2018 Archives - Summer Foundation
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What is a support coordinator?

For people with disabilities who have complex health and support needs, the experience of being in hospital and the transition out of hospital can be particularly challenging. The risks for the person and their family are high. Getting the support they need, when they need it, requires know-how and collaboration from everyone around them. In particular, they need two large systems – the health system and the NDIS – to be working effectively together.

Health Practitioners are crucial in this, and they need resources that are specific to working with this group of patients.

With funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the Summer Foundation has developed tailored resources for health practitioners. These resources cover the entire hospital journey for people with disabilities, from admission to discharge back into the community:

Getting the Language Right

How to write effective support documentation for people with disabilities and complex health and support needs seeking access to the NDIS.

NDIS and Health: Working together

A guide for health practitioners and NDIS staff supporting people in their journey from hospital admission, to discharge and safe and supported transition back into community life.

Getting ready for NDIS planning

A toolkit for people with disabilities whose health status calls for specific recognition and tailored support, and who need this to be visible and documented in their NDIS Plans. This toolkit assists them to identify, explore and be ready to include their specific health issues and health risks in their NDIS Plans.

The toolkit is made up of distinct parts. You can download each part below:

About this toolkit

1. Disability and health supports and how the NDIS defines them

2. My details and preferences

3. What would a great life be for me?

4. About my health – being prepared for NDIS planning

5. If circumstances change

6. About my health – being prepared for hospital admission

7. Sources (and further information)

The Summer Foundation has developed sample NDIS plans to share with people aged under 65 years living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care (RAC) and their families, supporters, guardians or nominees.

This guide includes five sample plans for people in differing circumstances with examples of how the NDIS can support participants to exercise choice and control to lead an ordinary life:

Sample NDIS Plans

Sample NDIS Plan A: Working towards leaving RAC to live in the community with appropriate supports from the NDIS

Sample NDIS Plan B: Supporting a younger person to move out of RAC into specialist disability accommodation (SDA)

Sample NDIS Plan Plan C (Year 1): Supporting a younger person with disability and complex support needs to live in SDA in the community

Sample NDIS Plan D (Year 2): This plan shows the following year of supports for a younger person with disability and complex support needs to get an idea of what supports and funding a person might need living in SDA in the community

Sample NDIS Plan E: Living a more fulfilled life in RAC

It can be overwhelming to think about all the services and supports someone may need in a day, week, month or in 12 month’s time. It can also be difficult to understand how much NDIS funding you need to achieve your goals.

These sample plans are to give you a place to start. We have also included a pre-planning tool to help you to develop your own plan and a planning template so you can keep a record of your planning meeting.

Download a Word document version of the Sample NDIS Plans below:

Download a PDF version of the Sample NDIS Plans below:

Resources for connecting people to the NDIS and finding a suitable place to live

The Summer Foundation has worked closely with hospital discharge staff, people with disability and families to understand the issues around accessing comprehensive disability support.

This toolkit provides targeted information for hospital discharge staff, and staff in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings, relating to the discharge of people aged under 65 years who have acquired a disability.

The toolkit includes the following features:

  • Resources for team members working with younger people with disability and complex support needs
  • Resources to pass on to people with disability and their families, to inform decision making, improve discharge outcomes and facilitate greater access to the community
  • Resources in a range of formats, including checklists, fact sheets, templates, hints and tips, video stories and quick links
  • Separate sections that reflect the different stages of a resident’s connection to the NDIS and beyond

Disability Sector and NDIS Overview

For patients

What is the NDIS and is it for me?

What are advocates and how can they help me? 

Guardians and administrators: What can they do and who decides if I need one?

Moving in to residential aged care? Here’s how the NDIS can support you

How do I choose someone to support me to make NDIS decisions?

Superannuation: How do I know if I can access it early?

What is a Power of Attorney and how can they support me?


For staff

Getting the language right: A guide to writing reports, letters, forms and assessments for the NDIS

NDIS at a glance: Useful links and resources

Further reading on NDIS

Hospital discharge – Context

Hospital discharge – Working together 

ACAT: The value of working collaboratively

Kirsty’s story

Hospital discharge – Lessons for health services

Michael’s hospital discharge experience 

ACAT: Exploring options for a younger person with disability

Discharge planning – from hospital to home

NDIS Access

For patients

How to fill out the NDIS Access Request Form

Case study: Financial considerations for people with acquired disability

Financial considerations of moving in to residential aged care

How to get the best out of NDIS – Access stage

For staff

NDIS access: Useful links and resources 

The NDIS: A new landscape for people who acquire a disability

Hospital discharge – Making sense of a new world

Hospital discharge – Looking to the future 

Danny’s story – with his brother Michael 

Goal Setting and Planning

For patients

What can I get in an NDIS plan?

What do I take to my NDIS planning meeting?

Support coordinators: Who are they and how can they support me?

For staff

Hospital discharge – Where will I live 

Hospital discharge – NDIS Planning

Individual people need individual responses

Holding out hope

Chris’ experiences with the health system

Achieving goals – from hospital to home

I’m a person before a disability – Karen’s story

An NDIS journey 

NDIS Plan Implementation

For patients

Plan management 

For staff

NDIS implementation: Useful links and resources

NDIS planning: Useful links and resources 

Hospital discharge – Implementing the plan

Matthew’s story

Life after discharge – from hospital to home 

Making the most of this toolkit:

  • The NDIS is currently evolving, and so is the broader disability services landscape. As such, the information in this toolkit is likely to change. For the latest resources, check back on this website, or sign up to our mailing list to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information as soon as it’s available.
  • The term ‘participant’ is used by the NDIS to refer to an individual who is currently registered to access the NDIS. In the residential aged care setting, these individuals are commonly described as ‘residents’. Where the resources in this toolkit refer to a ‘participant’, they refer to a resident of your facility who is already registered with the NDIS, or is likely to be eligible to access the NDIS.
  • The ‘hints and tips’ provided in the resources are based on our own experiences of working with people with disability who have high and complex support needs. There is no effective one-size-fits-all approach to supporting people with disability. All advice should be considered in context of the individual, their goals, and their financial and social circumstances.