Down Syndrome Care & Support
Maple Community Services prioritises getting to know you in order to identify and achieve your goals. We help you set a course for greater independence with reliable support. There is no better NDIS provider than Maple Community Services in supporting patients with Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome can be a debilitating illness and limit one’s abilities to participate in everyday activities. If you or your loved one are affected by Down Syndrome, our Support Workers are highly skilled and trained to provide the assistance needed to live your life to the fullest.
Our extensive experience, capacity for 24/7 support, and community spirit sets us apart when it comes to Down Syndrome support services. Our strong family values and friendly staff give you and your loved ones peace of mind and exceptional support to pursue a happy, fulfilling, and independent life.
Introduction to Down Syndrome
Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, occurs when a baby is born with an extra Chromosome 21 or an extra part of Chromosome 21. This is usually caused by an error in cell division during gestation and alters the course of development, resulting in the characteristics commonly associated with Down Syndrome. People with Down Syndrome may have differing levels of disability depending on the extent of the genetic mutation.
This additional chromosome can cause differing levels of intellectual disability, as well as a number of physical and developmental malformations, and a predisposition for other chronic illnesses. The common physical traits of Down Syndrome include low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the centre of the palm. Each individual with Down Syndrome is unique and may possess any one of these characteristics to a certain degree or not at all.
Down Syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal conditions in Australia with up to 15,000 people living with the condition. The good news is that people with Down Syndrome are living longer and healthier lives than they were able to in the past due to continued in depth research and support systems available to them. Living with Down Syndrome can be a challenge, but many people born with the disease go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives.
What Does Our Down Syndrome Support Involve?
We have four major categories of Down Syndrome support services. Each type of Down Syndrome support contributes to you or your loved one’s overall well-being and expands personal options to live a life that is most fulfilling.
Types of Down Syndrome Support Services
Down Syndrome support services can begin early and continue through your or your loved one’s life, meeting your needs in a variety of ways. At Maple, our Down Syndrome Specialists can arrange services to help you every step of the way.
What Can NDIS Fund for Down Syndrome?
The NDIS funds several critical services for people with Down Syndrome. These include speech and occupational therapy, physiotherapy, personal care support, community access support, nutritional support, skill development, transport, household tasks, and behavioural support.
NDIS funding can also provide sensory toys, holiday camps, or pay for a Support Worker to assist you or your loved one at home. Plan Management and Support Coordination Funding are almost always offered to NDIS Participants when they receive their plan. The types and amounts of funding available are determined in part by the level of severity.
For children younger than seven years of age, NDIS provides funding for early interventions, takes a family-centred approach, and helps families connect with Down Syndrome Services Providers. At Maple, we can assist you or your loved one with the NDIS application to receive your or your loved one’s needed financial support.
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