Selecting the right plan manager to assist with your NDIS funding can significantly improve the benefits that you receive from your allocated amount so it’s important to get things right the first time around. Today we’ll be exploring what exactly a plan manager does and how to ensure that you select the right one.
What Does A Plan Manager Do?
As you would expect from their job title, a plan manager is in charge of handling the allocation of funds from your NDIS resources towards goods and services that can benefit you and improve your quality of life. While they are always required to act in your best interests, they are limited by their connections and skill set. As such, it is vital that you select the right plan manager if you want to get the most out of your resources.
How Do You Ensure You Select The Right Plan Manager?
To help you identify who the right professional is for your personal circumstances, we’ve out together the below points:
Consider What Type Of Services They Specialise In
The first thing you’re going to want to consider is what type of services your chosen professional specialises in. While most providers will be able to assist with any aspect that you require, certain professionals will have more skills and contacts within certain areas, therefore making their assistance more valuable to you.
Ask About Contacts They Have In The Industry
Speaking of contacts, they’re the next thing you’re going to want to ask any prospective plan manager about. Over their careers those working within the disability sector will naturally accrue a collection of people that they can contact if they need assistance either for themselves or their clients. These contacts can be highly valuable to you and your needs, especially if your chosen professional has a contact who would otherwise be hard to get in touch with or book an appointment for. This is one of the major benefits of engaging someone to look after your NDIS funds for you and can greatly improve your quality of life.
See Who Their Preferred Providers Are
Next up you’ll want to ask any prospective professionals who their preferred providers are. This is because their opinion may differ to yours so it is always important to have this information up front. This also gives you a better idea of the aspects of the industry that someone tends to work within, therefore helping you to ascertain whether they’re the right provider for you.
Assess How They Will Communicate With You
This next point is absolutely vital when it comes to you receiving the best support possible. No matter how good someone is at ensuring funds end up in the right place, they’re not going to be the best plan manager for you if you do not communicate well with each other. This is because they cannot meet your needs if they do not properly understand them, so you want to ensure that anyone you are considering hiring to be your plan manager works well with your communication style and can listen (and convey information) effectively.
Think About Whether You Get Along With Them
Following on from our last point, it is also important to select a plan manager that you get along well with. While this is not as vital as being able to communicate effectively, it will help everything run more smoothly which is highly beneficial to your care.
So there you have it, our comprehensive guide on how to select the best plan manager for your needs.