How to Choose the Right NDIS Housing Provider
January 2, 2023
When it comes to choosing the right NDIS housing provider, there are some important things to consider! The ideal NDIS housing provider for you will come down to a range of factors, including the level of support you need, your goals and what your approved NDIS funding allows.
Here are some tips to help find the best Specialist Disability Accommodation, Supported Independent Living and NDIS Short Term Accommodation providers:
1. Talk to the experts
If you’re looking to make the move to NDIS housing, your first step should be to talk to your NDIS local area coordinator who will be able to walk you through the steps to access funding and get connected with a range of potential NDIS housing providers to explore.
A support coordinator will be also able to help you with your NDIS plan, and can connect with you suitable providers in your area. Be sure to speak with your NDIS representative if you think a Support Coordinator will be beneficial to you.
Likewise if you have friends or family that have experience with NDIS housing providers, speak to them about their experiences and ask for their recommendations.
2. Do your research
Before you choose a NDIS housing provider, remember to do your own research. This can include reading online reviews, visiting each provider’s website to compare their services, and look at their social media pages or Google listing where you may find client testimonials and get a better look at who they are, and what they do.
Ask yourself, does this company have the right services available for me? What are their company values and do they align with my goals? How much experience do they have and are they qualified?
What are the waitlist times like and how soon can I get support? What about this provider appeals to me?
“When considering your accommodation provider, ensure they are qualified, experienced and have received positive feedback from existing or previous clients.” Cheryl Joseph, Aspire Hub’s Director of Operations says.
“You will also want to look at the quality and locations of their housing. At Aspire Hub, we believe every person should have access to a safe, inviting and secure place to call home, in a convenient and connected location, and with all the personalised support they need. It’s this belief that brings each of our NDIS housing locations to life.” You can contact our friendly Aspire Hub team here, who are always happy to answer any questions you might have about support or accommodation services.
3. Visit an expo
Check out your local events calendar and make note of any disability expos you can attend!
Expos are a great way to learn all about the different products and services available, including government and advocacy organisations, aids and equipment providers, social and leisure options, transport and vehicles, health and medical products and services, allied health professionals and support services. You will also have the opportunity to speak with a number of NDIS housing providers, get to know their teams, and chat about their services.
Developing Australian Communities runs a great annual expo across Australia’s major cities. Learn more here.
4. Consider the types of NDIS housing available
There are different types of home and living supports that the NDIS can fund. It’s best to work with your network of supports to identify what will best suit your needs.
· Short term accommodation: STA, including respite, is funding for support and accommodation for a short time away from your usual home. You might have a short stay with other people, or by yourself. As a leading NDIS short term accommodation provider, Aspire Hub has a growing list of quality NDIS housing locations across south east Queensland, and now Perth, in Western Australia.
· Medium term accommodation: MTA gives you somewhere to live while you are waiting for a long-term housing solution. It is only funded if you’re waiting for your disability related supports and have a confirmed long term housing solution.
· Specialist disability accommodation: SDA is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high needs. SDA homes are constructed to be more accessible for you, and are usually shared with a small number of other people. Find out more about Aspire Hub’s NDIS housing and services here.
5. Identify your needs, wants and non-negotiables
There are a number of housing options to consider under the NDIS. Housing and living arrangements can have a big influence on our health, happiness and wellbeing, so it’s important to think about your needs and the things that will most improve your quality of life!
You may want to consider:
- How close do your friends and family live?
- Can you access work or transport options nearby?
- What community do you want to live in?
- Whether you can access public spaces and amenities, recreation, activities and services – such as parks, walking paths, basketball courts, libraries, cafes and shops
- Who you would be comfortable living with – do you want to live with likeminded people, who share similar interests or are close in age?
“A well-designed house in the right location can allow for so many benefits,” Cheryl says. “A more independent living arrangement in a good location, can increase your community connection and access to your informal supports. As a trusted NDIS housing provider, we take the time to understand our clients and match them with the perfect accommodation that empowers them to live their best lives.”
A quality NDIS Housing provider, with no waiting lists
With more than 30 years’ combined industry experience, the Aspire Hub team are passionate about providing the right support for you.
To learn more or enquire now about Aspire Hub’s NDIS housing and services, click here.