The toolkit guides individuals and their carers through the process of applying for the scheme and preparing a support plan.
Maree McCabe, CEO of Dementia Australia, said the introduction of the NDIS offers people living with younger onset dementia options of choice and control over the services available.
“However for a person with cognitive impairment navigating this new system can be daunting and complex,” she said.
“It is through consultation with our clients and the National Disability Insurance Agency that we have been able to develop this important resource to provide a pathway of support that ensures people are best equipped to maximise what is accessible through the NDIS,” Ms McCabe said.
The resource, featuring case studies and a planning checklist, provides information and advice on developing goals and managing an NDIS plan.
April Williams, a carer for her mother Christine, said the resource is targeted to the specific needs of people living with younger onset dementia.
“Trying to understand the NDIS on top of caring for mum has been overwhelming. This toolkit offers case studies, a valuable checklist and help to understanding developing plans and goals. It will support people with younger onset dementia to get the best out of the NDIS and to live connected and fulfilling lives,” Ms Williams said.
The resource for people with younger onset dementia and their carers was funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
The toolkit is complemented by a short 5-minute video sharing the experiences of carers and people living with younger onset dementia.