Mythbusters - Myth 5
Eligibility for SDA funding is determined by using the SDA Rules which is a part of legislation. Before the NDIA considers where you live currently and how that relates to your eligibility, you must meet other eligibility requirements. These are specific to the level of support that you need and you can find out more about that here.
Even if you live in a home you own, the NDIA will consider SDA for you if:
Jane is 57 years old and lives in a house that she bought 25 years ago with her partner. Jane has a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Jane uses a power wheelchair to mobilise and she transfers in and out of her wheelchair with the support of a standing hoist and another person.
Over the years, as Jane’s MS has progressed, she has been unable to access different rooms in her home and now she is limited to the living room (where she also sleeps) and the bathroom. Despite being able to access the bathroom, Jane cannot have a proper shower. Jane has investigated home modifications but these cannot be undertaken for a number of reasons.
It is likely that Jane would meet the requirements of SDA eligibility because of her support needs. It is also likely that Jane will meet the requirements that mean Jane will benefit substantially from SDA because a well designed SDA would support Jane to access the whole home, participate in household activities and reduce the risks to Jane’s health and wellbeing.
Contact our NDIS Housing Advice Line on 1300 61 64 63 from Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm (AEDT).