For self-managed NDIS plans, the NDIS Assistive Technology Team classify the thermostatic shower as a Category 3 Item, therefore requiring OT’s to initially apply to the National Disability Insurance Agency first, then upon approval the AT would be accessed via the NDIS plan. Agency managed plans would need to ensure that their organisation has the relevant Registration Grounds to provide AT, these include Registration Group: Home Modifications Line Items-Home Modifications- Bathroom Mod-Minimal Structural Work and Assist Prod-Pers Care/Safety-Personal Care and Safety Equipment-Other
Clarification on assistance technology support under $5,000; https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4118-clarification-assistance-technology-support-under-5000
The NDIS has released a Guidance for Builders and Designers document, designed to provide clarity for builders, designers, assessors and any other associated stakeholders involved in the planning, decision making and delivery of Complex Home Modifications for NDIS participants.
The document provides guidance around:
• The criteria the NDIS considers to be ‘reasonable and necessary’ for complex home modifications in a participant plan.
• The typical scope of works for NDIS complex home modifications.
• Elements that may exceed the reasonable and necessary criteria for NDIS funding
How do I obtain a quotation to submit for approval for my self-managed plan?
Any of our Suppliers will be able to provide you with a Product Retail Price quotation for this Assistive Technology. If you do encounter any difficulties, then please call Sarah on 0439 992 011 and she will do her utmost to help you.
There is also an option we recommend of asking your Licenced Plumber that you have chosen to do the works to provide you with a Supply and Install quotation. They may need to make you aware that they will include pricing for a Pressure Reducing Valve to be fitted to your property if the water pressure is found to be too high on initial checking. Most properties do not require this; however, it should only be applied if required.
You may also find this great resource By Sam Paior from The Growing Space featured on the Source kids website regarding Assistive Technology helpful.
We are always happy to take calls to clarify any technical queries your licenced plumber may have if they are not yet familiar with point of use thermostatic showers. We also have a great resource for plumbers to provide all the information they may require. Go to plumbers page.
How do I as an OT assessor obtain a quotation to submit to NDIS for approval?
As the Therm-Oz thermostatic shower is currently classed as a Category 3 item (please see NDIS note above) then an assessment as per current NDIS guidelines will be required.
Complex home modification (CHM) assessments:
What can be done if I know my client/or relative would benefit from this system but has a flick mixer installed, not a two-tap system?
Single lever flick mixers can be replaced by using the New Build Packs which include a fixing bracket. These are the same Packs that are used if your bathroom is being reconfigured and new pipe work is being used. It involves more stages of work than replacing a two-tap system with the Therm-Oz thermostatic shower and therefore costs associated will be higher than a Reno but it can be done. We ourselves had ours replaced nice and easily. Check out the video.
This Therm Oz thermostatic shower has given me back my independence. My husband has always had to adjust the temp in my shower as I have MS and I do not feel the temp of the water properly. The temp is set at the desired temp for me. I turn the tap on and the water is automatically adjusted for me. I just have a perfect shower with no fluctuations in temp at all. I highly recommend this product
This is the best shower we have had since we left Europe. Thanks to talking to our local plumbing centre and the website we have this installed. My mum had one when she had a disabled person in the house. No cold shower or scalding when someone else takes water in the house. Consistently warm! Wish we’d known before we had our other bathroom installed 2 years ago. Great product!
Really happy with our new ThermOz showers. We have a son with special needs who is unable to regulate the temperature himself so having a thermostatically controlled shower is perfect! They look great too. Thanks ThermOz for a really useful product!
These are the best things ever!! I had one dementia client that had just installed this and OMG happy client happy carer!! I highly recommend this product! No mucking around with taps at all! Best for in home care and residential care for sure.
Our Assistive Living Partners
Click here to see our recommended NDIS Registered Assistive Living Partners by State that are familiar with the installation of The Therm-Oz thermostatic shower and can be contacted for further help and guidance through the process.
We would recommend contacting a NDIS registered Home Modifier for clarification of what is needed by them. As an example, for NDIS and SWEP applications, below is a list of the frequently requested information required by an NDIS approved Home Modification company to provide a quotation to install a Therm-Oz thermostatic shower.
- Existing Plan
- Proposed Plan
- Lots of Photos
- General Scope of Works
- Any Material Specifications
- Wall Elevations (for bathroom modifications)
They may need to make you aware that they will include pricing for a Pressure Reducing Valve to be fitted to a property if the water pressure is found to be too high on initial checking. Most properties do not require this; however, it should only be applied if required.
We are always happy to take calls to clarify any technical queries that an NDIS Registered Home modifier may have if they are not yet familiar with point of use thermostatic showers.