From 12 January 2022 – 28 February 2022, the NDIS are providing extra supports to keep you safe:
Provision of a meal prep and delivery service, if you would usually have a support worker help you with your meals and that support is unavailable or will put you at risk of catching COVID;
Only relates to delivered meals not the food
Depending on the provider of the meals, you can either pay up front and get 70% reimbursed or they would provide two invoices one to you to pay 30% and want to us to pay 70% (NDIS does not fund food);
(please contact Marie if you would like some names of meal prep companies)
If you have support workers coming into your home you can claim the cost of purchasing face masks, faceshields, gloves and in some cases hand sanitizer. These can be reimbursed to you if you have on average at least one hour a day of support and should not be more than $50 a week
If you have a support worker attend your home who later tests positive to COVID-19, your provider can claim the cost of a one-off professional deep clean of your house directly from the NDIA.
You should follow your local public health advice and we recommend that you and your support workers are vaccinated as per this advice.
The National Cabinet agreed recently that disability support workers who are close contacts can continue working if they are asymptomatic and obtain a negative RAT test;
RAT tests – if you have a pension concession card or a healthcare card or similar, you are able to obtain free RAT tests – max. 5 in a single month from pharmacies by showing your card
We recommend that you speak to your support workers about their COVID arrangements, including vaccinations, PPE and replacement staff.