SIL Geelong

SIL Geelong

Supported Independent Living Geelong

Home Caring helps people with disability in Geelong live independently in the community. This could mean getting assistance with personal care tasks, learning how to cook your own meals, or being supported in an inclusive and caring household. Under the NDIS, this type of support is called Supported Independent Living.

Our local team of disability experts provide Supported Independent Living in Geelong for NDIS participants. With plenty of hands-on experience behind us, we’ll help you thrive in everyday life – with both the big and little things.

Our SIL NDIS Geelong services can assist you with:

  • Personal care tasks, such as showering and grooming
  • 24/7 support for high care needs
  • Transferring in and out of bed
  • Medication management
  • Learning independent living skills
  • Household chores, such as laundry and cleaning
  • Grocery shopping at your local shopping centre
  • Learning social skills and socialising with others
  • Taking part in group activities
  • Preparing and cooking nutritious meals
  • Actioning behaviour support plans
  • Attending medical appointments
  • Supervision, personal safety and security
  • Care for complex medical needs
  • Catching public transport
  • Managing your household budget and finances
  • Planning social activities you enjoy
  • Being part of household rosters and activities

Home Caring is a registered NDIS provider. We can help you make the most of your SIL funding, so you get the support you need to reach your maximum potential.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of NDIS support that helps you live independently in your own home, whether you’re living in shared accommodation, with your family, or in your own property. It funds the cost of a support worker helping you with things like personal care, cooking meals, housework, or shopping. SIL supports also include learning basic skills for life, so you can learn to do things on your own and live as independently as possible.

SIL is funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), an Australia-wide program that helps participants with disability get the support they need to connect with their local community and be independent in life. SIL falls under the Core Supports category of the NDIS as an Assistance with Daily Life support.

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Supported Independent Living NDIS in Geelong

Home Caring provides NDIS Supported Independent Living in Geelong suburbs, so people with disability in the community can enjoy quality of life, with all the support they need.

All of our SIL homes are located in thriving communities, close to amenities such as public transport, shopping centres, medical facilities, recreation spaces, and employment opportunities. You’ll enjoy being part of a friendly and inclusive household, while receiving personalised support from an experienced and consistent team of professional disability workers.

Home Caring also offers SIL services in your own home for NDIS participants living in the Geelong area. If living at home is the best option for your needs, our support workers will visit you and support you with everyday tasks, so you can be as independent as possible.

Our Approach to SIL

Home Caring is proud to provide a highly regarded service that enables people in all circumstances to live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Our service approach is:

  • Enabling – we’ll help you reach your personal goals and provide you with plenty of encouragement along the way.
  • Friendly – we truly care for the people we partner with, and enjoy building a trusting relationship that provides the best environment for support.
  • Full of integrity – we deliver support to the highest standards, exceed quality measurements, and pay attention to the smallest details.
  • Client-led – there is no one size fits all. We tailor our services to fit your unique needs, recognising that no two clients are the same.
  • Collaborative – we take a multidisciplinary approach to support, consult with you and (if appropriate) people in your support network, and work with others to deliver the best outcomes for you
  • Respectful – you should be in the driver’s seat of your support plan. We help you make informed decisions and always value your choices.
  • Multicultural – our teams cater for a range of cultures and backgrounds. We provide culturally sensitive care that values you as a person.

For Supported Independent Living NDIS in Geelong, Home Caring is here to help. We offer disability homes in Geelong for those who’d like to live in a supportive community in their local area. To learn more, please get in touch with our friendly team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between SIL and SDA?
Is Supported Independent Living the same as a group home?
How do I apply for SIL in Geelong?
What if I am unable to include Supported Independent Living in my NDIS plan?
Under the NDIS, what does SIL include? What doesn’t it include?
What are the different levels of SIL funding?
What is a Roster of Care?
Can I choose my housemates in a group home?

What is the difference between SIL and SDA?

If you are new to accessing NDIS services, it can be easy to get terms like Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) mixed up. Both are different types of housing services to support people with disability, but the way they do this is slightly different.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) funds the support services you access in your home, to help you live as independently as possible. It includes things like help with personal care, assistance with cooking meals, learning life skills, help with budgeting, or taking part in group activities. A NDIS participant can receive SIL supports while living in a group home, community residential units, at home with their family, or in their own home. SIL is usually accessed by people who have high support needs, and need a significant amount of support on a regular basis to be independent.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), on the other hand, refers to the home that you live in. According to the NDIS, it is specialist housing for participants who have extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. It could include shared supported accommodation, community residential units, or self-contained homes that are fitted with specialist housing solutions (e.g. ramps, ceiling hoists, robust construction, special lighting and extra wide doorways for wheelchairs) so people with disability can live independently in the community.

If you are eligible for SDA and SIL because of your disability, the NDIS will fund them separately. This gives you more choice and control over your support plan, as you can choose to live in an SDA home from one provider that you like, and hire another SIL provider that best meets your needs. You can also access SIL and SDA from the same provider, if that is your preference.

Home Caring has a wide range of Specialist Disability Accommodation and Supported Independent Living options NDIS in Geelong. To chat to someone about your situation or find out about current vacancies, please get in touch with our disability experts. We’re happy to help.

Is Supported Independent Living the same as a group home?

Supported Independent Living is designed to assist people who need regular support while living in shared accommodation, otherwise known as a group home. You can still access SIL if you are living alone in your own home or in a private rental. To qualify for support, you must be able to demonstrate to the NDIA that you have significant support needs, and SIL is a ‘reasonable and necessary’ support in order for you to live an independent life in the community.

