This is an initiative funded by Department of Communities, Disability Services, aimed at reducing the potential anxieties of older carers concerned about the future living arrangements and support for a much loved family member. The initiative aims to provide answers to the following questions:
- where will my son/daughter live when I am no longer able to care for them?
- whom will she/he be living with?
- will he/she be cared for and supported by someone who understands his/her support needs?
- will the family have an opportunity to be involved in these important decisions?
Who is an Older Carer?
An older carer is defined as being over 65 years of age for non-indigenous carers and over 45 years of age for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander carer.
What is involved?
The NDIS Pre-Planner will meet with carers and gather information about the person being cared for, their support needs and the familiy's preferences and wishes for the future. With this information, the NDIS Pre-Planner will develop a support plan; which will become the property of the individual for future plannnig and support.
The NDIS Pre-Planner will also co- ordinate, and trial possible cotenancy arrangements with people with similar support needs and preferences. These cotenancy trials will provide valuable information in regard to potential future living arrangements once a carer is no longer able to provide for their loved one.
Should you wish to be contacted by the NDIS Pre-Planner or know of someone who may benefit from this project, please use the Contact link to the left of the page and you wil be contacted within twenty-four hours. You can also call on (07) 4158 9600 and have the NDIS Pre-Planner visit to provide further information.