When you have a disability being able to access home help services can make all the difference to the comfort and safety of your home. Hiring an NDIS gardener is one option you have, to keep the outside of your home in tip top condition. Being able to access services such as lawn mowing, weeding and exterior maintenance can really help you stay on top of those everyday tasks and remain independent.
You may not have been aware that you could engage a support worker to help you with these tasks . The great thing about the Mable platform is that you can browse the profiles of thousands of Independent Support Workers and find someone who is ideal for your needs, including many with experience in lawn mowing and garden maintanence.
We’ve put together some more information about accessing home help through Mable and outline the range of services you can access for yourself or someone you are caring for.
- Can you use NDIS funding to hire a gardener?
- Can you use a home care package to fund gardening?
- Do support workers provide this work or is it someone else?
- What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?
- Price range of gardening support service
- What is covered by insurance?
- Questions to ask a support worker before hiring.
- How does a support worker who works with gardening vary from a regular gardener?
What can NDIS help with?
What can NDIS help with?
The NDIS is a federal government-funded scheme that provides financial support to people who have a disability and are assessed and approved for the program. The NDIS funds supports if it is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ and is directly related to a person’s disability. As each NDIS participant plan is unique , what is covered varies depending on the individual. If you’re unsure, reach out to the NDIA or your plan manager to discuss.
In general, if a person cant perform a task – like weeding or mowing the lawn – because of their disability, the NDIS may fund it. If the task requires a specialist such as hiring a plumber or electrician, regardless of whether the person has a disability, it is unlikely to be funded by the NDIS.
How do I know if I’m suitable to have support from the NDIS?
The NDIS provides for Australian citizens, permanent residents and certain visa holders aged between seven and 65, and who have a significant and permanent disability. The first step in determining your eligibility is to contact the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) on 1800 800 110 and make an Access Request.
Can you use NDIS funding to hire a gardener?
As each NDIS participant plan is different it will depend on your own plan as to whether gardening can be funded.
NDIS funding is there to support people with disability of all ages with support services that help them to reach their goals. Gardening and lawn mowing can be essential services in maintaining a safe, healthy environment and living independently at home.
In general, if you are unable to perform gardening task’s because of your disability , then gardening may be funded by your NDIS plan. If you are unsure , we suggest you reach out to NDIA or your plan manager to confirm.
Can you use a Home Care Package to fund gardening?
Depending on the level of Home Care Package you receive, you can get assistance with a range of different services. The three main categories of services are:
- Services to keep you well and independent – including personal care, nursing services, allied health.
- Services to keep you safe in your home – including cleaning, home maintenance and modifications, assistive technology.
- Services to keep you connected to your community – including transport, social support services.
Under the services to keep you safe in your home , the cleaning and home maintenance category covers serves which help you keep your home clean and liveable. This can include :
- light gardening – weeding, pruning, lawn mowing, minor garden maintenance, clearing debris
- help with making beds
- help with ironing and laundry
- help with cleaning like dusting, vacuuming, and mopping
Do support workers provide this work or is it someone else?
Many people think that support workers only provide their services inside the home but the fact is, support workers function in many different capacities. On the Mable platform, you’ll find Independent Support Workers who are dedicated to gardening, lawn mowing, hedge trimming, leaf blowing and similar services. By choosing someone an Independent Support Worker on the Mable platform, you’ll be able to put your NDIS money to good use, keeping the outside of your home tidy and well maintained.
What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?
What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?
Keeping your yard’s grass cut and the weeds at bay is important for maintaining its condition. Throughout the year, there are many other tasks that have to be performed, especially as seasons change. Your lawn might need fertilising, your roses could need pruning and your trees may shed leaves onto your roof so that they end up in the gutters. Hiring an NDIS gardener means all of these tasks and more can be taken care of so you can relax knowing your home’s condition is in safe hands.
From basic fortnightly lawn mowing to monthly weeding and yearly fertilising, there’s always something needing to be done. Thankfully, you can access this kind of home help on Mable
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Price range of gardening support service
Workers who offer social support and domestic assistance usually set guide rates anywhere between $25-$40 per hour on weekdays and $35-$50 on weekends. More experiences gardeners may charge more. Please note that all Independent Support Workers on Mable set their own rates and the price range is not binding.
What is covered by insurance?
When it comes to organising someone to come and provide any kind of home help, you must make sure that they are insured. Any support worker you find on Mable will be covered by a suite of insurances including Professional Indemnity, General Liability and Personal Accident. You must remember though that coverage only applies to support sessions – including gardening and lawn mowing – that are booked and paid for through the Mable platform.
