When it comes to living with a disability, independence can be one of the most critical factors in maintaining the quality of life. However, living independently can be challenging without the necessary support. This is where the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) comes in. With the right NDIS plan, support can be provided to help individuals achieve their goals and maintain an independent lifestyle. One of the key aspects of an NDIS plan is building a support team. Here, we will explore tips and strategies for building a successful support team for independent living as an NDIS participant.
Define Your Goals
Before you can start building a support team, it's essential to identify your goals and the types of support you need to achieve them. Identify the tasks you need help with, and how often you require assistance. Then, identify the experience, qualifications, and skills that are necessary for each role. This will help you build a suitable team of support workers specific to your needs.
Utilize the NDIS Provider Portal
The NDIS Provider Portal can help you find support workers or providers in your area, region or city. This portal lists all NDIS-approved providers and can help you in the process of selecting your support team. Potential support workers and providers have to be approved by the government before appearing in the portal, this ensures their qualifications, experience, and background checks which will give you peace of mind.
Make Sure Your Team Is Collaborative
It's important to ensure your support team members are collaborative and communicate with you, as well as each other. Try to find workers who are willing to work together and share information as needed. Setting up regular team meetings or utilizing communication tools can also facilitate smooth collaboration and help keep everyone on the same page.
Build Trust with Your Support Workers
It's essential to build trust with your support workers from the start. Make sure to clearly communicate your expectations, needs, and preferences. Be upfront with your needs and let them know how they will be accountable for their support duties. Encourage open and honest communication during the onboarding process, to make sure the support worker is a good fit.
Create a Backup Plan
It's important to have a backup plan in case one of your support team members can't make it for a shift or gets sick, to ensure continuity of support. Consider liaising with your support team to establish a backup plan, so you know everyone will be adequately supported.
Building the right support team is essential for maintaining an independent and fulfilling lifestyle. By defining your goals, utilizing the NDIS Provider Portal, fostering collaboration, building trust with support workers, and creating a backup plan, you can set up a successful support team. Remember, it's important to evaluate the support team regularly to ensure it meets your evolving needs. Good luck Building your support team!