While living alone may suit some people, there are also benefits to living in a group home, such as enjoying a sense of independence, being part of a close community, socialising with others and making new friends, better mental health, taking part in group activities, learning how to be part of a household, taking on responsibilities, and having both communal and private spaces in your home.

If you would like to live with other NDIS participants in your area, Home Caring can help you find a group home in Geelong that’s just right for you. We know how important it is to live with people you get along with, so we carefully match housemates with each other, ensuring a good mix of personalities. Our disability care experts and support workers are always on hand to offer support and help nurture skills for life. We focus on creating a warm and vibrant community where everyone is valued and cared for.

As well as group homes in Geelong, Home Caring also provides group homes in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Canberra and South Australia. All of our properties are in prime locations, close to all amenities for your convenience and enjoyment.

For more information or to find out if we provide disability services in your local area, please get in touch with our disability care experts for a free consultation.

How do I apply for SIL in Geelong?

SIL is funded under the Core Supports category of your NDIS plan, as Assistance with Daily Life support. To apply, you need to demonstrate that SIL is a ‘reasonable and necessary’ support for you to reach your NDIS goals. During your planning meeting, these are some of the things that may be considered:

  • Your individual circumstances, goals and preferences
  • Your living skills and capacity-building needs
  • If Supported Independent Living would increase your independence and safety
  • Information and reports provided by your health professionals and other providers
  • If you need significant person-to-person supports due to your disability
  • If there are other home and living options that would suit you better
  • What is value for money when it comes to your funding.

To have your eligibility for SIL funding considered, you will need to get a functional assessment report (prepared by a healthcare professional such as an occupational therapist) that outlines the impact of your disability, why you are unable to access other types of housing, and what housing supports are required to help you achieve your goals.

Applying to have Supported Independent Living included in your NDIS plan can be a time-consuming and complicated process, so it’s best to chat to your Support Coordinator for assistance. They can assist you with preparing necessary reports for your application, help you explore housing solutions, ensure you give the right evidence to apply for SIL funding, and help you find a provider that best meets your needs. If you don’t have a Support Coordinator, speak to your Local Area Coordinator or Planner for assistance.

If you have SIL included in your NDIS plan, you can access Home Caring’s Supported Independent Living programs in Geelong. Home Caring provides person-centred supports that help you achieve your goals and live independently in the community. To find out about Home Caring’s SIL services in your area, please get in touch. Our friendly team would love to help.

What if I am unable to include Supported Independent Living in my NDIS plan?

Keep in mind that not everyone is suitable for Supported Independent Living. If you are not eligible for SIL, there may be other home and living supports that better meet your needs, such as personal care supports funded through Assistance with Daily Living, or modifying your home with assistive technology. Your Local Area Coordinator, Planner or Support Coordinator can help you explore what supports are available to you, and talk to you about your options.

Under the NDIS, what does SIL include? What doesn’t this type of funding include?

If you are eligible for Supported Independent Living, your funding will cover your daily support expenses. You’ll be able to fund having a support worker help you with:

  • Personal care tasks, such as showering and grooming
  • 24/7 support for high care needs
  • Transferring in and out of bed
  • Medication management
  • Learning daily life skills
  • Household chores, such as laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Learning social skills
  • Taking part in group activities
  • Preparing and cooking nutritious and delicious meals
  • Actioning behaviour support plans
  • Attending medical appointments
  • Supervision, personal safety and security
  • Catching public transport
  • Managing your household budget and finances
  • Planning social activities you enjoy
  • Being part of household rosters and activities

Supported Independent Living funding doesn’t cover:

  • Rent or mortgage repayments
  • Holiday and travelling expenses
  • Utilities such as electricity, internet, gas or phone bills
  • The cost of food and other necessities
  • Repairs to your home
  • day to day living expenses
  • vehicle expenses such as car registration or insurance
  • items covered under other NDIS supports, such as mobility equipment or independent living aids, allied health therapy, transport costs, day programs, or assistive technology.

What are the different levels of SIL funding?

Under the NDIS, there are three levels of SIL funding that you can receive, based on your level of need:

Lower needs – this level of support provides a NDIS participant with regular supervision where they live. It can include occasional to intermittent prompting for household tasks or self-care activities.

Standard needs – this provides a NDIS participant with 24/7 support so they can live in the community. This could include active assistance, supervision of daily tasks, sleeping over, and actioning behaviour support plans.

Higher needs – this provides a NDIS participant with 24/7 continual assistance with all of their daily tasks. It can include active overnight support, frequent active assistance with daily tasks, managing behaviours of concern, intensive positive behaviour support, and management of complex conditions, such as ventilation.

When you apply for SIL, the NDIS will determine what level of support you require, in order to work out how much funding is delivered into your plan.

What is a Roster of Care?

A Roster of Care is a spreadsheet that shows how you and your housemates will share support during the week, by dividing 24 hours into 30-minute units. It includes a ‘support ratio’, which outlines the number of support workers to participants in your household.

A Roster of Care is used to identify the type and level of supports you need throughout the week, and how much NDIS funding you should receive for your SIL supports. You provider fills out this document so that the NDIA can refer to the Roster of Care and see how it changes each year.

Can I choose my housemates in a group home?

At Home Caring, we understand how important it is to get along with your housemates. That’s why we have a very careful process to match people in our SIL homes, so that everyone has a positive experience while living there.

At each of our SIL homes in Geelong, we ensure you live with people who are a suitable match in terms of needs and personality, and provide opportunities for you to get to know your housemates before moving in. We also match you with a support worker you can get along with, and who is best suited to your needs. All of our clients have control over their living situation. If things don’t work out, we work with you to address any problems or find an option that you prefer.

To chat to someone about your SIL needs, please get in touch for a chat with our friendly team.

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