Gardening & Cleaning – Working within your NDIS Plan
For many people, cleaning is simply a part of everyday life – it needs to be done and it needs to be done regularly. But for some people with a disability, keeping their house clean or doing the gardening can be extremely difficult – and in some cases, an impossible challenge.
As a NDIS registered provider of cleaning and yard maintenance services, we often get questions from NDIS participants and our customers who want to know if they can use their funds to hire a gardener, cleaner or handyman. The answer is that it varies – what you can or can’t fund depends on each individual participants situation and what is included in their NDIS plan. Simply put – there is no single answer.
There are some basic things to keep in mind, and some handy tips that can make the decision as easy as possible for you or your participants.
Does the NDIS fund gardening, cleaning and home maintenance?
In short, yes. The National Disability Insurance Scheme can provide funding for support with cleaning, gardening and home maintenance. It is important here to point out that it will only fund these supports if they are reasonable and necessary (click here for more information) and directly related to your disability.
So, if you’re unable to perform a task, like mopping or vacuuming the floor or mowing the lawn, because your disability makes it impossible, then the NDIS can fund it. If a person without a disability would have to hire a specialist to perform the job, such as hiring an electrician to assist with the installation of smoke alarms or to assist with a loose power point, it won’t be covered by the NDIS.
Gardening, cleaning and home maintenance in your NDIS plan
The NDIS includes support with gardening, cleaning and home maintenance under the support category Assistance with Daily Living in your NDIS plan.
So if you have budget allocated to this category in your NDIS plan, you can use it for this support, provided you meet the criteria outlined in the above section. Its also worth noting that, as Assistance with Daily Living is a ‘core support’.
We understand that each participant is different. We are always here to assist with your specific and personalised questions regarding your support needs and how we may be able to assist.
Call us on (07) 3708 1060.