People are often concerned about the costs involved in getting a prosthesis. In Australia, there are a number of different funding schemes and it can be easy to get confused and to know what you are eligible for.
The Amputee Guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
The Guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a comprehensive booklet which outlines the processes from start to finish.
The Guide also includes worksheets for ‘setting goals for amputees and children with limb differences.’ You can use these worksheets to develop your goals and take them with you to your planning meeting.
Things to consider when transitioning into the NDIS
There are a number of things that you need to consider when transitioning into the NDIS:
Don't forget to allow for repairs and prosthetic maintenance in your plan.
Have a think about the number of liners and/or stump socks you may need over the course of one year.
Are you considering trialling a different prosthetic devices like: a foot, hand or knee unit? If so, you will need to allow for clinical trials in your plan. Make sure you have a discussion about your needs with your prosthetist so that they can include the cost of trials in your plan. You should also discuss this with your Planner or Local Area Coordinator.
The NDIS uses the term 'Assistive Technology' or (AT) when referring to prosthetic devices and equipment.
As a participant of the NDIS it is very important that you can clearly outline your goals, how you will achieve your goals, and how your goals will assist you to live an ordinary life.
Funding under the NDIS
Funding under the NDIS is provided under three different support clusters:
Core Supports - The Core support budget is made up of four different categories. These include:
Daily activities – for example: assistance with self-care activities or household tasks
Social, community and civic participation – for example: supports to enable you to engage in social or recreational activities
Consumables – for example: prosthetic liners, lotions and gels
Transport funding (if you are unable to use public transport because of your disability)
Capital Supports - Capital supports have two support categories:
Assistive Technology: for example prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, shower stools, readers etc.
Home Modifications: ramps, handrails etc
Capacity Building Supports - Capacity building funding includes categories such as:
Choice and control
Social Community and Civic Participation
Health and Well Being
Examples of Capacity Building Supports could include things like: gait training from a Physiotherapist, support from an Occupational Therapist to teach you how to use a one-handed mouse.
Remember, if you leave something out of your plan, you can have it reviewed, however, if you can get it right the first time it will make the process easier in the long term.