My NDIS plan was finally approved about 6 weeks ago, after almost 18 months of waiting. Finally, I have a workable plan, with proper funding. While it took far too long to come through, I am grateful and taking a ‘better late than never’ attitude. Many others are still waiting.
The most important parts of my plan are my wheelchair with power assist, and the minor home modifications required to make it safer for me to move within this house.
My OT assessed the house months ago, and requested the modifications. I know she told me what was being done, but I didn’t really take it all in and I misunderstood some of it. In reality I didn’t have any say in what was done.
NDIS doesn’t pay to make things pretty, they just do a utilitarian job. If you want it to look good, you have to pay extra, or so said the building contractor who came to do the work.
I don’t have the extra money to make it ‘look nice’ so I told him to go ahead and do whatever he needed to.
He built a ramp out my back door, to allow me to get my wheelchair out into the back yard. I was under the impression that I was getting a small wedge ramp, a black rubber one. That’s what the OT and I discussed, the benefit being that I could move it to any door.
Instead, this wooden landing and ramp were built.
It doesn’t really fit the aesthetic of the house, nor the deck, but it is safe, I’ll give it that.
They also installed a bannister on my staircase. I mostly use the stair lift that I paid to have installed, but on better days, I climb the stairs as part of my rehab. It’s good exercise, and as the OTs and physios keep saying, “Use it or lose it”. Climbing up and down the stairs is an excellent exercise, but I didn’t feel safe before, without a railing. Now I have the banister to hold onto, so I’m very happy about that.
Lastly, they adapted my shower. I have had a few near falls in the shower. The took off the glass door, which was a complete pain in the butt, and replaced it with a shower curtain. While it is ugly, it is far more practical. They added a grab bar on the wall, and one inside the shower, with a hand held and moveable shower head.
They also removed the door frame on the shower, and replaced it with a rubber ramp so that there is no longer a trip hazard, and I can even roll a chair into the shower. I had a shower chair anyway, but it is far easier to access now, and I feel much safer in the shower. Very happy with that.
They are relatively minor changes, but they do make this house easier and safer for me to navigate.
Also part of my plan is funding for physiotherapy and rehabilitation work. I have been working with a physical therapist for three weeks now, and have already improved much.
There are also funds for help in accessing the community, cleaning and maintaining my house and help with grocery shopping and the like. I just need to find providers to work with.
Working on it.