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ndis and connect with service providers in your area that are the best fit for your situation . To find out if you ' re eligible for Support Coordination , we recommend asking about it in your next planning meeting ,” Dianne said . “ If the NDIS doesn ’ t give you funding for Support Coordination , there are still some avenues you can go down to get assistance . Try asking your Local Area Coordinator for a list of service providers in your area .
“ Better yet , if you have Plan Management , your Plan Manager might be able to help you . At Plan Partners , we can provide a list of regional providers to our customers – wherever they live .”
Using unregistered providers Dianne said there is a large network of passionate and skilled service providers out there who don ’ t have the time or money to register with the NDIS .
“ Unfortunately , if your funding is managed by the NDIS , you ’ re unable to access those providers ,” she said . “ However , Plan Management unlocks these unregistered providers , letting you use your NDIS funds to access the full range of help that ’ s out there .”
Utilising directories Dianne said on the NDIS Portal you can find lists of service providers , but it can be easy to lose your way in
the thousands of providers displayed . “ To help you sort through the sea of providers , directories such as Clickability and MyCareSpace provide overviews of each , including ratings and customer reviews ,” she said .
Organise your own team
“ Some people like to organise their own team of supports and hire carers themselves , instead of through a service provider . Websites such as Hire Up , Better Caring and Five Good Friends can help you facilitate this .
Most importantly , don ’ t be afraid to ask for advice on how to find the right supports .” www . planpartners . com . au
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