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11 March 2020

Budget categories explained: Improved Daily Living

Are you close to your goal of living independently? Perhaps you already live independently but you’re struggling with some of life’s little tasks.

Whichever it may be, sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference in life.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Improved Daily Living budget category.

Building skills for a better life.

The NDIS can fund support services or training that will help improve your day-to-day life through the budget category called Improved Daily Living.

As long as these supports are considered ‘reasonable and necessary’, you may be able to utilise funding within this category to help build your skills, increase your independence, help you at home or receive treatment to improve your mobility.

So whether you need a specialised driving course for modified cars or an appointment with a physiotherapist, here’s how to make the most out of your Improved Daily Living funding.

Finding the right supports for you. 

Think about your current situation… is there anything you think that stops you from being as independent as you’d like?

If you’ve got something in mind, have a look at some of the ways you could spend your Improved Daily Living funding and see if one or a few can help.

In-home care

If you need a little bit of extra assistance around the house, you may choose to spend all or part of your funding on an in-home care service.

An in-home care support worker can assist you with many different tasks such as:

  • Showering
  • Getting dressed
  • Personal care tasks
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Budgeting
  • Meal planning.
Medical assistance from a nurse

Perhaps you need help with administering medication or specialist care. In this instance, you can apply to have a registered nurse visit your home.

Registered nurses are able to give a high level of care as well as provide training to you or the person who helps you to develop the skills needed to enjoy living more independently.

Therapeutic services

Funding within this category can be used to finance a range of therapeutic services. This can include a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or a speech pathologist, just to name a few.

Some types of therapists can even help you learn to interact better with others if this is one of your goals. Funding within this category will help finance an initial assessment as well as ongoing treatment or training.

Early intervention supports for early childhood

There is a range of early intervention services funded within this category that can assist your child’s development.

This can include linking your family with an Early Childhood Partner who can create a package of varied support services catered to your child’s individual needs.

Care and specialised training

If you’ve got a parent, guardian or close friend who may want to officially become your carer to help you to live independently, you may choose to spend part of your funding on training for them. This will help them to learn appropriate skills to support you in the best way possible.

We can help! 

If you’ve got other ideas on how your daily needs can be supported but are unsure if it’s covered within your NDIS Plan, then have a chat with the Leap in! Crew.

We can help you to navigate the NDIS to ensure you’re getting the most out of your plan.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78, email us at or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.