Understanding the NDIS Support Category: CORE

Understanding the NDIS Support Category: CORE

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide comprehensive support to individuals with disabilities, enhancing their independence and participation in everyday life. One of the fundamental support categories under the NDIS is the CORE support category.

What is CORE Support?

CORE supports some essential, day-to-day activities to help participants live independently and participate in the community. It is flexible, allowing participants to allocate funds across various supports as their needs change. This category is divided into four main areas:

  1. Assistance with Daily Life: This might include support with personal tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and household chores. It aims to promote independence in daily living.
  2. Transport: Funding for this can assist participants in travelling to work, school, or community activities. It ensures that participants can engage in the community
  3. Consumables: This can support everyday items; for example; continence aids, nutritional supplements, and other essential products for daily living.
  4. Assistance with Social and Community Participation: This can include support for participants to engage in community, social, and recreational activities, helping them build relationships and engage with their community.

Benefits of CORE Support

  • Flexibility: CORE support offers the flexibility to use funds across different areas as needed, allowing participants to adapt their support to changing circumstances.
  • Independence: By providing essential daily support, CORE helps participants to live more independently and confidently.
  • Community Engagement: With assistance for transport and social participation, participants can engage more actively in their communities.

How to Use CORE Supports

Participants can work with their plan manager or support coordinator to decide how best to use their CORE funding. It’s important to regularly review and adjust the support plan to ensure it continues to meet individual needs effectively.

Real-Life Impact of CORE Support

Let's explore some real-life stories to illustrate the impact of CORE support:

Niki Williams: Niki lost her right leg in a car accident at 19. As an NDIS participant, she has used CORE support to acquire multiple prosthetic limbs, including a water leg for swimming and an everyday leg for general activities. This has significantly improved her quality of life, allowing her to participate in various activities with ease​ (Click here to read more).

Donna Purcell: Blind since her late 20s due to a degenerative eye condition, Donna uses CORE support to engage a support worker who helps her maintain her fitness routine and navigate daily activities. This support has enabled her to stay active and independent, enhancing her overall well-being​ (Click here to read more)​.

Esther Simbi: A survivor of polio and refugee camps, Esther faced significant challenges after moving to Adelaide. Through CORE support, she receives assistance with daily activities and community engagement, which has transformed her life by providing the necessary support to participate in community events and care for her children​ (Click here to read more)​.

For more information on the NDIS CORE support category and how it can benefit you, visit the NDIS Improvements page.

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