NDIS, Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme, is an initiative that has brought about great chance in the way that disabled citizens in the country are insured. There are definitely positive points to the national roll-out, as the new scheme does have its financial benefits for users and can provide peace of mind. The problem is that the process of switching and applying seems far to stressful for many disabled people. There are three important tips to remember to make sure that the process is hassle-free.
1) Take your time: The idea of a big national roll-out makes it sound as though there is this big ticking clock where you need to make big life changes in a hurry. This means that some people are rushing into government sites and find themselves in over their head with information, guidelines and terms. Take a step back to read everything carefully, and make sure that you understand the options available. Where possible, follow the advice of an independent planner for impartial advice in plain English.
2) A positive mental attitude can help a lot
Stay positive in order to make the right choices. It is too easy to panic when faced with all of these criteria and decisions and to slip into a negative frame of mind. Don’t focus on hat you can’t have or what you might lose. Instead, take the time to look at the best options, make the most of that independent advice and work out the best deal. There are plenty of people that have come away from this process in a better place. You can too.
3) Make the most of you session with the NDIS planner
All applicants will meet with an NDIS planner who will determine the best possible option based on circumstances and needs. In order to do this, they need all the right information. Disabled applicants are encouraged to compile evidence and write down needs, issues and desires before attending. This way planners have a file to read and you don’t have the pressure of remembering everything in one stressful meeting. It can also help to bring along a career, spouse or trusted friend for guidance and support.
Whichever route you end up taking with NDIS, is important to do so in a calm, informed and positive manner. Follow this advice and you will have a better experience.