At Home Caring, we are constantly looking for new ways to help our clients and ensure that your loved one receives the absolute best and ultimate levels of care and support. That’s why we are delighted to be an NDIS Assistive Technology provider. We can provide assistive technology to our NDIS clients. If you are considering using our services, it is absolutely vital that you understand what this means and how it could benefit you.
Assistive Technology Explained
To learn about assistive technology, you need to know about the NDIS or National Disability Insurance Scheme. This is a new solution that is designed to support Australians who are suffering from permanent disabilities. It started in 2016 with the aim of empowering individuals with disabilities to ensure that they could gain the support needed to reach their personal development and independence goals. It is managed and run by the National Disability Insurance Agency and the initial aim was for the full rollout to be completed by 2019.
Through the solution, funds are provided for services and aids. These services are based on providing the support individuals need to reach their goals. As well as support services, therapy and training, this also includes assistive technology.
You may already have an NDIS plan or you could be exploring seeking out this option. If so, you may already be somewhat familiar and aware of the concept of assistive technology. Perhaps you have heard this term before but you could still be unsure what it is and what exactly it entails. That’s why it’s worth exploring this concept in full to guarantee you know how it’s going to benefit you.
The official definition used by the NDIS for assistive technology comes directly from the World Health Organisation. Essentially, it is referred to as any device or system on the market that will provide users with the option to perform many tasks that they would be unable to do. As such, it will lead to a higher level of ease for the individual and further safety while increasing the number of tasks that can be performed.
It’s important to note that assistive technology does not cover all forms of support. There are plenty of exceptions that may be relevant depending on your needs and requirements. These include items that are used during periods of rehabilitation. Changes to the physical environment are also not part of this category and mainstream technology that does not provide direct support to an individual so that they can overcome a limitation is also not included. However, modifications could be part of this category.
So, while a car may not be part of this coverage, medications available for that car could be. Particularly if they help someone who has a specific disability.
A service that provides support is also not included in NDIS assistive technology if it doesn’t include the use of a particular device.
Something to be aware of is that the NDIS is not able to fund certain items that are more appropriately funded by another agency or body. For instance, it’s possible that there are items that are available in the health sector. If this is the case, you will not be able to use your NDIS funding to cover this type of support.
Does It Just Mean The Latest Tech?
A common misconception surrounding assistive technology is that it only refers to the latest tech and gadgets on the market. However, this is not the case. Instead, it could refer to any type of tech including low tech. Assistive technology may also refer to solutions that involve no tech at all and instead covers a massively diverse range of different items that could provide significant benefits to a client. For instance, there might be a plastic tool that is used to help open a tin of food for the individual. Even something as simple as this could be considered assistive technology.
Alternatively, it could also mean a fully customised wheelchair with multiple settings and often to ensure that it provides the greatest level of support to the user. As such, there is a massive variation here.
The Different Levels Of NDIS Assistive Technology
There are various different levels of NDIS assistive technology that are available. These have been categorised specifically by the NDIS. They include:
Basic – Basic assistive technology refers to solutions that are low in cost and provide a low level of risk. Usually, the individual is going to identify and note the items themselves that could provide benefits and support their needs. Examples might include labels that have large print as well as handrails and ramps. This is another example of how assistive technology may not include actual tech.
Standard – Standard products can be purchased off the shelf. As such, they can be tested and used by the individual before they decide on a final choice. There are again multiple examples from a bath seat to ramps and handrails.
Specialised – While similar to standard assisted technology, there is a key difference to keep in mind here. This level of tech will often need to be modified. The modifications will ensure that the technology is able to match the specific needs of the participant. Some possible examples include key home modifications such as the adaptation of a bathroom area as well as pressure mattresses.
Complex – Finally, there is complex assistive technology. This is not available on the shelf and will instead usually be custom made to suit the individual needs of an individual. It can also be configured specifically for one person’s requirements rather than being a system that will suit the needs of multiple people. Some of the examples might include home modifications that are considered to be complex or cochlear implants.
