The NDIS can be quite difficult and confusing to navigate, especially when first beginning your plan. One way you can ensure that you are getting the most out of your NDIS plan is through thorough pre-planning.
NDIS pre-planning ensures that you know exactly what to expect when you go to your first planning meeting and enables you to communicate the goals and dreams you have that the NDIS can help you achieve.
Here are our top four tips for NDIS pre-planning.
1. Complete Your NDIS Pre Planning Workbook
When preparing for your planning meeting, filling out the NDIS pre-planning booklet is a great place to start. The workbook is the perfect NDIS pre-planning tool as it not only asks you to think about your needs and goals for the future, but also provides space for you to reflect on your current life. This can help to ensure that the supports you eventually choose will suit your current lifestyle and will also draw upon and enhance your current relationships and supports.
Some of the questions included in your NDIS pre-planning workbook include:
- What is your life like now? What kind of education, work and social activities do you currently participate in? What is working well in your life? What would you like to change or improve? What activities do you enjoy and what are you good at? Are there any activities you’re interested in trying, like therapy or volunteering?
- What does your week look like? What regular activities do you have scheduled for each day of the week and what help do you have for each one? What other occasional activities do you do and how often do you do them?
- What are your current living arrangements? What type of accommodation do you currently live in? Who do you live with? Is there anything about your living arrangements that could be changed or improved?
- What relationships do you currently have? Who is important to you in your life? Who currently provides you with informal support, including friends, family and neighbours?
- What supports do you currently have? Which programs do you currently access, particularly those provided by your local community, hospitals, schools or local council? Do you currently have any therapy support such as therapeutic or behaviour support?
Bringing this pre-planning booklet to your first planning meeting will also help you to ensure you don’t forget anything.
2. Set Needs and Goals
Setting clear goals and addressing your needs is one of the most effective ways you can get the most out of your NDIS plan. Think about all aspects of your life and what goals you would like to achieve, both short-term and long-term. This goal setting will make apparent the kinds of supports that would be beneficial to you. In particular, you should take into consideration:
- Employment Would you like to get a job? Or, if you already have a job, would you like to change your hours? Would you like to volunteer?
- Education Would you like to attend school or university, or undertake a course of some sort?
- Social participation Would you like to join a club or attend more events? Would you like to see your friends more often or make new friends?
- Independence Would you like to increase your independence and be able to get around your house or community with less assistance?
- Living arrangements Are there any modifications you would like to make to your home, or would you like to live somewhere different?
- Health and wellbeing Would you like to be more active or take up a sport?
3. Prepare for Your Planning Meeting
Your first NDIS planning meeting may be a bit nerve wracking since you often don’t know what to expect. However, the two tips above will help you prepare for your meeting, ensure that you don’t forget anything, and help you address your specific goals and needs.
Other tips for preparing for your planning meeting include:
- Bring a list of your current service providers as well as a summary of what they provide you with and the cost associated with them.
- If you have any, bring any relevant reports or assessments from allied health professionals.
- Bring a trusted family member, friend or advocate to support you.
- Know how you want to manage your plan in advanced – do you want to be agency-managed, NDIA-managed, self-managed, or a combination?
- Feel free to ask questions and write them down beforehand if necessary.
4. Visit Care Support Network
Care Support Network offers NDIS pre-planning services that help ensure you get the most out of your NDIS plan. Our services are designed to empower you—so you know what to ask for, and what you are entitled to receive.
Our experts are committed to forming long-term relationships and working alongside you to help achieve your goals. Using NDIS-specific language, we support you in achieving the best possible outcome from your NDIS planning meeting.