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I am an aged care worker


Here you will find information to help you support younger people with disability who are living in residential aged care or at risk of going into aged care. 

Follow the steps below and click on the buttons to download the information that will help you with each step.

I have a younger resident who wants to move out

1. The younger person needs to get an NDIS plan or change their existing plan

A younger person will need your support to get an NDIS plan. If they have an NDIS plan, it may need updating. If the younger person has a support coordinator, they can help with this. It’s important that the younger person asks for a face-to-face meeting with an NDIA planner, and that support coordination is included in their plan. The NDIA planner will document their needs and goals into their NDIS plan, including the person’s goal of moving out.

How to get an NDIS plan

What do NDIS plans look like?

How to change an NDIS plan

How to get ready for the NDIS planning meeting

What is support coordination?

2. The younger person needs to work out their housing and support needs

A younger person will need to work out where they want to live and who they want to live with. Their support coordinator can help them with this. Their support coordinator can also help them to plan their move.

How to work out your housing goals

How to plan and make your move

How can I use NDIS funding to look for a new home?

3. The younger person will need to establish if the NDIS will pay for their housing

A younger person’s support coordinator will help them look for different types of housing. They will help them work out if the NDIS will pay for the housing they need. The support coordinator will then tell the NDIA about the younger person’s housing needs.

Where to search for a new home

Will the NDIS pay for my home?

How the NDIS pays for housing


I have a younger resident who wants to improve their quality of life

1. The younger person needs to get an NDIS plan or change their existing plan

A younger person will need your support to get an NDIS plan. If they have an NDIS plan, it may need changes. If the younger person has a support coordinator, they can help with this. It’s important that the younger person asks for a face-to-face meeting with an NDIA planner, and for support coordination to be included in their plan. The NDIA planner will document their needs and goals into their NDIS plan.

How to get an NDIS plan

What do NDIS plans look like

How to change an NDIS plan

2. Ensure the younger person gets what they need in their NDIS plan

A younger person’s support coordinator can help them get what they need in their plan. This could be things like funding for means-tested aged care fees, equipment (e.g. pressure care bed or mattress), physiotherapy and occupational therapy to maximise the person’s ability to move independently, or speech pathology to assess their swallowing. The younger person could also seek funding to make a video to show their support workers how to support them.

What aged care fees does the NDIS fund?

How to make a training video for your support workers

Deborah’s aged care story 

It all started Christmas Eve 2015. Deborah went from thinking about what she was going to cook for Christmas Day, to being in intensive care with all her organs shutting down.

Chris’ aged care story

Two and half years ago Chris was hospitalised. Chris knew he couldn’t return to his home in Launceston, he wanted to move closer to his parents on the north west coast of Tasmania. With no choices this would mean living in a nursing home.

Lisa is moving out of aged care

Lisa has lived in a nursing home for about 6 years. Her main goal was to get of the nursing home. Lisa shares how it feels to be preparing to move into an SDA apartment.

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