Common Mistakes Of NDIS Participants With Their Funds

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The NDIS is a great tool to help those with disabilities live a better life by providing the right services, aids, and compensation. Yet, some are still unable to maximize these opportunities and funding because they fall into the trap of a few common mistakes regarding their plan’s complexities. 

Participants and guardians can prevent this from happening by familiarizing themselves with the list of valid expenses and receiving enough education about NDIS funds.

Here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Not Managing Your Expectations

While the NDIS promises provision to ensure a better quality of life aligned with your goals, keep in mind that they can only cover so much. They will support only what is reasonable and necessary with your condition and your plan. It excludes excessive expenses such as luxuries, vacations, outings, and others of the like. 

Little To No Prior Research

It’s much better not to go into their plans blindly. The NDIS funding can be of great and essential help to one’s life and its quality, but this can also be a missed opportunity if not used correctly. Spending on things you think would be covered without being somewhat knowledgeable about the program and its conditions is a slippery slope to more losses and, in worst cases, debt.

In these scenarios, the NDIS could turn out to be more of a problem than a solution. Consistently checking the NDIS guidelines and the limitations of your NDIS funds should prevent you from falling victim to this misuse.

Not Asking The Right Questions

Much like the former, aside from going into it blindly, it’s essential to have a thorough knowledge of NDIS, its goals, and its entirety. Creating a personalized plan that will support one’s lifestyle can be complex and overwhelming, with more reason to fully comprehend it in depth. 

A common mistake one can make in this scenario is hesitating to ask questions. Shrinking to insecurities and fear won’t help anyone in any aspects. Know that you are entitled to the program’s benefits as a beneficiary and asking a question to the authorities or a support worker is a right you should exercise.

Automatic Support Is Not A Given

You might think that once you’re in, you can rest easy, but you must be as vigilant as ever. Despite being with a service provider for years, you still need to contact them whenever you get a new NDIS plan and want to continue receiving support so that they can create a new service agreement to guarantee legitimacy and ongoing support. It’s essential to communicate and follow up on your plan with your manager to be consistent with how you manage your compensation.

Trapped in a Service Agreement

There’s a common misconception that contracts are burdensome–if not impossible to get out of. While there is some truth to that, the NDIS service agreement by most registered service providers allows two weeks’ notice to cancel the deal. It is convenient if you decide to apply elsewhere. Service agreements with a short notice period guarantee that you can continue to receive support with more choice and control and knowing this can help you maximize your funds.

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