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Aims of the session. To learn about DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme To explore how to prepare for DisabilityCare Australia

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Aims of the session
Aims of the session

  • To learn about DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • To explore how to prepare for DisabilityCare Australia

  • To reflect on how families can support practical goal setting and choosing the supports and services that will best help people achieve their life plans

  • To identify any supports and resources families might need


What is disabilitycare australia group exercise
What is DisabilityCare Australia? Group Exercise

  • Universal health care scheme

  • Comparing Medicare with DisabilityCare Australia

  • Exercise – list features of Medicare


What is disabilitycare australia the national disability insurance scheme
What is DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

  • Universal health care scheme

  • Has been implemented in other countries in the world (eg Scotland) successfully and will be implemented here in Australia over the next few years

  • There are many details of the NDIS still to be worked out

  • Focuses on those who are most in need who have a permanent disability

  • Focuses on intensive early intervention

  •  The NDIS will be launched at 4trial sites frommid 2013



Psychiatric disability rehabilitation support services carer respite services
Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation Support Services & Carer Respite Services

  • Supported accommodation

  • Community activities

  • Learning activities

  • Socialising activities

  • Sporting activities

  • Employment support

  • Housing support

  • Group learning

  • Family education

  • Personal development/recovery group learning

  • Breaks away from caring roles


Features of current model
Features of current model Carer Respite Services

  • People are only entitled to services within the region that they live

  • Services are funded to provide a certain number of hours of service

  • The types of services don’t necessarily suit everyone

  • Not many services have catered to the needs of people from diverse cultures


The disabilitycare australia model of service
The Carer Respite ServicesDisabilityCare Australia model of service

1. Referral to DisabilityCareAustralia

2. Assessment by DisabilityCare Australia

• Assessment of eligibility

3. Planning and choosing services and support

• Form a plan of what the person wants and needs to achieve independence

• Must be ‘reasonable and necessary’

• Establish an individual budget based on the plan

• Identify and access services and supports with Local Area Coordinator

4. Review process

• Review outcomes of support

• Changes made as needed


Features of the disabilitycare australia model
Features of the Carer Respite ServicesDisabilityCareAustralia model

  • Individuals can decide what types of services they need

  • Individuals can choose services that are not necessarily in their local area

  • Individuals can choose services from mainstream providers

  • Individuals can choose culturally appropriate, religiously appropriate services


Principles that inform disabilitycare australia
Principles that inform Carer Respite ServicesDisabilityCare Australia

Principles that inform DisabilityCare Australia

  • Individualism

  • Choice for the individual

  • Control for the individual


Current vs disabilitycare australia service delivery
Current vs. Carer Respite ServicesDisabilityCare AustraliaService Delivery


What does reasonable necessary mean
What does ‘reasonable’ Carer Respite Services& ‘necessary’ mean?

Supports and services;

  • Should support the individual to achieve their goals and maximize their independence

  • Should support the individual’s capacity to undertake activities of daily living to enable them to participate in the community and/or employment

  • Are effective, and evidence informed

  • Offer value for money

  • Should reflect community expectations, including what is realistic to expect from the individual, families and carers

  • Are best provided through an NDIS rather than through other systems of service delivery and support


Carer support
Carer support Carer Respite Services

Families can help the person take control by:

  • Knowing what helps them manage their illness

  • Knowing what they want from life and what they need so they can reach their goals

  • Helping to find information about different options

  • Assisting the person to clearly communicate their choices

  • Knowing who else can support or advocate for the person as they choose the support / services they need to help them reach their goals


Assessment planning
Assessment & planning Carer Respite Services

  • What support would be helpful for a family to provide in the assessment and planning process?

  • What things would the family offer?

  • How could the family try and ensure that the person was as involved as possible in making choices?

  • What would the family need to ensure they also feel supported in this process?


Assessment planning during acute illness
Assessment & planning Carer Respite Servicesduring acute illness

  • Listen to what the person is communicating, both verbally and non-verbally – carers and families will often be able to “translate” some of the concerns and fears a person may have about the assessment and planning process

  • Whenever possible, attend to the person’s preferences about how meetings or conversations are conducted: e.g., the person may only be able to tolerate short conversations, or may wish to sit outside rather than inside

  • Draw on plans that were discussed or in place while the person was less unwell – that way their needs and choices can still be heard

  • Carers and family may need to take a more active and assertive role if the person’s insight and judgement is affected


Assessment planning during early recovery
Assessment & planning Carer Respite Servicesduring early recovery

  • Ask the person how they would like you to support them in the process

  • Assist the person to access information about their rights and the options that are available to them

  • Encourage the person to access advice or support from peers

  • Resist the urge to expect too much or too little: give the person space to set their own goals and articulate their own needs

  • Offer messages of hope and encouragement

  • Notice small achievements


Assessment planning in established recovery
Assessment & planning Carer Respite Servicesin established recovery

  • Encourage the person to take the lead in the process: ask if they would like your support

  • Respect the person’s autonomy

  • Offer positive feedback

  • Notice small and large achievements


What makes a good life
What makes a good life? Carer Respite Services

  • Feeling well

  • Having good nutritious food that you enjoy

  • Having regular exercise that is enjoyable

  • Having something to do each day that is meaningful to you

  • Adequate, secure, affordable accommodation

  • Strong family support

  • Good friendships and relationships

  • A positive vision of the future life

  • Financial support to sustain a good lifestyle


Recovery factors
Recovery factors Carer Respite Services

  • Acceptance of illness

  • Hope and courage

  • Managing symptoms

  • Education

  • Reconstructing identity and purpose

  • Supporting others

  • Choice, responsibility, control and empowerment

  • Meaningful activity

  • Advocacy

    (Pat Deegan)


Reflective exercise
Reflective exercise Carer Respite Services

Take a moment to reflect on what you know about the person you care for. Discuss with the other person:

  • What areas do you think they have made small progress in already?

  • What areas have they made large progress in?

  • What types of questions could you imagine using in a conversation with your family member to prompt conversation about issues?

  • Which areas that we have identified do you think will be a priority for them?

  • Do you have ideas about what you think would be the most helpful types of support and services that might be able to be purchased through DisabilityCare Australia?


Change
Change Carer Respite Services

  • ‘You can’t change other people – you can only change yourself’

  • Changes to our own communication and actions may result in more effective support for the person with the mental illness and more effective care for ourselves as carers


Examples of life domains
Examples of life domains Carer Respite Services

  • Family – How do you want your family to feature in your life?

  • Physical and mental – What fitness or health goals do you want to achieve?

  • Social - How do you want to enjoy yourself and with whom?

  • Creativity - Do you want to achieve any artistic or creative goals?

  • Work - What do you want to achieve?

  • Financial - How much do you want to earn, by when? How is this related to your career goals?

  • Education - Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?

  • Advocacy/volunteering - Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you want to be involved in a social cause? If so, how?


Being an effective advocate
Being an effective advocate Carer Respite Services

  • Know what the person needs to achieve their life goals; and know what you (as a carer/family member) need to support their goals. Be ready to talk about this 

  • Know about the most effective service providers and be ready to offer advice or information when required

  • Know about the rights of the person with mental illness and your rights as a carer


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