With an aim in mind to fully commit, assist and encourage disabled individuals, uCare iCare brings your integrated NDIS plan to life and maximises your funding throughout your NDIS journey. We fully understand that participants who have disabilities will face challenges and issues that may arise from time to time. And with that, uCare iCare wants you to receive support that will help you as a whole. We support you physically and mentally through therapeutic support so you can achieve your well-being goals.
One of our most sought-after and high-quality services is therapeutic support. Our team will support our NDIS participants aged 7 to 65 with an approved NDIS plan therapeutically. We provide you or your loved ones with an assessment and approach to treatment that caters to every individual. Your plan is built to emphasise building your capacity to live an autonomous life.
We will be looking at the types of therapeutic support funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Then, we will share our insider tips as a registered NDIS provider on how to choose the right therapist. Besides, you will learn about how you can get the best out of your NDIS plan.
Types Of Therapeutic Support Funded By The NDIS
There are 3 main categories of support funded by the NDIS – the Core supports, Capital supports, and Capacity Building supports. Therapy is under the Capacity Building section of your NDIS plan. You will have the opportunities to raise your independence in enduring the challenges that your disability may place on you.
With the help of high-quality healthcare professionals, NDIS funds your training and therapies. They compromise Psychology, Exercise Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy (OT), and so much more. Besides, you get to enhance your confidence with the help of uCare iCare via Capacity Building Therapy. This service can be broken down into 9 subcategories:
1) Coordination of Supports
uCare iCare helps improve and strengthen the bonds between your support service providers. It is more than just connecting you with your designated NDIS supports at uCare iCare. The Coordination of Supports can be broken down into 6 further sub-categories:
- Support connection
- Strengthen and maintain the relationships with support service providers.
- Support coordination
- Improve the ability to connect with supports and make a complaint to resolve issues.
- Specialist support coordination
- Time-limited support for participants with complex and high-risk situations.
2) Improved Living Arrangements
This support service will assist NDIS participants with living arrangements according to individual needs. uCare iCare helps you to search for and prepare a place to stay either independently or share with other participants. Our Improved Living Arrangement includes supporting you to meet tenancy obligations. In addition, this can help in developing skills to manage accommodation-related agreements or responsibilities, and so much more.
3) Increased Social And Community Participation
This subcategory service of Capacity Building Therapy grants NDIS participants access to the friendly community. Improve the ability of your social skills by involving yourself in leisure activities such as group fitness activities. Besides, uCare iCare encourages you to attend programmes or activities that will heighten your capacity in accessing the community autonomously.
4) Finding And Keeping A Job
uCare iCare offers Finding And Keeping A Job service funded by NDIS. And with that, you can build your confidence in the workplace. Transition into employment and unlock your working potential with self-confidence. uCare iCare is with you every step of your way. We support you in developing resumes, preparing for job interviews, and learning new work skills.
5) Improved Relationships
The Improved Relationships service in the NDIS plan varies from one participant to another. It may include support such as developing your social skills or training on behaviour management strategies given to your caregivers. NDIS participants with complex behavioural needs will have the opportunity to develop positive behaviours. This positive change in behaviour comes with a positive impact on their confidence and interaction with others.
6) Improved Health And Wellbeing
The NDIS participants under the care of uCare iCare get to learn how to stay active and prepare a balanced diet. You can gain improvements in your quality of life as we support you in exercise activities in a safe way via the Improved Health & Well-Being category under your NDIS plan.
7) Improved Daily Living
Under the capacity building category, the Improved Daily Living service provides in-home training to people in need. They will have the chance to enhance the general life skills among NDIS participants. General life skills such as cooking, budgeting, cleaning and other useful skills can take your daily lifestyle to a new level of independence. Furthermore, uCare iCare gives pieces of training for your caregivers who will be taking care of you and your needs.
8) Improved Life Choices
If your NDIS plan includes funding for Improved Life Choices, uCare iCare assists you to plan, budget and manage your money properly. Thus, you or your loved ones will not be overwhelmed with the ‘numbers’. Besides, your improved financial management skills will grant you the capabilities to manage or amend your NDIS funding in the future. Should you wish to seek our support, we are here to do it for you.
