A case study was posted by MS Australia to demonstrate how NDIS could enhance its recipient's independence and quality of life:
For a lot of chronic degenerative neurological disorders the management goal should not focus on crisis situation, such as the time of MS relapse. Instead of trying to be completely independent by declining/postponing essential service support, we often find individuals who are willing to accept and adapt a life style change by acquiring the concept of 'adaptive independence'- i.e. only focus on being independent on the daily activities which are meaningful and suitable for their level of function/important for their social roles and allowing service input to assist them with the rest, receive the better outcome of long term independence and better quality of life. An excessive level of fatigue could potentially speed up the progression of MS which could have significant negative impact on the long run.
J is a good case study to outline how a seemingly functional and independent individual with MS could potentially have a significant level of needs unmet on multiple areas. When those areas are overlooked they could cause significant issues such complication such as depression, anxiety disorder, social withdrawn and functional hardship due to unable to engage in work activities.
If J is a GRS recipient, we could target her individual needs by aligning her to her NDIS goals: staying independent for housework, continue to paid work and engage in social activities. She will be able to access collaborative team support for her support coordination, exercise physiology (physiotherapy), occupational therapy, social work and psychology needs. The particular disciplinary clinicians will break down J's NDIS goals to further sub-goals in their disciplinary scope to assist J to achieve a optimised outcome.
As J is near her retirement age she will have to face a decision whether she would prefer to transfer her care from NDIS support to My Aged Care (MAC) when she turns age of 65. If J decides to transfer her care to MAC, as all GRS clinicians have extensive experience working with the MAC system, we could ensure all her care needs to be smoothly transitioned to MAC when the time comes.
For more information on how NDIS could benefit people with MS, please check the MS Australia site: https://www.ms.org.au/national-disability-insurance-scheme-ndis.aspx