NDIS – funding your future power chair

Mark Brown needs a powerchair to have a balanced and successful life. From the time he gets up in the morning until the time he goes to bed, his powerchair is involved in everything he does. He’s been using this incredibly personal piece of equipment for over 8 years, and now it’s time for an upgrade. Mark has been successful in applying through the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) for funding for his next powerchair, and he’s chosen a Magic Mobility powerchair.

“When you get a wheelchair, you’re changing something fundamental about your life,” explained Mark. “If the new wheelchair doesn’t fit your body and doesn’t fit your needs, it can affect your whole life. That’s why I’m confident in selecting a Magic Mobility Frontier V6 All Terrain powerchair.”

Through his NDIS plan, Mark has been able to demonstrate that Magic Mobility’s Frontier V6 All Terrain Assistive Technology (AT) will meet his needs, goals and aspirations. There are many factors you need to consider when putting together your NDIS plan, especially given that a powerchair falls into the Level 4 (complex) category of funding.

“You need to consider so many things with a powerchair,” says Mark. “There’s the functionality. Is it going to go as fast as you want? Is it going to be able to tackle the terrain where you live?”

The NDIS does support complex AT solutions such as Magic Mobility all-terrain powerchairs. These can be purchased with basic specifications or modified to take into account the unique needs of the person. Mark’s own chair has been highly customised to deal with his body’s requirements.

“A powerchair is so personal. There are so many considerations to get the chair right,” Mark said.

“Power leg rest elevation is important to me because my legs get uncomfortable in the same position. I need to get the circulation flowing. My Magic Mobility powerchair is funded to have the power leg elevation option.”

Because of the complexities of Mark’s needs, his plan required an AT assessment. This helped the NDIA work out what forms of AT were critical to Mark, and they determined that the Magic Mobility Frontier V6 All Terrain with suitable modifications gave him the independence he needs.

Power Mobility is proud to distribute Magic Mobility powerchairs in Queensland, plus many more mobility aids. Contact the team at Power Mobility to find out more about how we can support your NDIS plan.

You can watch a video about Mark’s story here.