SIL Newcastle

SIL Newcastle

Supported Independent Living Newcastle

Everyone deserves to feel supported, valued and dignified in their own home, and to live independently in the community.

Home Caring helps people live as independently as possible, with supports that enable them to do everyday things. Under the NDIS, this is called Supported Independent Living. It is available for participants who need support to live in their own home, and engage with their local community.

Our local team of support workers, disability experts and health care professionals provide Supported Independent Living in Newcastle for NDIS participants. With years of experience behind us, we provide empowering and positive support that helps you with daily life.

Our SIL NDIS Newcastle services include:

  • Help with personal care tasks, such as showering and getting dressed
  • 24/7 support for high care needs
  • Assistance with transferring in and out of bed
  • Medication management
  • Building daily living skills with training
  • Assistance with household tasks, such as laundry or grocery shopping
  • Learning social skills
  • Group activities with housemates
  • Preparing and cooking nutritious and delicious meals
  • Actioning behaviour support plans
  • Support for medical appointments
  • Support with supervision, personal safety and security
  • Help catching public transport in your community
  • Help to manage your household budget and finances
  • Planning social activities you enjoy
  • Organising household rosters and activities

All of our support workers have specialist training, and are best placed to offer NDIS SIL in Newcastle. We are passionate about empowering people to increase their capacity, build confidence, and enjoy independent living.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Under the NDIS, Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of NDIS support that helps you live independently in the community, whether you live in a group home with housemates, in your own property, or with your family. It includes funding for supports such as getting help with your morning routine, learning how to do the shopping, cooking meals, learning valuable skills and 24/7 support for people with high care needs.

SIL supports are intended for NDIS participants who have higher support needs due to their disability, and require a significant amount of help throughout the week. It is funded under the Core Supports category of your NDIS plan. You can access Supported Independent Living if you live with other NDIS participants in shared accommodation, or if you have your own living arrangements.

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

Supported Independent Living NDIS in Newcastle

Home Caring provides NDIS Supported Independent Living in Newcastle suburbs, so everyone has the opportunity to live in their local community, enjoying life to the full.

We offer SIL disability group homes in Newcastle across many different suburbs. Along with receiving full support according to your NDIS plan, you’ll be part of a friendly and inclusive household where you can enjoy shared living, make friends, learn important skills, and create a routine that works for you.

All of our SIL homes are well-located in sought-after suburbs, close to public transport, all amenities, education and employment opportunities, medical centres, and recreation spaces. We work hard to ensure a good mix of personalities in each home, so you feel comfortable with the people you are living with.

We also offer SIL services in your own home, if that is the best housing option for your needs. Our qualified support workers will visit you and support you with everyday tasks, so you can live as independently as possible.

SIL Newcastle

Our Approach to SIL

We pride ourselves on providing a high quality service that enables our clients to live a healthy, happy and fulfilling life, with the right support team behind them.

Our service approach is:

  • Individual – we provide person-centred support that treats each person as unique. We don’t believe that one size fits all when it comes to disability care, but tailor our support services to meet each of our clients’ individual needs.
  • Professional – we are committed to high quality care that makes a genuine difference to people’s lives. As a NDIS registered business, our standards meet all quality measurements, so you can have peace of mind you are receiving the best support.
  • Dedicated – we support people with heart, and are genuinely committed to their good. We pay attention to the little things, work towards great outcomes for our clients, and strive to deliver quality support our clients can trust.
  • Local – our team of local support workers and health care professionals deliver flexible care that meets your needs. We understand the local suburbs where we work, and are best placed to deliver effective, collaborative support.
  • Empowering – we believe that having a positive mindset helps you go a long way! Our team will be your cheerleader for life, supporting you and cheering you on as you work towards achieving your personal goals.
  • Holistic – we’ll partner with you and your wide support network to deliver great outcomes. We take a multidisciplinary approach to support and consult with others, so you receive holistic support for your needs.
  • Respectful – you should be in the driver’s seat of your support plan. We help you make informed decisions, value your choices, enable you to have real control over your day, and always treat you with the respect you deserve.
  • Multicultural – our multicultural and bilingual teams cater for a range of cultures and backgrounds. We provide culturally sensitive care that values you as a person.

Home Caring provides Supported Independent Living NDIS in Newcastle, across a wide of suburbs. We also offer disability homes in Newcastle for those who’d like to live in a supportive community. To find out more about receiving Supported Independent Living services in your area and our accommodation options, please get in touch with our experienced team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who provides SIL in Newcastle?
Is Supported Independent Living the same as a group home?
How much does Supported Independent Living cost?
How do I apply for SIL funding?
What does Supported Independent Living funding include?
Can I choose my housemates in shared accommodation?
How do I choose from SIL providers in Newcastle?

Who provides SIL in Newcastle?

In Australia, Supported Independent Living supports is offered by providers who are registered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This means that the SIL provider meets the NDIS Practice Standards, and is fully recognised by the NDIA as delivering services to a certain quality standard.

As a NDIS registered provider of SIL in Newcastle, Home Caring helps people enjoy happy, healthy lives in the community. Our Supported Independent Living services cover a range of supports, from help with getting ready in the morning to showering, 24/7 support, household activities, learning new skills, cooking nutritious meals, and medication management. Our dedicated team of professional support workers and nurses cover all suburbs all across Newcastle, delivering exceptional support that empowers you to live life the way you want.

