First launched in 2020, the NDIS was designed to improve the lives of those living with a disability - so how do you apply for funding for a mobility scooter?
In 2010, the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to carry out a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. The Productivity Commission received more than 1000 submissions from people with disability and the disability sector. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the messages were clear - the existing system didn’t work.
Fast forward to 2022, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an initiative that provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs or volunteering in their community, and an improved quality of life.
Considering that almost one in five Australians live with some form of a disability, the funding has been life changing for those who need help accessing medical professionals, transport options, home modification and mobility equipment. Despite the scheme’s impact, applying for a mobility scooter through the NDIS can be daunting for those who haven’t navigated the system before - so where do you start?
How To Apply For A Mobility Scooter Through NDIS
As a first timer, trying to navigate the complexities of the NDIS can be daunting, but it’s important to keep in mind that the potential benefits are worth their weight in gold. As a federal scheme, keep in mind that if you’re able to meet the criteria, the funds have quite literally been allocated to improve your quality of life and are there for you to utilise accordingly.
To apply for funding to purchase a mobility scooter from the NDIS, the good news is that if you’re able to follow a few simple steps, access to these types of devices is made significantly easier.
Step One: Check Your Eligibility - If you are under 65, have a disability or mobility issue and would benefit from using a mobility scooter, you may be eligible to purchase one using the NDIS. Mobility scooters are designed for people who are fairly mobile around the home but struggle to walk longer distances, so you will need to meet this suitability criteria.
Step Two: Apply To Access NDIS - Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for the NDIS can download an Access Request Form (ARF) and a Supporting Evidence Form (SEF), work with their GP, allied health and specialist medical professionals to prepare and provide the information required and get your future application ready for submission.
Step Three: Create An NDIS Plan - In order to be approved for funding for a mobility scooter, you will need to prepare an NDIS plan that outlines why you would benefit from a mobility scooter, how much you’ll need, what the servicing and repair work may cost and any other related expenses. At this time, it’s a good idea to consult an NDIS registered retailer.
Step Four: Meet With Your OT - Once you’ve decided you want to purchase a mobility scooter using the NDIS, you’ll need to meet with your Occupational Therapist. Getting approval from an OT is essential in order to get your funding approved, and your OT will then be able to work with you and approve your choice when the NDIS assesses your claim.
Given the complexities involved, it’s important to get on the right track from day one when it comes to managing your NDIS funding. You can choose from three options to manage your funding - self-managed, plan-managed or NDIA-managed, or a combination of the three options. As an example, you may choose to self-manage one part of your plan to start with and have the rest managed by the NDIS. These details will be included in the breakdown of your funding provided, as advised on your NDIS plan.
What’s more, is that while there’s plenty of retail outlets available to purchase a mobility scooter from, aim to partner with an expert not just on the products themselves, but one who is an NDIS registered operator. In addition, it’s a good idea to partner with a provider who can also offer an in-home trial and after sales care, particularly for things like repairs - but where do you find one?
Meet The Local Experts Who Specialise In Mobility
At Equip U, we see a disability as a possibility and have made it our mission to go above and beyond the standard offerings from other retailers who stock devices and tools to improve mobility.
Our point of difference is that we don’t just stock mobility scooters and other accessories, but we also offer in-home trials to residents who live in North Queensland. We believe that access to these types of products shouldn’t be limited based on where you live, and being NDIS registered, we can provide funding options as well.
Ultimately, it’s our mission to work with you to bring your vision for improved mobility to life. Should you have any queries about the types of products we offer or how they work, or would like to schedule a free at home product demonstration, please get in touch with us today.