The idea behind the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is that eligible people, or their carers, will have greater choice with regards to the assistance and services they engage with.
Kay Rudd of Jigsaw Plan Management points out that, in regional areas such as ours, this scheme can still limit the options a little because of the relatively modest number of small businesses who are registered NDIS providers.
However, there is a way to increase the range of options available to an NDIS plan, and that is through choosing to be plan managed.
"Opting to be plan managed gives you freedom of choice with the providers you engage," Kay explains.
With plan management, "Service providers do not need to be registered as NDIS providers, and this allows you flexibility to meet your goals," Kay says.
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WHAT THEY DO
"Jigsaw Plan Management provides financial management of NDIS plans on behalf of eligible participants.
"A financial plan manager gives the participant a great choice of service provider, while taking the hassle away from the participant and their family," Kay says.
"During a plan meeting, participants are asked 'how you would like to look after the money in the plan?'"
At the same time, "Your billing issues and questions are resolved for you, allowing you spend your time living your best life."
NO COST TO YOU
"If the participant elects to be plan managed, the NDIS will add the extra funding in the plan to cover our services.
"There is no cost to the participant."
HOW IT WORKS
"We receive, check and lodge the invoices from the service providers.
"We arrange payment of those invoices in accordance with the NDIS plan and provide a monthly report so that participants can understand how the plan is progressing.
"As accountants, we understand how money and budgeting works."
WHO THEY ARE
Jigsaw Plan Management started in July 2018 when Kay Rudd was given the opportunity, supported by Jigsaw Tax and Advisory, to start something that she is passionate about.
Kay's wish is to support NDIS participants in the Goulburn and surrounding areas with a personal, community sense approach to managing the financial aspect of their NDIS plans.
Her colleagues point out that Kay prides herself on being client-focused, reliable and respectful.
They also said that Kay ensures she connects with each of her participants on a personal level as well as with providers throughout our area to obtain a sense of the services available.
Jigsaw Plan Management is helping to piece together your NDIS plan. Contact Kay Rudd on 0412 945 571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.