Which wound & pressure care related products are covered by the NDIS?From 1 October 2019, the NDIS now includes more health supports that are related to your disability. This means the NDIS will now pay for health supports such as wound and pressure care because some people have wounds or are at risk of getting one.
Wound and pressure care supports include:*Development of care plan by a suitably qualitfied and competent clinician.*Wound care and pressure care (including pressure injury management) by an NDIS-funded, suitably qualified and competent worker.*Training of support workers/familis in prevention of pressure areas and wounds*Wound care and pressure care consumables (e.g.dressings, gauze, bandages, tape, lymphoedema garments and pressure wraps)*Provision of assistive technology as required due to a participant’s disability, to prevent pressure areas/wounds occuring.*Devices to help manage lymphoedema as well as assistance with the use of the equipment and the training of an NDIS-funded suitably qualified and competent worker to use the machine.
People with disabilities causing immobility, poor circulation and incontinence are at higher risk of skin breaking down and developing a chronic wound (a wound that takes longer to heal). People that have diabetes, heart diseases, obesity, and kidney disease are also at greater risk of chronic wounds.
To use these health supports, you must be using the NDIS. The supports must be reasonable and necessary. This means the supports should :*Be about your disability*Be good value for money*Work well and help make your life better.