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How to write a Carer Statement (Impact Statement)

A Carer Statement (sometimes referred to as an Impact Statement) is a written letter by someone who cares for or is involved in the treatment of an individual living with a disability

It gives you, the carer, an opportunity to explain in depth how their disability is impacting their life and the lives of those around them in your own words.

The NDIA don’t always ask for supporting letters or statements, and you do not have to write a carer’s statement but it most certainly can affect the level of funding received and can help strengthen your application because it provides a clear picture of the supports that are needed.

The NDIA can use this statement to demonstrate the everyday difficulties experienced by the individual and their family and to verify how much care and support an individual may need. We know that writing a carer statement can often be uncomfortable to mention all these things, but it is essential to give the NDIS a complete overview of what supports and needed and therefore the appropriate level of funding.

Don‚Äôt hold back.It is important to remember you are not complaining or asking for too much ‚Äď  you are simply letting them know what you and your loved ones‚Äô daily life is like.

How do I write a Carer / Impact Statement?

The NDIS does not specify any formal guideline or template to develop a Carer’s Statement. It could be an informal letter or a structured statement. It can be whatever you choose. Either way, it should include information about the person you care for:

  • their¬†disability¬†and¬†how it impacts¬†their¬†day¬†to¬†day¬†functioning
  • what they¬†need support with, and what¬†their carer does to support them
  • your¬†own needs¬†and¬†goals as a carer, and¬†how the caring role affects you
  • whether¬†you can keep caring for them¬†in the same way into the future
  • what¬†other informal supports¬†they have, such as family or friends
  • any¬†other important information¬†for the NDIA to know when assessing which supports they might require.

What topics/areas should I write about?

Another way to formulate a statement is to address each of the main 8 categories within the NDIS and then explain:

  • what supports are provided,
  • how often,
  • the cost involved
  • as well as the emotional impact that can sometimes occur.

IMPORTANT: ‚ÄėFunctional Capacity‚Äô is¬†how¬†the NDIS measures eligibility,¬†

You should refer to the applicant‚Äôs ‚Äėfunctional capacity‚Äô when describing how their life is affected in these areas by their disability.

Here is a resource on what functional capacity is under the NDIS Again, there is no right way or wrong way to write a carer statement but you should describe your worst day so that you communicate the maximum amount of support provided.

Who else can provide an Impact Statement

An impact statement can also be provided by any person, family member or provider that supports and cares for a person with a disability. Their input may be beneficial in communicating to the NDIS the level of support needed.

  1. Impact-Statement
  2. Final-Sample-Carers-Statement
  3. Carers Australia: Sample Carer Statement from Claire
  4. Carers Australia: Sample Carer Statement from John

Carers Checklist

Carers Australia has created a Carer Checklist which is useful in helping you prepare for an NDIS planning meeting and can be provided to the planner. This checklist is for people who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability who is a participant in the NDIS or who is eligible to be a participant. nIt can help you think about the type of care and support you currently provide for the person you care for and may help you consider all aspects of the person with disability’s needs. Carer Checklist

Sources

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