It is important to be well prepared for your NDIS plan meeting when creating your new plan and when you meet with your local area coordinator to review your plan at the end date. An integral part of your NDIS plan is formulating or knowing what your goals are that you wish to achieve with your NDIS funding. Ensuring that the right goals are included is important as this can play a large factor in allocation of the total funding that you will receive from the NDIS, as every plan has a significant difference in funds depending upon each individual's circumstance, taking into account the main disability and the way this impacts daily life and living to your full potential. Today we will focus on goals and what some good examples are which will be useful for you to include in your plan, as well as a guide on how to work out your own goals which relate personally to you! The NDIS has 8 domains increasing greater social, community and economic interaction for people with a disability so your goals must be related to these areas.
The eight domains comprise of the following: 1. Choice & Control - making my own decisions, managing my own supports, changing my life; improved life choices, coordination of supports 2. Lifelong Learning - post school options, further education; improved learning 3. Daily Living - living and working as independently as possible in my community, transport, consumables, assistive technology, improved daily living skills 4. Relationships - social skills development, engaging with others; improved relationships 5. Health & Wellbeing - personal training, weight management, meal preparation and healthy cooking, allied health (physio, psych, OT) 6. Work - finding and keeping a job 7. Social & Community participation - assistance with social and community participation, increased social and community participation, 8. Home - home modifications, living safely; improved living arrangement When thinking of your goals, it's great to aim for a total of 3-6 goals which are: Short Term: Can be achieved within the next 12 months
Medium Term: Within 2-3 years Long Term: A goal to achieve in 3 or more years.
Goals should also be SMART! That is: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Bound. Another important part of NDIS goals is considering what strategies you would like to involve to achieve the goal. Next we will look into the 8 different Life domains of the NDIS with an example of a goal and strategy!
CHOICE & CONTROL
I want to become more in control of my life and the decisions that I make for myself
I would like to be in control of deciding on my support workers that will assist me in getting out to do things that I like and daily activities at home
I would like to learn and study about Childcare
I need support to attend my course with me as well as to read and write
I want to build my independence
I want to work with support staff to attend respite alone and catch public transport alone
I want to find and make new friendships as well as improve my current relationships
I would like to have strategies implemented to help me participate positively with others and I'd like support staff assistance to get involved in groups and events
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
I want to improve my level of fitness and explore eating healthier options
I would like assistance to attend local sport groups and to find a dietician that can help my diet
I would like to find and keep a casual job
I would like to participate in work skills courses or programs and have assistance with my literacy
SOCIAL & COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
I would like to learn to use my library and attend local events
Assistance from a support worker to attend the library and events
I would like to move out of home
Explore supported independent living options and eligibility
In addition to supports from the eight domains, consumables and assistive technology can also be requested from the NDIS. These items are NOT goals but rather means to achieving some of your goals. For example; your goal to “live safely & independently at home” may include modifying the bench tops in the kitchen or having specialised bathroom equipment. Below are some examples of Assistive Technology and consumables that you could list to help you achieve your goals: Mobility aids: Personal Mobility equipment Transfer equipment Prosthetics and orthotics Equipment related to walking Specialised seating for wheelchairs Specialised strollers or other wheeled mobility equipment Wheelchairs and scooters
Vehicle modifications Household: Assistive products for household tasks Specialised household furniture
Bathroom and toilet equipment Home modifications Personal care Beds and pressure care mattresses Continence related equipment
and Safety: Equipment or aids for dressing Specialised clothing Equipment for eating or drinking We hope that our tips have helped you to create some good goals for your NDIS plan! Getting the most out of your NDIS plan is about knowing where you’re at personally, and seeking the help of experts when you need it. If you manage to do both of those things you’ll be well on your way to bringing your plan to life!
Complete Care Coordination are a provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Our Support Coordination service helps you get the most out of your NDIS plan while ensuring the services you choose deliver on your needs, expectations and goals. Contact us now for help!