Do you like living on your own but need little extra help to fulfil your daily needs? If that’s the case, Supported Independent Living (SIL) might be right for you.
Alternatively, if one of your goals is to move out of your parents’ house and gain more independence while living with roommates or on your own, SIL supports can assist you.
There is a lot to learn about SIL and getting funding for it can be difficult. Read ahead to answer your frequently asked SIL question and help you decide if SIL is suitable for you.
What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?
SIL is a type of support that assists you with daily duties to help you live independently while building your skills to become more independent. It is a package of paid services that includes help with regular domestic or personal duties like cleaning, cooking, showering, and shopping.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) recommends SIL to individuals who are aged 18 and over, and have high support needs that require a great deal of assistance during the day.
SIL is usually offered in a shared living situation where each person residing in the housing receives help tailored to their specific needs. The majority of NDIS participants who receive SIL funding live with roommates who also access SIL.
You may be eligible for SIL support, if one of the following housing situations apply:
- you have Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) support
- you live in a rented home
- your housing is supported by the Department of Housing and other similar services
- you live in a home that you own
What kind of support does SIL provide?
There are three degrees of supported housing depending on your needs and the number of persons in the supported living setting.
Lower needs — living conditions are usually not supervised, and care is not provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Standard needs — round-the-clock assistance and/or supervision of most everyday duties and overnight sleepovers.
Higher needs — regular assistance with challenging behaviours, ongoing assistance with all daily duties, management of complicated medical needs such as ventilators, and active support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including overnight support.
How do I include SIL funding in my NDIS plan?
In the NDIS Core support budget, SIL is referred to as Assistance with Daily Living (ADL).
It is self-funded, and everyone in a household can enjoy the benefits.
The NDIA will assess the following during your NDIS planning meeting:
- Your goals
- Your age
- If there are any other supports or changes that would be more beneficial to you
- How self-sufficient you are already
- If you require assistance with tasks for the most of the day
It can take a long time to receive approval for SIL funding in your NDIS plan so it’s important to get advice on how to access SIL early and if it’s the right fit for you.
How can I find a SIL home?
Finding the appropriate place to relocate to can take time. When looking for accommodation where you will receive SIL support, there are some important things to consider including the ratio of support workers to housemates. The ratio of support workers to housemates must correspond to the degree of support specified in your assessment. This ratio can range from 1:1 to 1:7. Most of the time, everyone in the home will have similar ratios.
Also, the house you’re looking at must meet the criteria laid out in your occupational therapist’s report. Your support coordinator can assist you and your family in locating local SIL providers.
Is SIL the right fit for me?
While you may require daily assistance, such as help getting out of bed and getting ready in the morning, you may not require high-level support and 24-hour assistance. Other NDIS-funded supports are available in this circumstance. Personal care supports, for example, may be funded through Assistance with Daily Living (ADL) funding, or assistive technology may be more appropriate for you to use at home.
You can find a list of various home and living supports on the NDIS website.
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