For people who experience disability, an efficiently managed NDIS plan can be the difference between thriving or not.
There are some misconceptions, though, when it comes to plan management. Some people believe that it’s simpler to manage a plan on your own and that having a plan manager will complicate the process.
We’re covering some of the most common myths about plan management to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Myth 1: Having a plan manager means less control
There’s a misconception that having a plan manager means that you’ll have less control over your plan. In many cases the opposite is true. A plan manager is there to help you make the most of your plan. They can offer advice about funding categories, help avoid over and underspending and even recommend supports that might be right for you.
Having the right plan manager can actually mean having someone in your corner –– offering you more, not less, control.
Myth 2: Plan managers only help with finances
While it’s true that plan managers manage invoices, payments, and other financial services, there are plenty of other benefits too.
A plan manager can help participants to better navigate the NDIS. That means offering advice, support, and information about NDIS rules, changes, and benefits.
Myth 3: Plan managers are expensive
Many people avoid plan management because they fear the service will be too expensive. In reality, having a plan manager can actually reduce costs. That’s because a plan manager can help you better manage finances to get the most out of your plan.
Myth 4: Plan managers need to be paid upfront
There’s also a misconception that a plan manager needs to be paid out of pocket. Plan management is actually considered a support and can be funded by your NDIS plan –– at no cost to you. Plan managers are funded through the Improved Life Choices support category.
Myth 5: I don’t need a plan manager and a support coordinator
It’s important to recognise that a support coordinator and a plan manager are two different things.
Support coordinators help participants by linking them with the best supports for them. They help participants find, access, and connect supports to help them achieve the plan goals.
Plan managers, on the other hand, manage the challenging financial aspects of plan management, take care of admin, reduce the need for out-of-pocket costs, and offer critical NIDS advice.
Myth 6: Having plan management is time-consuming
The right plan manager will actually save you a significant amount of time. When it comes to self-management, anecdotally the feedback is that it can take 10–15 hours of effort per fortnight for a participant or their nominee to manage.
A plan manager can save you that time in admin so that you can focus on your goals and get the most out of your NDIS plan.
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