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Making the most of your NDIS plan

At Orana, we appreciate the journey you have taken to achieve your NDIS plan. That is why we want to assist you in making the most of your plan and ensuring it works perfectly for you.

It is important to remember that your NDIS plan is designed to provide ongoing support and assist you in reaching your goals. To help you get the most out of your NDIS plan, Orana Support Coordinators share their top tips for making the most of your funding.

Take the time to understand your plan:

The funding you have been allocated is based on your goals outlined in your planning meeting. Your NDIS plan will list your goals and outline how much and where your funding has been allocated. Categories that may have received supports can include core supports, capacity building supports and capital supports.

Your Support Coordinator or Local Area Coordinator (LAC) can assist you to understand each category.

Check-in on your plan regularly:

Check-in with your plan around the halfway mark – if you have a one-year plan, check-in around six months, and if you have a two-year plan, check-in around the one-year mark.

By the halfway point, you should have spent approximately half of your funding, spending too much money early on is just as problematic as not spending enough.

Checking your plan will allow you to see which services are helping you in meeting your goals, as well as which services are no longer required or are unnecessary.

Setting a time to check-in with your Support Coordinator, LAC, or Plan Manager is a great way to ensure you’re on track and your funds are being spent on achieving your goals. It’s the ideal time to make any necessary changes.

Know your local area and what’s available in the community:

Your Support Coordinator or LAC can assist you in locating supports, services, and activities in your local community that are of interest to you or may help you achieve your goals. This could include local events, capacity building programs like Orana’s Life Skills Development programs, special interest classes, or leisure groups.

Local groups and events are also a great way to improve your social skills and independence, while also providing a great opportunity to make new friends. It’s a win-win situation!

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