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The NDIS is only three months away for many South Australians, so it is important that families who do not understand the basics of the scheme are proactive in seeking out answers. Families that are well prepared for the NDIS will see better outcomes.

Bedford has a range of great resources that can help you understand the NDIS. Alternatively you can contact Bedford directly to speak to one of our NDIS experts.

Be thorough when thinking about the supports you provide to your loved one

One of the messages that has been repeated time and time again at pre planning sessions and family network meetings is to keep track of the support you provide your loved one. Consider all the things that your family does for your loved one, no matter how big or small. This could include assistance to get to and from social gatherings, assisting them to get dressed in the morning or helping them to pay bills.

Consider long-term and short-term goals

When you discuss goals with your loved one, it is important that you are mindful of both short and long-term goals. For example, if your loved one would like to move out of home but lacks the independence to do so, you may like to think about some of the things that could be done in the short term to make this goal achievable.

Think about whether you would like to access support coordination

One of the most important supports which is becoming available to participants and their families is support coordination. Support coordination will help you understand the NDIS process, including how to access the online portal, how to book services and how to review goals and the conclusion of your plan. If you would like to be more involved in managing your supports, but need one-on-one assistance to help you understand the process, you may wish to ask your NDIS planner for support coordination.

Bedford is here to help you navigate the NDIS. Call us on 8275 0211 to speak with one of our friendly team members today.