If you are a person with a disability who wants to move out of your family home or be independent in your home, supported independent living or SIL can help you. SIL is designed to provide people with disabilities a place they can call home through SIL housing while receiving all the support they need to live independently.
Supported independent living is NDIS support’s package made to help a person with a disability live independently in a shared accommodation arrangement. It will provide you with all the assistance you need to become independent, such as assistance in everyday tasks or personal care.
Benefits of supported independent living
SIL has a lot of benefits. Some of them are:
- Learning new skills
- Share supports with others
- Share other expenses, like utility bills and rent
- Live without relying on your family
How does SIL help you to become independent?
Supported independent living provides support workers that can help you with the daily chores. This includes household tasks, such as bathing, cooking, or cleaning around the house. The support workers can also teach you skills, allowing you to do more things on your own.
What do SIL covers?
SIL covers the important things that you need to help you live comfortably, such as:
- Meal preparation
- Household tasks assistance, which includes grocery shopping and cleaning
- Household management
- Getting around
- Managing challenging behaviours
- 24/7 care
- Medication management
However, SIL funding doesn’t cover some expenses, like electricity, internet, phone, household supplies, rent, food, and everyday expenses, such as toiletries and taxi fares.
It lets you choose where to live
The SIL funding in an NDIS Plan depends on the support level to live independently in the housing option that you choose. You can receive the funds and live in:
- Your home or a house that your family has bought for you to accommodate
- A rental property
- SDA or Specialist Disability Accommodation
- Accommodation managed by a provider
- Community or government housing
SIL housing could be a shared living environment between two and seven NDIS participants sharing with costs.
NDIS and the supported independent living
Supported independent living is a budget category in the NDIS Core support referred to as Assistance with Daily Living. It is stated that the funds are intended for a particular purpose and can’t be used for other purposes.
The funding that can get approved for the SIL arrangement depends on some factors, such as:
- The day and time on which you will receive the support
- The number of people that are sharing in the accommodation arrangement
You have to remember that once your SIL package has been approved, you will not be able to use another NDIS budget to pay for the things covered by SIL. With that in mind, you must include all the supports that you need on your SIL application.
SIL funding levels
SIL funding is available in three levels:
- Lower needs: This is the typical support for living arrangements that don’t require 24/7 care.
- Standard needs: This support level is more active and needs 24-hour assistance. It assists and supervises more tasks, as well as overnight care by a support worker.
- Higher needs: This support level needs a complex, continual active assistance. It also includes managing recurring challenging behaviours.
These are some of the most essential things that you need to know about supported independent living. This should help you choose the best options if you decide to apply for SIL.