people with younger onset dementia, navigating a new system can seem daunting, particularly for a person with cognitive impairment. For that reason, it is important that resources like this toolkit exist to ensure people are best equipped to maximise the support offered by the NDIS.
Delivered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the NDIS began at a number of trial sites around Australia from July 2013. As of July 2016, it was formally launched and is currently being introduced in stages across the country. It will roll-out incrementally over three years to ensure it is successful and sustainable, and is expected to be fully operational by July 2018.
Dementia Australia thanks the NSW Department of Family and Community Services for funding this resource. The NDIS Toolkit for People Living with Younger Onset Dementia and their Carers can be accessed by clicking here or by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
More details about the NDIS can be found on the NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au. You can also call the NDIA on 1800 800 110 from 8am to 11pm, Monday to Friday.