Is Supported Independent Living the same as a group home?

Many people access Supported Independent Living while living with other NDIS participants in shared accommodation, otherwise known as a group home. Housemates receive personalised support according to a Roster of Care. This is a schedule that outlines how supports will be shared across each housemate, breaking up the number of hours and support workers each person will have each day in 30-minute blocks.

You can still access Supported Independent Living 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 that SIL is a ‘reasonable and necessary’ housing 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 being part of a household, being able to move out of home, socialising with others, taking on more responsibilities, enjoying group activities and having both privacy and shared spaces.

If you want to try living with housemates, Home Caring can help you find a SIL group home in Newcastle that’s perfect for your needs. 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 caring environment where everyone is valued and cared for.

As well as group homes in Newcastle, 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 comfort and enjoyment.

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

How much does Supported Independent Living cost?

Supported Independent Living is paid personal support that is funded by the National Disability
Insurance Agency (NDIA), making it accessible for people living with disability. The amount of funding you can receive depends on the level of care you need (e.g. whether you require a standard of support, intermediate level, or more complex support for complex conditions). Your funding goes towards daily support expenses that are delivered by your SIL service provider, covering things like personal care, help preparing meals, medication management, bed transfers, learning new skills and supervision with daily tasks.

How do I apply for SIL funding?

SIL is funded under the Core Supports category of your NDIS plan. One of the first steps is to get a functional assessment report (usually from an occupational therapist) that shows the impact of your disability, why you are unable to access other types of housing, and what supports are required to help you live independently. You also need to have a goal in your NDIS plan that relates to housing, to show that SIL is ‘reasonable and necessary’ to help you achieve your goal.

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 or Local Area Coordinator for assistance. They can help you get your reports ready, and ensure you give appropriate evidence to apply for SIL funding.

What does Supported Independent Living funding include?

Under the NDIS, Supported Independent Living funds things like:

  • Personal care
  • Helping building skills, such as doing your laundry
  • Group activities with housemates
  • Learning how to catch public transport
  • 24/7 supervision
  • Help preparing nutritious meals
  • Implementing behaviour support plans
  • Clinical care
  • Medication management
  • Being part of a household roster

Supported Independent Living doesn’t include funding for:

  • Rent or mortgage repayments
  • Utility bills, such as electricity and water
  • Day to day living expenses such as food and discretionary items
  • Recreation activities and hobbies
  • The cost of having a vehicle
  • Going on holidays and trips
  • Items covered by other NDIS supports, such as mobility equipment, Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and independent living aids.

To chat to someone about how much Supported Independent Living NDIS in Newcastle costs with Home Caring, please get in touch for a chat with our friendly team.

Can I choose my housemates in shared accommodation?

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

At each of our SIL homes in Newcastle, 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 people socially before becoming a resident. 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.

How do I choose from SIL providers in Newcastle?

When researching Supported Independent Living providers in Newcastle, it can be hard to pick the one that is right for you, especially when there are so many options out there. Here are some factors to consider when making your decision.

  • Do they have a good reputation? Any SIL provider you choose should ideally be registered with the NDIS, so you can be sure they are fully recognised as meeting the NDIS Practice Standards and delivering services to a certain quality standard. If you are unsure, talk to your support coordinator, planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC). They can help you find SIL providers in your local area that have a good reputation.
  • Do they have a person-centred approach? A good SIL provider puts you at the centre of your support. They should ask you what you want, listen to your opinion, and enable you to make choices about your care. This means they are able to provide an individualised service that best meets your needs.
  • Do they have experience with your disability? Check they have the resources and knowledge to provide the support that you need. Your team should ideally have experience with providing support to people with your type of disability, so you are confident they are able to deliver the services you need.
  • Can they provide for your support needs? Chat to your support coordinator and make sure you are clear on what support you need. This means that you’ll be able to know what SIL services work for you, and which providers are able to help you reach your goals.
  • Does the SIL provider meet the requirements in your assessment? This may include ensuring that the support worker to housemate ratio matches the level of support you need, and being able to meet the requirements in your occupational therapist’s assessment. Your support coordinator will work with you to help you find the right SIL provider for your needs.
  • Are they in a good location? If you are looking for Supported Independent Living programs in Newcastle, check that the location of the home is near your family, friends and support network. If you are receiving SIL in your own home, make sure the team are able to provide you with flexible support (a local provider can be beneficial, as they know your area well).
  • Do they have vacancies? Make sure you ask if the provider has vacancies, if there is a long waiting list, and whether they have the capacity to provide you with the support you need.
  • Visit and get a feel for the home. Wherever you live, you should feel comfortable and safe. Make sure you tour the home where you will be supported, so you can get a feel for the place. Meet your housemates to see if you can get along, and find out more about the team who will be supporting you.

Home Caring provides SIL Supported Independent Living in Newcastle. Our personalised approach to support ensures you have everything you need to be independent, while gaining new skills for life. We have a range of SIL options across Newcastle and other areas in Australia, offering plenty of choice to suit every need and circumstance. For more information, please get in touch for a chat with our friendly team.

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