Questions to ask a support worker before hiring
When hiring an NDIS gardener, it’s important to do your due diligence and ask as many questions as you need in order to be comfortable with the support worker. We’ve put together a list of useful questions you can ask when interviewing your potential new gardener:
- What type of gardening experience do you have ?
- Do you offer light gardening only or full gardening service?
- Will you bring your own equipment ? What type?
- Are you ok with my dogs being in the yard when you’re there?
- Do you only offer lawn mowing and weeding, or do you do maintenance tasks as well?
- Do I have to be home/do you need to see me when you come to work on my yard?
- Do you take away all the green waste when you’ve finished each time?
How does a support worker who works with gardening vary from a regular gardener?
Booking home help services like lawn mowing and yard maintenance through a local newspaper could mean hiring someone who is not properly insured. You can always have the peace of mind that knowing your support worker from the Mable platform is fully insured, Police Checked and verified.
And don’t forget, the main way a support worker who works with gardening varies from a regular gardener is that once you have signed up with Mable you easily can pay the support worker from your NDIS package if it is covered by your plan.
Much more than just lawn mowing
When hiring an NDIS gardener, you have the option to request services besides lawn mowing. You can explore the support worker profiles on Mable and find someone experienced in lawn care and gardening, but some will be able to offer more skills as well.
Cutting the grass is just the beginning. A good lawn also needs edging, weeding, fertilising, watering and sometimes even aerating. Yours might need pest control from time to time if there are grubs or other issues. Then there are other elements your yard might have. If you have hedges, they can be pruned and trimmed. If you have garden beds, they may need regular weeding and pruning.
Paths, driveways and wheelchair ramps can become slippery and hazardous if they are covered in moss so hiring an NDIS gardener can be a good idea to keep those items in good, safe condition. Your home’s gutters need to remain clear of leaves and other debris so water run-off works properly. Perhaps you have a pile of rubbish that needs to be taken to the dump or you have a broken gate, rickety fence or some paving that needs to be fixed. All of these are vital tasks that need attending to so you can talk to your NDIS gardener about having them done.
Get maximum value out of your NDIS package
Get maximum value out of your NDIS package
When you are approved for an NDIS home care package, the government will have decided what your level of funding will be. Some people don’t always use their entire package because they worry they are using too much money but the funding is there to support your needs. Hiring an NDIS gardener on the Mable platform could be a good way of putting it to good use to meet your independent living goals.
As a Mable client, you’ll find that our fees are much lower and your NDIS money goes a lot further. You might be surprised to find that where you couldn’t afford lawn mowing and home help services before, you can through Mable.
Hiring an NDIS gardener means family can come purely to visit
Aren’t family and friends wonderful? Always there to offer help. It’s so nice when you can count on good people to come over and do a bit of lawn mowing, pull some weeds and so on, but wouldn’t it be better if they could come just to visit? Paying for home help through your NDIS package means when friends and family come over, they can forget the work boots and instead, sit and enjoy a chat with you. You could even invite them over to see how beautiful your yard is looking.
NDIS Gardening examples
Here are some examples of how clients who use the Mable platform could get their lawn mowing and other yard care tasks done through their NDIS package:
- Jason loves trimming the hedges along the driveway himself but being in a wheelchair means he needs someone to do the lawn mowing for him. His support worker from Mable cuts the grass and takes away all the green waste every two weeks.
- Cameron had a fall on the concrete leading to his clothesline because weeds had grown over it. His first gardening session through Mable has now led to him getting his support worker in once a fortnight for lawn mowing and once every couple of months to control weeds.
- Since Cheryl moved into her townhouse, the packing boxes had been stacked in the courtyard, gradually decomposing. Thanks to her NDIS package, she was able to enlist the help of a support worker from Mable to do a rubbish run and he has also since helped with a damaged downpipe and unblocked the storm water drain.
- Denise is the carer for her Uncle Dave who used to enjoy gardening until he acquired his disability. Denise arranged for a home help support person to bring the garden back to life and now he comes regularly. Dave gets to be out in the fresh air for a chat and some company.
It’s stories like these that drive home the fact that the outside of your home is every bit as important as the inside. Keeping your yard well maintained keeps you safe and healthy and helps to prevent the need for costly repairs to your property.
Mable has people you can count on
Because all the support workers on the Mable platform are independent business owners, they are working for themselves and want to work hard for your business.
People who find their support workers through the Mable platform know that they can count on several layers of protection. All support workers are insured, police and reference. You can even read reviews that other clients have left on the support worker’s profiles so when you want to choose someone for lawn mowing, gardening or home maintenance, you’ll know who’s right for the job.