Daily Living Skills
Daily living skills refers to the set of key skills that are frequently used in activities of daily life. These are also referred to as ‘Occupational skills’.
They can include a range of activities such as:
- Personal care
- Building social skills
All About Your Supports have been assisting NDIS participants with Daily Living Skills since All About You Supports first began, in July 2018. We offer a number of supports and services that help people optimise this facet of their lives.
How Are the Services Delivered?
Building skills for daily living is generally carried out on a one-on-one basis. This allows us to individually tailor the experience to suit each client’s needs.
We visit their home, talk with them about their goals and gain an understanding of what tasks they want to be able to undertake independently.
Does this Involve Medical Professionals?
Not necessarily, but each individual participant will have different needs.
We promote a multi-disciplinary approach and, wherever needed, All About You Supports can coordinate with additional services.
Who Can Access Daily Living Skills?
This service is designed for people who are looking to enhance their independence by gaining key skills.
This service is available to all NDIS participants, whether NDIS-managed or self-managed. It is available for both adults and children, depending upon their individual NDIS plan.
In some instances, people are looking to obtain a range of skills. In other instances, they are looking to achieve just one skill that is important to them. This might be the ability to walk independently or to access the community in a safe and appropriate way. Many clients have benefited from our support in achieving Daily Living Skills goals.
Soaring to New Heights
For example, we have a client who came to us wanting to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. We coordinated with a specialised personal trainer to create a workout plan that was suitable for their individual needs.
With our help, this person began undertaking a customised workout during supported weekly gym visits.
Across six months the person built-up core strength and this has significantly improved their ability to sit comfortably. Previously this person was uncomfortable and needed to maintain a twisted position in order to find relief.
The person now visits the gym twice a week, where they undertake their program independently.
We are very inspired by that person, they are setting an example for their community on how to live healthily!
How Can I Start Working with AAYS?
There are two ways to get started with us:
- Phone our office to set up a meeting with a service manager
- Fill out the referral form on our website
We can then work together to establish what is needed and how we can help.
Why is AAYS a Great Provider of Daily Living Skills?
At All About You Supports we carefully bring together the recommendations from a range of professionals to make sure that each and every client is getting the very best support.
If you would like to contact us regarding this service, please navigate to our contact page to start the process.
Supported Independent Living FAQ
What does AAYS specifically do to improve daily living skills?
We look at any existing assessments, which are usually from an Occupational Therapist, in order to understand the client and their needs.
Then, one of our carers will visit and assist the client to achieve those goals and to establish routines around learning new skills.
If further medical intervention is required (such as the assistance of a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, etc), we can organise this on behalf of the participant.
Medical professionals are often engaged to help people build their physical and cognitive capacity, as well as equipment requirements, which translates into improved daily living skills. This includes performing rehabilitation exercises that have been prescribed to the participant to perform with the assistance of a carer.
Are Daily Living Skills a mandatory component of an NDIS plan?
Daily Living Skills are a component of NDIS core supports. It is not mandatory in that it needs to be outlined in an individual’s care plan. Its inclusion is based on the goals that are set when the NDIS plan is established.
A Daily Living Skills component is highly flexible in order to meet each participant’s needs at any given time. While there are overarching goals, if a client needs help with a specific task one day, for example entering the community, then that is where our focus will be for that day.
What does a normal session on Daily Living Skills consist of?
This is variable, as we are going to align with the goals of the participant.
For example, it may be someone’s meaningful goal to safely cook a healthy meal, so our carers would help them
Our carers are also there to assist with tasks that the participant cannot achieve independently.
Do all NDIS participants have funding for Daily Living Skills?
Funding for Daily Living Skills support will be determined when a participant’s initial NDIS plan is being established. It will be dependent upon factors such as current capabilities and identified goals.
If someone doesn’t yet have funding for Daily Living Skills but would like to, this is something that can be addressed through a Change of Circumstances form.
It can be submitted to the NDIS to request changes to the outlined funding.
How does AAYS track progress towards Daily Living Skills and goals?
Following each session, our support workers complete a shift report. This includes details such as:
- a summary of what has been done
- an overview of current skills in relation to goals (i.e. if part or all of a goal has been achieved)
- if there are any barriers to success that have been identified.
If a barrier has been identified, we report to the appropriate support person (for example an Occupational Therapist or a Speech Therapist) in order to maximise the participant’s opportunity to achieve that goal.
All About You Supports can also write reports to the NDIS in support of funding applications. For example, we can provide evidence that continued funding is required in order for someone to work on and achieve their goals.