The Types Of Assistive Technology
We have already provided extensive information on the different levels of assistive technology. However, you may also be interested in the types that could be available to you. It is important to note that the options available are both wide and varied, largely depending on specific individual needs. There is a massive range of possibilities suitable for different types of disabilities.
The most common use of assistive technology related to personal mobility equipment. With this tech individuals are able to move around more freely and as such gain a higher level of independence. Examples might include four-wheel walkers or manual wheelchairs, depending on the extent of the needs of the individual.
There are plenty of other options too from personal care products to home modifications and communication equipment. Recreation equipment may also be available as well as equipment used for hearing and items that will help improve the household. Indeed, the tech can be used to improve the home as well as any personal vehicles that are accessed by the individual.
What To Expect From NDIS Assistive Technology
The support we offer you with NDIS assistive technology will be completely dependent on your NDIS plan. As such, it will always involve the completion of an assistive technology assessment. The aim of this assessment is to ensure that both the NDIS and the individual fully understands the assistive technology solutions that are going to be most suitable for you.
It is worth noting that the process that you will go through depends on the assistive technology required. For instance, if items or low cost or low risk, you do not need a form to be sent directly into the NDIS. Instead, if you have funds in your plan, you can find the tech and purchase it for yourself.
On the other hand, complex and specialised assistive technology does require a full assessment form. This must be completed by the assistive technology assessor. In some cases, a higher level of consideration towards the use of assistive technology will be necessary. This could be due to specific concerns about the individual or the environment where the tech is going to be used.
While this may sound complex, we will ensure that you are easily able to access the assistive technology that is supported by your NDIS plan. Our aim is to guarantee that you get the absolute maximum benefits from this solution and that it does live up to your individual requirements.
Things To Consider
There are numerous elements that you must consider when exploring assisted technology. As you can see there is a massive range of different AT options that are available to you. It can get confusing about where to begin and this may make it more of a challenge to gain the full benefits from an option like this. Ultimately, you should start by considering what your specific, individual AT needs are. You then need to think about how complex these needs are and how you are going to manage the AT budget that you have.
How Can We Help?
It is important to note that you or a carer can search for an AT provider. The aim here should be to find the right service that will be able to offer you the absolute best level of support. We aim to be that solution for you.
At Home Caring, we are delighted to be a registered NDIS provider. We believe this ensures that we can offer a higher level of care and support to our clients. Our aim is to always ensure that individuals get the care they need while reducing levels of stress and tackling complex issues, keeping things simple.
A key part of our solution is that we are able to supply the assistive technology that you require or that is needed based on your NDIS plan. This means that you don’t have to worry about seeking out other sources. As well as this, we can ensure that you get the full information and details that you need. If you’re wondering what options of support are available, we can help. We are more than happy to discuss these possibilities with individuals in our care as well as those who represent their best interests.
Alternatively, you might already be using AT. But you could be interested in replacing your AT solutions or exploring different options that may be available. We can help there too and will work to deliver all the information that you need. Remember, your funding can cover the option to choose, trial and select new forms of AT that could help you accomplish your goals and lead to a better quality of life.
We will also help you understand the best ways that the options available and can fit into your plan and be incorporated into your care routine. We have an expert team who are highly knowledgeable about everything related to assistive technology. As such, we are confident that we will be able to help ensure that you find the right aids that best suit your needs. You can also use our service to trial a massive range of products and items. This guarantees that you are going to be able to find the right solution that fits your requirements perfectly. You will even be able to explore different advice options and fittings that will help ensure you can effectively modify your home.
Home Caring our aim is to ensure that you are able to reach your care goals through the full use and support of your NDIS support plan. We will strive to guarantee that you get the best advice and complete solution that you need.
Find Out More Now
Are you interested in learning more about the NDIS assistive technology and how we can support you with this option? If so, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be delighted to provide you with more information and ensure that you can make an informed decision. Our aim is to offer the absolute highest level of care that our clients deserve. We believe that assistive technology is a fundamental part of bringing this particular goal to fruition. Our friendly team members are waiting for your call and will ensure that everything is explained in a way that is simple and easy to understand.