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#1 PrincessPeach

Posted 07 March 2017 - 01:39 PM

Does anyone know if there is any government help available for someone who suddenly has to make their house wheelchair friendly - or is this what the NDIS is supposed to be helping with?

And my next silly question, what do people do if the ndis isn't available in their area yet?

#2 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 March 2017 - 01:55 PM

It's really complex in areas where the NDIS hasn't rolled out.  Is there a social worker involved?  That's where I would start.

Prior to the NDIS it was possible to access some state funding although it's never been easy but now it is really difficult to access.  

Which state are you in?  PM if you don't want to say publicly.

#3 Mimikyu

Posted 07 March 2017 - 01:55 PM

I''d ask the hospital/social worker.

We used to have a scheme run through our neighbourhood centre that gave free labour for mods, and the option to pay off the material costs.

#4 seayork2002

Posted 07 March 2017 - 01:58 PM

Would your local council or dr's surgery be able to assist - even with just some info?

#5 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 March 2017 - 02:05 PM

No.

#6 Expelliarmus

Posted 07 March 2017 - 07:55 PM

Dads modifications were through the OT. They knew the services and process.

#7 PrincessPeach

Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:12 PM

Sorry for being a bit vague, I'm asking on behalf of an extended family member.

They live in rurial Qld, i think the NDIS started in their area at the start of this year.

But I will certainly direct them to the hospital social workers.

#8 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 07 March 2017 - 09:36 PM

They need to contact the NDIS orhave the social worker do it.  If the scheme has rolled out I have been reading that even if they don't exactly meet the criteria of the early roll out they can apply for special consideration.

They are utterly and totally screwed WRT DSQ and funding as DSQ is no longer accepting registrations on the register of need let alone funding physical needs.  We had essential house mods last year but would not be allowed to use funding to do that this year.  It's insanity.

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:22 PM

View PostAcidulous Osprey, on 07 March 2017 - 09:36 PM, said:

They need to contact the NDIS orhave the social worker do it.  If the scheme has rolled out I have been reading that even if they don't exactly meet the criteria of the early roll out they can apply for special consideration.

They are utterly and totally screwed WRT DSQ and funding as DSQ is no longer accepting registrations on the register of need let alone funding physical needs.  We had essential house mods last year but would not be allowed to use funding to do that this year.  It's insanity.

Thanks so much, I will let them know.

#10 echolalia

Posted 08 March 2017 - 09:46 PM

This isn't for an older person is it? They  must be under 65 to access the NDIS.

Edited by echolalia, 08 March 2017 - 09:46 PM.


#11 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:24 AM

That's not completely accurate.  They can access the NDIS after 65 as long as they are a client before they turn 65.

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

View Postecholalia, on 08 March 2017 - 09:46 PM, said:

This isn't for an older person is it? They  must be under 65 to access the NDIS.

No unfortunately, she's only 24.




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