Who can use the service?
To receive funded service from Kempsey Regional Support a person must have a disability which:
(a) is attributable to an intellectual, cognitive, neurological, psychiatric, sensory or physical impairment, or a combination of any of those impairments, and
(b) is permanent or likely to be permanent, and
(c) results in a significant reduction in the person’s functional capacity in one or more areas of major life activity, including, for example, communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, decision-making, self-care and self-management, and
(d) results in the need for support, whether or not of an ongoing nature.
How can the service be accessed?
KRS accepts referrals by professionals, work places, schools, families, carers, friends (only if consent is given by the person with a disability and their family), or by self-referral. After initial referral, KRS staff will contact the family to discuss respite needs and to complete the registration and assessment process. Within 2 weeks of the assessment, families will be advised of the services available to them. With permission from the person with a disability, their family and carers, KRS can connect them with other services to meet their needs. If so, that service will then register the person with a disability using their own referral process.
When can the service be used?
The service can be used according to an Individual Plan tailored in response to the needs of the person with a disability and their family/carer. For more information regarding Flexible Support, see below. The person with a disability can also register to participate in an age-appropriate Group programs, which provides respite for carers on a regular basis. For more information regarding Group programs, see below. Emergency or crisis support is available through the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (ph: 1800 052 222 )
What will it cost?
The cost of participation dependent on the type of activity, entry or ticket prices, meals, accommodation, support staff, volunteers and transport as required. KRS asks the family to make a contribution towards the cost of the activity, however, inability to pay will not exclude consumers from accessing our service and you can discuss other arrangements with us
What are the benefits?
• new friends
• new experiences for everyone
• a support network for the family
• better community understanding of disability
• satisfaction and new skills for the volunteer/support worker