A Closer Look at NDIS and Assistance with Daily Living

Sometimes, we all need a little help with everyday tasks to achieve greater independence. That’s where “Assistance with Daily Life” comes in. This support category falls under Core Supports, the most flexible support budget. It’s also one of the five support categories that you can use to access Abled Care Services. If so, this blog is for you!

What is Assistance with Daily Life?

Assistance with Daily Life covers supports and services that help you do daily personal activities, so you can live as autonomously as possible. It covers everything from short term accommodation to a support worker’s assistance with meal preparation. Assistance with Daily Living can take place at your home, out in the community or a bit of both — it depends on you and your needs!

How is it different to Capacity Building daily living supports?

You’ll notice there’s a support category under Capacity Building called “Improved Daily Living”. Although the names are similar, these two categories have slightly different purposes. Assistance with Daily Life (Core Support) relates to assistance with everyday tasks that you wouldn’t be able to do easily by yourself, like showering, cleaning and accessing the community. These supports are important for helping you maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, Improved Daily Living (Capacity Building) focuses on helping you build independence and learn new skills, so you are less reliant on support services in the future.

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Examples of Assistance with Daily Life

Assistance with Daily Life covers a huge range of activities. What you get funding for will ultimately depend on what is reasonable and necessary to support your needs. These services and supports can include

Help with household tasks and gardening

Supported independent living (SIL)

Help with personal care activities, like showering and dressing

Sleepover support

Transport to get out and about in the community

Meal preparation

Short term accommodation

What does Assistance with Daily Life not cover?

There are a few things that you cannot use your funding for as part of Assistance with Daily Life:

  • The cost of food. This means you can use your funds to hire a support worker to help with meal prep, but not for the ingredients themselves.
  • The cost of cleaning and household supplies. Similarly, your funds won’t cover the cost of things like laundry detergent or cleaning wipes.
  • The cost of personal items that are not related to your disability, like toiletries.
  • Ticket prices for events. You can pay or use your Companion Card for a support worker to accompany you to a museum, but your funding won’t cover the entry fee.

How to check if Assistance with Daily Life is covered by your plan?

It’s easy. Just head to your portal and search for ‘Assistance with Daily Life’ in your plan. You can also talk to your Plan Manager if you’re unsure.

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Thinking about hiring a support worker to help you with everyday personal tasks? We can help! Abled Care Services is a registered provider specialising in social and community support. We have a network of active, verified support workers who are passionate about empowering others to increase their independence and live life to the fullest.

Want to find out more? Just visit our website or shoot a message to our friendly Customer Care team at hello@abledcareservices.com.au.

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