How would this offer benefit me?
This offer benefits people who have an NDIS Plan and are seeking to engage a Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist (and includes people wishing to change service providers who have not had any recent assessments).
How do I know if this support is in my NDIS Plan?
It will typically be within the budget for “Improved Daily Living Skills”. We can help clarify this with you if you are unsure.
What does this offer mean?
When a Therapist attends a new client appointment for the start of service delivery, an assessment will usually be required to identify how the client is functioning in a particular area. This assessment can occur in the client’s home, day program, school or Leapfrog clinic space. The visits for the assessment (that are not on a Leapfrog site) will usually require a portion of the NDIS hours to cover travel time. This can eat away at valuable therapeutic time needed to achieve outcomes for the client. For this offer, Leapfrog Ability will not charge for the travel costs associated with the assessment visits.
How does this offer work within the NDIS Travel Policy?
Providers who travel to provide therapeutic supports to Participants cannot claim any travel time at the hourly rate where the distance travelled is less than 10km as this cost is included in the hourly rate.
Providers can claim travel time at the hourly rate for travel in excess of 10km, up to a maximum annual limit of $1000 per Participant (per annum). Travel time is calculated using this formula
Claimable travel time (in hours) = (total km travelled – 10)/60
Providers who intend to claim travel costs from a Participant’s plan using this provision must seek the agreement of the participant prior to any claim being made (e.g. the service agreement between the participant and provider should specify if travel costs are to be claimed).
This formula published on the NDIS website implicitly assumes that, on average, travel speed is 60km/hour – see NDIS/provider/pricing and payments.
To dowload the 2017/18 NSW NDIS Price Guide, click here.
What is involved in an Allied Health or Therapeutic Assessment?
The Assessment usually requires six hours of work to complete. These hours are divided into times for:
Face-to-face appointments with the client (whereby the assessment is administered and information is obtained), and
Non face-to-face time (utilised for scoring and evaluation of the information collected and the preparation of a Report).
Often, a meeting with the client/family to discuss assessment results forms the final part of the overall process.
The Assessment process can focus on a wide range of areas (depending on the therapy type) and might include things like:
What are the outcomes the client wants and needs to achieve?
What key factors are required to be taken into consideration? For instance, problems with body functions or structures, difficulties with tasks like communicating, walking, caring for oneself (dressing, toileting, eating, drinking and showering), restrictions in moving around, using hands or being able to cope with the demands in a school or day program setting.
How does the individual cope with face to face therapeutic sessions - can they stay focused for a full hour, or do they require more sessions of a shorter timespan to be most effective?
Are modifications, specialised equipment or technology required to facilitate independence in the home, school, work or day program environments?
Does the individual require assistance to prevent falls and maintain independent mobility?
Where do Assessments take place?
This again depends on the individual needs and required outcomes.
In order to make a comprehensive evaluation on the individual's needs, some face to face sessions may occur in a variety of common environments including the home, school or workplace. Sometimes, it’s appropriate to have a session in one of our Therapy rooms.
How long does the whole process take?
Where a client is able to tolerate sessions well, and has a range of times and days available, an Assessment can take as little as 1–2 weeks to complete. In more complicated circumstances, the process may take a lot longer. The process is tailored around each individual client.
What happens after the Assessment is complete?
A report will be provided to the client and to the NDIS, with detailed recommendations for further supports to be provided. In some circumstances the findings and recommendations that come from the assessment process may provide the necessary evidence for the NDIA to provide additional supports or funding in the Plan review period.
What is the process for booking an Assessment?
Once you have selected Leapfrog Ability as your provider, a Service Agreement will be prepared for both parties to sign. Different Therapies have different waiting periods, and this will be discussed with you prior to an appointment being made.
To find out more, please email or call us on (02) 4979 7777.