10 things you should know about NDIS housing options
June 26, 2023
Your home, your castle: 10 things you should know about NDIS housing options
If you’re a participant wondering ‘can NDIS help with housing?’, we’re breaking down the different ways the NDIA helps people with disabilities to get into accessible accommodation!
1. NDIS Housing refers to homes that are specifically designed to support people with disability
NDIS housing options may include specialist disability accommodation (SDA), which is purpose-built for people with high support needs. For example, SDA homes may include features such as wheelchair accessibility, enhanced communication systems, and built-in assistive technology.
2. The NDIS has been a gamechanger for housing people with a disability
The NDIS is providing more options, more support and the ability to live more independently for many. It does this through a variety of support and accommodation options.
3. Only a small percentage of NDIS participants will receive funding from the NDIA for SDA
The NDIS only provides funding for SDA to eligible participants with a permanent and significant disability who require specialist housing.
4. There are a number of different NDIS housing options for you consider
Short Term and Medium-Term Accommodation, SDA and Supported Independent Living are different options for you, your loved ones, and your NDIS plan coordinator to consider. Aspire Hub can help you find the right fit for your needs. Our goal is to ensure you have the right support to achieve your housing goals and live a fulfilling life.
Regardless of which form of housing you are best suited to, and eligible for, all our Aspire Hub homes are safe, secure, modern and inviting. And, they’re conveniently located near all of life’s essentials.
Learn more about Aspire Hub’s NDIS housing options and services here.
5. You can explore the options available in your NDIS planning meeting
You can request ‘coordination of supports’ in your NDIS plan to fund a support coordinator to help you look at the various housing options available to you. Your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) can provide you with information about housing providers in your area. In addition, they can help you understand the eligibility requirements for SDA. You can also contact us at Aspire Hub here.
6. You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SDA
When the NDIS decide if you’re eligible for specialist disability accommodation, they will consider what other supports you need and how they’ll work together. Therefore, you will only receive funding for SDA if it’s a better option for your disability support needs than other supports alone.
Typically, you will only need specialist disability accommodation if you need to live in a specialised home, and you also need very high levels of person-to-person support.
7. To work out if you’re eligible, the NDIS will ask for evidence about your needs
You may be required to provide a report from an allied health professional to determine your eligibility. The NDIS will also ask you questions like:
- Do you have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs?
- Do you have a specialist disability accommodation needs requirement?
- Does specialist disability accommodation meet the NDIS funding criteria for you?
8. A support coordinator can also help!
If you’re struggling to navigate the process of finding and accessing housing options through the NDIS, you may be eligible for support coordination. Support coordination can help you identify and access the supports and services you need to achieve your housing goals.
9. SDA funding is separate from other NDIS funding
SDA funding is intended to cover the cost of the physical building and any specialist equipment or features required to support the needs of the participant. So, it’s designed to provide a range of NDIS housing options to meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities, including apartments.
10. It’s best to choose a NDIS registered provider
A registered NDIS provider is officially recognised by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission for meeting strict quality, safety, and service standards. This includes having the right policies, procedures, and systems in place to support people with disabilities.
This means that you can have confidence in the quality of support and services you will receive and be assured that your rights as a participant or client are protected.
Discover Aspire Hub, your trusted NDIS registered provider in southeast Queensland and Perth
With guaranteed response within one business day, industry-leading accommodation supports and dedicated registered nurses, the team at Aspire Hub are dedicated to delivering the best supports every time.
Founded by a passionate team with more than 30 years combined experience, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands.
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