Source: Personal care supports
Personal care supports relate to assistance with daily personal activities including assistance with, or supervision of, personal tasks of daily life. For example:
Personal care supports may be required across a variety of settings. For example, a participant living alone in their own home, living with family or other people, when undertaking social, recreational, education or employment activities or during holidays away from home.
When personal care supports are being considered, the NDIA will have regard to the degree to which these supports:
Before including any personal care support in a participant’s plan, the NDIA must, amongst other matters, be satisfied that the support will assist the participant to pursue their goals. objectives and aspirations (section 34(1)(a)).
Personal care supports are likely to be supports which assist a participant to pursue a number of different goals, rather than being related to a specific goal.
Personal care supports for children are not intended to replace the usual care and supervision provided, or paid for, by a parent (see does the funding of the support take into account what is reasonable to expect others to provide?). However, the NDIA may fund personal care supports for children with complex needs where the level of support needed is beyond the level usually required for children of the same age.
A participant’s request that intimate personal care not be provided by family members or friends should always be respected and taken into account when determining the level of assistance that should be funded.
Supports to provide assistance with daily personal activities should generally be limited to a maximum of 6 hours per day. This level of support is based on:
In some circumstances, the NDIA may decide to fund higher levels of personal care support. In considering whether a higher level of support is needed, the NDIA will give consideration to:
The NDIA will also consider whether assistive technology, home modifications or other supports can be used to reduce the level of assistance with daily personal activities.