SIL NDIS – Supported Independent Living
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SIL NDIS – Supported Independent Living

If you need help with the things you do every day, Supported Independent Living (SIL) could be a great fit for you. Funded by the NDIS (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) SIL services includes things like:

  • having someone help you get dressed and shower in the morning;
  • getting support with cooking, preparing meals;
  • shopping for groceries and other necessities;
  • managing your medication;
  • helping you with the housework;
  • transport to and from appointments and social outings.

The aim of Supported Independent Living is to help you live as independently as possible by building your skills – and even help you learn new ones.

Finding the right SIL provider

Not all SIL providers in Australia are the same. It’s important to do some research and find a team that you’re happy with, so you can receive support that’s truly right for you. Here are some of the things to look out for when choosing SIL providers.

Good listeners – a good SIL provider should take the time to listen to you, understand what you need, respect your decisions, and understand what your goals are.

A great reputation – check to see if the provider provides a high standard of support. Read reviews, talk to people who have received their services and ask questions about their quality of care.

Flexible support – SIL services should be based on your individual needs. Make sure your provider offers support based around your unique situation, rather than taking a cookie cutter approach.

Local providers – while not essential, it can be helpful to receive support with a local provider, as they can better equip you to great services in your area.

Good communicators – support is a partnership, so make sure your SIL provider has open lines of communication for you to give feedback on their services.

Dedication to great service – look for someone who is committed to treating you as an individual and doing their best for you

Home Caring provides SIL services to NDIS participants. Our teams provide individualised support that meets you where you’re at, and helps you reach your goals. We listen to you, understand who you are and work with you – so you can achieve your goals and live the lifestyle you want.

To find out more or to see our current SIL vacancies, please get in touch by calling 1300 875 377 for a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to the NDIS, you may have some questions about how SIL works. Here are some answers to common questions people have.

Who is Supported Independent Living suited to?

How much does NDIS SIL cost?

What does Supported Independent Living NDIS include?

What is the difference between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)? 

How do you get Supported Independent Living included in your NDIS plan?

What levels of NDIS Supported Independent Living are there?

Who can help me manage my Supported Independent Living funding and services?

Who is Supported Independent Living suited to?

SIL is for people with disability who have higher support needs and need some level of help at home all the time, including overnight support. If you are an NDIS participant, you can receive SIL support if you are living alone, or in a shared living environment with a group of people – though keep in mind that there might be other forms of support that suit you better.

How much does NDIS SIL cost?

SIL is funded by your NDIS plan, once you are determined as eligible to receive this type of support. To qualify, SIL needs to be determined as necessary and reasonable for daily life.

Once you are eligible for SIL funding, additional provider costs are built into the hourly rate a provider charges you for SIL services. This includes their costs for management and staff training. The NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits outlines the maximum hourly price limits that you or your provider can claim for Supported Independent Living.

What does Supported Independent Living NDIS include?

SIL covers a wide range of daily living tasks, and is designed to support you with daily living. This could be:

  • Personal care – getting dressed, having a shower, toileting, looking after yourself
  • Assistance with household tasks – help with doing the laundry, cleaning, cooking meals, keeping your house safe and tidy, grocery shopping
  • Skills building – earning how to cook healthy meals, keeping your home tidy, looking after life admin, developing a daily routine
  • Behaviour assistance – help with implementing any behaviour support plans that are already in place
  • Community activities – support with developing social skills so you can be part of a network and engage with the community
  • Supervision when it comes to personal safety and security, including overnight or 24/7 support
  • Help with managing your medication, booking and attending medical appointments and getting to therapy sessions
  • Help travelling around the community – e.g. social outings, getting to appointments, visiting friends and family, doing the shopping

It’s worth noting that SIL doesn’t include things like:

  • Buying groceries
  • the cost of rent, board or lodging
  • utilities such as electricity, phone, water, gas or internet
  • costs with owning and running a vehicle
  • supports such as household budgeting or bill paying activities
  • expenses related to holidays, such as travel costs
  • supports that are more appropriately funded or provided by another service system (e.g. paid personal supports when you are admitted to hospital)
  • day-to-day living expenses
  • health-related supports such as nursing, medical, palliative care

Have questions about how SIL could work for you? Exploring your options? We’re happy to help. Please give us a call on 1300 875 377 for a free consultation.

What is the difference between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)? 

As you start out on your NDIS participant journey, you may have heard terms like Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and wonder what they mean. While both are related to disability accommodation, they are different types of services.

Specialist Disability Accommodation is housing for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support. It can include shared supported accommodation, community residential units, or self-contained homes that are fitted with specialist housing solutions.

Supported Independent Living refers to the on-site support services you receive to help you live independently. If you require both SDA and SIL because of your disability, the NDIS will fund them separately. This is to give you more choice and control, as you can choose to live in an accommodation that you like, and access another SIL provider that suits your needs.

How do you get Supported Independent Living included in your NDIS plan?

Getting SIL included in your NDIS plan starts by talking to your NDIS planner. They will help you determine which home and living supports will match your needs, and whether you meet the eligibility criteria. As part of the application process, you may have to tell the NDIA about:

  • your current situation
  • what goals you are working towards
  • where you live
  • what supports you are currently receiving, and what you might need in the future
  • what home and living supports you have accessed previously
  • your independent living skills, and how you could build on them
  • your everyday support needs
  • assessments or reports from registered allied health professionals or a behavioural support practitioner that describe your functional capacity (you may be asked to get an assessment if you haven’t done one already)
  • other information about your support needs

Once you are eligible for SIL funding, you will get a copy of your plan. This outlines how much funding you have, and the hours/ratios of support you can access. Then it’s time to choose which provider you would like to provide you with SIL support. You can talk to your support coordinator for help, or your friends and family.

After you have chosen your SIL service provider, you will make a service agreement for your supports. This is an agreement between both of you that sets out what supports you have agreed to, and how they will be provided. It should also include how your SIL provider will deliver your support.

When you make a service agreement, it is also a good time to discuss the price of your SIL supports, your provider’s responsibilities, how long the agreement goes for, how it can be changed, how you and your provider will resolve disputes, and the amount and intensity of your supports.

What levels of NDIS Supported Independent Living are there?

Not everyone has the same needs, or requires the same level of support Supported Independent Living funding is split into three levels, depending on how much support you require, your individual circumstances, and the number of people living together. The 3 levels available are:

  • Lower need – this is support that is not provided 24/7
  • Standard need – this is 24/7 support, including active assistance and/or supervision of everyday tasks
  • Complex need – highly level of assistance to individuals, such as managing behaviours, continual active assistance with all daily tasks, complex medical needs, 24/7 and overnight care.

Who can help me manage my Supported Independent Living funding and services?

To help you manage your SIL services, the NDIS will also provide funding for a Support Coordinator. This is someone who can help you understand, process and implement the funded supports in your plan – including linking you to community, mainstream and other government services – so you are in control over the way you are supported.

You have choice over who is your Support Coordinator, so it’s worth taking the time to choose someone who you trust.

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