Understanding Supported Independent Living

Independent Living

Everyone deserves to live happy, fulfilled lives. However, for people living with disabilities, this can be challenging, as they may require additional assistance and support to do so. 

Fortunately, this need has been recognised and today there are a number of accommodation and living options available to provide support to those who need it most.  Supported Independent Living and Specialist Disability Accommodation are two options that are funded by the NDIS that help people with disabilities live as independently as possible. Here is what you can expect from this support.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a form of accommodation that provides assistance with day-to-day living activities, as well as support with things like budgeting, medication and socialisation. Other activities include:

  • personal care
  • cooking, laundry, gardening
  • Activities related to household management, such as grocery shopping
  • Developing and improving social skills

This allows people to live in their own home or community setting, with support available and assistance as they manage their daily tasks and develop core skills to live independently. 

You may use SIL funding for support when living in a place you privately rent or in a home you own. Similarly, Supported Independent Living can also be provided in a group or a shared home living situation where the costs are split between several individuals. This option provides less equipment, responsibility and control of your day-to-day life.

Levels of Support

When it comes to supported independent living, there are three levels of support, lower, standard and higher needs. 

Lower Needs: The lowest level of care, SIL allows for assistance with daily living activities, social skills improvement and household management.

Standard Needs: Provides 24/7 support for people who have more complex needs, including supervision of personal care and domestic assistance. If the participant displays any challenging behaviour, there is a positive behaviour support plant to effectively support the participant.

Higher Needs: This is for people who require 24/7 active and continual assistance with all daily tasks. This includes active overnight support and management of challenging behaviours. Additionally, this also includes active medical management such as ventilation or seizure activity.

SIL and the NDIS

While this support is incredibly beneficial, it is important to remember that SIL does not cover rent, modifications to the home, everyday living expenses or other activities covered by NDIS funding. Supported Independent Living fits under the funding category “Assistance in Daily Life”.

Support Coordinators are crucial in helping you receive the SIL you need. By helping you assess your goals they are able to connect you with the best providers for your needs.

Let Sapphire Support Help

Everyone has the right to feel independent and supported. At Sapphire Support, their compassionate Supported Independent Living team are here to help you live the best life possible! They take the time to understand you, your needs, goals and desires to tailor a living model to your unique needs and ensure a smooth transition into your new home.

If you want to live more independently, grow your skillset and achieve your goals, Supported Independent Living with Sapphire Support is the ideal option for you.

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