Once you know how to choose a mobility scooter and have decided on the mobility scooter that you think is going to work the best for you, next is understanding how to get access to government funding for mobility scooters in Australia.
At Equip U we understand how important it is for people to have the opportunity to access funding from the government for them to purchase a mobility scooter. We are also aware of the complex process to avail the Nation Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which is why we want to give you a short guide on what you should do to help access funding.
How To Apply For Government Funding For A Mobility Scooter In Australia
The NDIS initiative provides funding to eligible people with a disability to have more time with family and friends, improved quality of life, access to new skills, jobs or volunteering in their community, and greater independence. Part of the way they achieve this is by funding mobility scooters that will change people’s lives.
Funding from the NDIS has been life changing for those who need help accessing medical professionals, transport options, home modification and mobility equipment.
However, while it has given so many Australians a higher quality of life, the application process to receive government funding for mobility scooters in Australia can be tricky to navigate and somewhat daunting for many people.
These are four steps you can follow to make it easier for you.
One: Check Your Eligibility - If you are below 65, have a disability or mobility concern, and would benefit from using a mobility scooter, you might be eligible for the NDIS fund. Mobility scooters are designed for people who have some mobility around their home but have concerns walking long distances.
Two: Apply For NDIS Access – Download an Access Request Form (ARF) and a Supporting Evidence Form (SEF). Consult your GP, allied health, and specialist medical professionals to prepare and provide the information required and get your future application ready for submission.
Three: Create Your NDIS Plan - You will also need an NDIS plan that explains how a mobility scooter would be beneficial for you, how much you’ll need to buy one, what the servicing and repairing might cost and any other expenses that are applicable. Consulting an NDIS registered retailer may be prudent.
Four: Meet With Your Occupational Therapist – You’ll then need to meet with your Occupational Therapist. It is essential to get approval from an OT to get your NDIS fund. Afterwards, your OT will be able to work with you and approve your choice when the NDIS assesses your claim.
Using the NDIS is a great way to purchase a mobility scooter, however, it is important to follow the process covered in this article to secure your NDIS fund.
We Specialise In Everything 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.
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 Queensland and offer maintenance and servicing for any mobility products. We believe that access to this 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.