You guide on what the budget category 'Assistance with daily Life' in your plan means. What can you spend funding for Assistance with daily Life for and what does it cover?
Your NDIS plan is divided into different budget categories. What categories you get depends on the needs and the goals of the NDIS participant. As a reminder, there are three main categories under which you can get your NDIS funding. These are Core, Capital and Capacity Building supports.
Today we're going to be looking at the Core funding sub-category: Assistance with daily life
What is the budget category 'Assistance with Daily Life'?
Simply put, Assistance with Daily Life helps the NDIS participant to live as independently as possible - at home or in the community.
With Assistance with Daily Life, you can access for help with
- Everyday personal activities
- Household tasks
- Shared Living Arrangements
- Supported Independent Living (SIL), and
- Respite or Short Term Accommodation and Assistance
Specific examples of what you can spend funding under 'Assistance with Daily Life' for?
To get help for personal activities, generally you can use support workers that can assist you in performing these tasks, help you build your ability to perform them, or can just them on your behalf if you are not able to.
Specific examples of what you can access under Assistance with Daily Life are -
- Getting in and out of bed
- Personal hygiene help - This can include assistance with bathing, showering, toileting, etc.
- Getting dressed for the day
- Meal preparation, but also the costs of meal delivery
- Getting help in performing and structuring daily tasks for the day
- Assistance with household tasks like cleaning, dusting, chores etc.
- Garden maintenance or lawn mowing
- Driving you to places, which can include activities in the community, to appointments or accompanying you on public transport
- May include nursing support
- Any other reasonable and necessary tasks or chores that would help live you more independently at home or in the community
What are some other things to keep in mind?
- NDIS released updates in May and June of 2020, confirming participants can now use their core funding across all core funding categories. This means your funds under 'Assistance with Daily Life' can also be used for other Core categories like Consumable, Assistance with Social & Community Participation, and Transport. You do not need to ask for a review!
- You can also buy a smart device like iPad to continue your support with your core funds even without having budget for consumables.
- You cannot use this funding in general to cover gym memberships, to cover the cost of food or delivered meals, leaning supplies, toiletries, etc.
- The amount of funding for Assistance with Daily Life will likely be different in each NDIS plan. This is based on participant’s needs and goals towards this category. Higher level of disability impairment or need for daily assistance will generally lead to higher funding amounts.
If you're self-managing your NDIS plan, you can use Humane's disability management app to store all your invoices and records in one place, stay prepared for audits and view, forecast and plan your budget in real time.