Support for Families and Carers in the NDIS in WA
Families and carers have an important role in the lives of people with disability. The NDIS in WA recognises the importance of the caring role and aims to work with families and carers to support family wellbeing.
As such, funding can be provided for parents and carers to undergo training in matters relating to caring for a person with disability.
Breaks can also be provided through a wide range of activities and services offered to people with disability and their families. The breaks provide positive experiences for people with disability, and strengthen and maintain the capacity of families to provide support and care.
These services are tailored to meet the needs of the person with disability and family and may include the following types of activities:
- In-home assistance for the carer to undertake typical family activities
- In-home assistance which gives the carer a break
- Out of home assistance, which may include individual activities, centre-based or shared living settings, alternative family setting or other flexible respite options
- Respite accommodation in times of immediate need.
Carers Australia has developed a fact sheet on the emotional and practical considerations of succession planning and the NDIS, which can provide additional support with NDIS in WA planning activities, in helping carers to identify where they and the person they care for, may require support into the future.
Carer Checklists can help you think about the type of care and support you currently provide for the person you care for and may help you consider all aspects of the person with disability’s needs. These documents are useful in helping you prepare for the planning meeting and can be provided to the Local Coordinator.
As a Carer, you have the option to submit a Carer Statement during the planning meeting. This could be particularly important for carers of people with psychosocial disability. It can provide additional insight into the impact a person’s mental health condition has on their ability to participate in everyday activities and on the wellbeing of the family.
A carer statement (in written or verbal form) may include:
- How the caring role affects you
- Whether you are able and willing to keep caring for the person with disability in the same way into the future, and what the impact of your caring role has on your own personal needs and goals, (for example - work; study; travel; social, cultural or religious engagement activities )
- Other informal supports the person with disability has, such as family or friends
- Any other information that would be important for the Local Coordinator to know when assessing supports required.