9) Improved Learning
uCare iCare understands that it could be overwhelming when it comes to transitioning from school to university. And the same goes for applying for a course in higher education. We support you via Improved Learning in your NDIS plan by providing you support you need to navigate a student lifestyle. With our help in time management, you can study independently and reach academic goals in school or university.
How To Choose The Right Therapist For Your NDIS Plan?
Choosing a therapist who can help your specific needs is an important decision throughout your NDIS plan. At uCare iCare, we believe that every participant should have the right to make their own choices. You should have full control over the services they will be receiving.
Voicing out what you want and asking the right questions during your therapeutic support matters. You and your loved ones can then determine the ability of the therapist to demonstrate their experience on your particular requirements.
Before Hiring A Mental Health Or Therapeutic Professional
a) Establish Your Goals & Conduct Research
Understanding specific life goals and voicing out how success looks allows participants with disabilities to get the most of the therapy services. If you are unsure, your therapist shall assist you in figuring out your needs and requirements. To narrow down a list of the shortlisted potential therapists, you can research general information such as their rate, working hours and location.
b) Cultural Background Of The Therapist
It is your right to choose your preferred therapist according to their gender, age, religion and cultural background. A therapist who holds similar cultural backgrounds as the NDIS participant shares related life experiences. Thus, reducing the possibilities of misunderstanding or any triggering situations. Besides, by choosing a therapist with similar cultural background, you can break down barriers easily and communicate your needs openly.
c) Types Of Mental Health & Therapeutic Professionals
The differences between certain types of mental health or therapeutic professionals lie within their approach in benefiting the participants’ individual needs. Your journey to achieving therapy and life goals begins at understanding which qualified professionals and psychological treatments are a good fit for you. Some of the major therapeutic modalities include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Positive Psychology / Coaching
- Psychoanalytic / Psychodynamic Therapy
d) Interview the therapist
Arranging interview sessions with the shortlisted professionals will allow both parties to address any enquiries. By engaging in an in-depth face-to-face discussion with them will help you get a feel of how they work. In addition, If you’re ready to reach out to a therapist, here are some of the general questions you could ask before hiring one:
- Do you have any experience working with participants with permanent disabilities?
- Do you do home and community visits?
- Can you demonstrate how you can help a participant with this particular need?
- Have you undergone any further training or possess any additional accreditation?
- Are you comfortable communicating with our doctor, teacher and other therapists?
- How will you ensure that what you do is effective everywhere the participant goes?
- When can we start to set the goals, and how will you know when a goal is reached?
- How long do you need to provide intervention according to participant needs?
Receiving Care From Your Mental Health Or Therapeutic Professional
An effective session with your therapist, psychologist or counsellor involves genuine connection and engagement among each other. Take note of how you feel when you are receiving therapeutic care from them. This is because it is vital for you to feel secure and positive with them. Use your feelings as a gauge and determine whether the collaboration amid the session between you and your therapist, psychologist or counsellor is non-judgmental and full of respect.
After Your Therapeutic Care Session
Towards the end of every session with your mental health professionals, you or your loved ones should feel understood and supported throughout the treatment plan. Allow yourself to experience a few sessions with them and determine whether you can get the most out of the sessions. uCare iCare wants you to live your life to the fullest. Furthermore, be mindful about how you feel at the moment and it is a good indication that you feel positive. Feel free to voice out to let them know about the changes you want. Or, you can continue to search for the right therapist until you find the perfect fit according to your disabilities.
Holistic Therapeutic Support & Care At uCare iCare
As a trusted and registered NDIS provider, uCare iCare hopes that this guide on Therapeutic Support provides you with the confidence to embark on an NDIS journey and receives high-quality support from us. There is no guaranteed way to find a therapist that suits you best and meets your requirements. But we will be with you every step of the way. Furthermore, selecting the most suitable health professional will vastly amplify the chances of you obtaining a positive outcome and achieving life goals.
As always, your NDIS goals are our priority at uCare iCare. Reach out now and leave us a message if you need any guidance on any NDIS funding, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.