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How Does Aged Care in NDIS Work?



The NDIA and the Australian government are dedicated to ensuring that no one under the age of 65 is forced to live in aged care homes. Many older people come to this decision due to their physical limitations. 

However, with the introduction of NDIS, you are more equipped now than ever. 

To make a long story short, NDIS will assist you in examining your alternatives and provide home and living assistance. This also covers the daily help you require—that best matches your needs. 

You can speak with your planner or support coordinator if you wish to move in or out of residential aged care. They will find other forms of support, so you are not moving into an aged care facility out of helplessness.

Now let’s see it in detail: how does NDIS help older people?

Read on to find it out. 

Home and Living Supports You Can Access

NDIS supports older people in more than one way. Listed below are some supports you will receive as part of your aged care. 

  1. Specialist Disability Accommodation

Some persons with disabilities need a lot of help. It can imply that they require a home with particular accommodations. NDIS refers to this as a specialist disability accommodation. 

Most participants don’t need this kind of specialised accommodation. They can do just fine with other types of homes and living arrangements. 

However, if you need it and qualify, the NDIS will create a budget for you as the first step. Everything else will follow. 

  1. Supported Independent Living

This service enables you to live in your house and is called supported independent living. 

It involves service or supervision with everyday duties like personal care or food preparation. By developing your abilities, this support encourages you to live as independently as possible. 

Supported independent living is for persons whose condition demands a high level of assistance at home all or most of the time. 

  1. Short-Term Accommodation

Short-term accommodation, including respite, refers to money for help and housing while you are temporarily away from your primary residence. 

It pays for up to 14 days’ worth of care that you can access from elsewhere. It could be to spend a brief time alone or with others. It is usually provided when your regular carers are unavailable or when you want to try something different.

  1. Medium-Term Accommodation

If you can’t move into your long-term home because your disability supports aren’t ready, NDIS will pay for short-term housing so you have a place to live. 

To be qualified, you must have a place to live in the short term and a place to live in the long term. NDIS typically covers medium-term accommodation for as long as 90 days.

Other Supports

Your requirements and goals will determine how NDIS needs to support you. Your needs, like other NDIS-funded assistance, must fulfil NDIS’s reasonable and necessary conditions. 

For instance, you may get funding for the following: 

  • Help in getting to work 
  • Support in seeing relatives or family 
  • Services that enable you to take part in community events 
  • Therapy and other forms of support for jobs, education, or social interactions. The use of allied health services to enhance communication may fall under this category. Speech pathology services can be one example.
  • Personalised tools or technologies that make life easier or more autonomous for you 
  • Services to assist you in moving to alternative accommodations if you so want. 
  • Capacity development and transition support to help you in preparing to leave your RACF if that is your choice. 
  • Support coordinator to assist you in organising and finding your suppliers. 

Inclusions and Exclusions

You are deemed a ‘younger person in residential aged care’ if you meet the below conditions:

  • You are under the age of 65; 
  • You have a disability; and 
  • You live permanently in a residential aged care facility (RACF). 

You may be able to use the NDIS if you are a younger person receiving residential care. Besides any help you need due to your impairment, NDIS may also pay for some of your RACF expenses. 

If you lived in a RACF before turning 65, you might choose to keep receiving NDIS support even after 65.

NDIS provides permanent funding for services for young people residing in RACFs registered with the Commonwealth. Additionally, residents must qualify to live in RACF under the Aged Care Act.

Now you know what makes you eligible to access NDIS services. But there are also some exclusions to this. 

Those who are not eligible are as below. 

  • Someone using a RACF’s respite services. 
  • Someone living at a facility under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program 
  • Someone in a Multi-Purpose Service. These offer a combination of health and aged care services for particular rural and remote areas. 
  • Someone living in a RACF but lacking an Aged Care Act authorisation for residential aged care 
  • Someone who is 65 years of age or older and residing in a RACF.

Getting Access to NDIS

You must first fulfil the eligibility conditions to get help from the NDIS if you aren’t currently a participant.

Yet, there is a speedier procedure to enrol younger individuals permanently residing in residential aged care in the NDIS. It is through NDIS contacting you and helping to gather the information you need to use the NDIS. Their specialised staff will be responsible for evaluating your eligibility. 

In rare circumstances, if they cannot reach you directly, they may contact your RACF or your nominee to begin the procedure. 

Once you qualify, you can submit the application via their online form, in-person communication, telephone, email, or web chat.


NDIS is not limited to young people with disabilities—it also includes older people. 

It is a true blessing to people of different backgrounds with different limitations. However, being unaware of the ways in which NDIS works, many deserving people are missing out on the opportunities that come with it. 

We hope this definitive guide will help you understand NDIS a little more and a little better. If you are looking for a service provider right now to guide you through all this, give Sky Plan Management a chance. 

It provides the best services for NDIS plan management in Gold Coast. You can talk to them directly and discuss your best course of action. 

Good luck!