Supported Independent Living
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of NDIS support that helps you with daily life.
It includes things like having someone help you with personal care activities like showering and dressing, help with cooking meals, shopping for groceries, medication management and administration, keeping your home safe and tidy, or help getting to and from appointments. SIL providers can also help you build different skills, so you can live as independently as possible.
To find out about our current SIL vacancies, please get in touch by calling 1300 875 377.
Who is Supported Independent Living for?
SIL is best suited to NDIS participants with higher support needs – for example, if you need overnight support, 24/7 care, person-to-person work provided by a support worker, or a significant amount of help throughout the day.
SIL is available to people with a disability who are living alone, or with a group of people in a shared home. It can give you an opportunity to be independent, make friends and enjoy life while receiving the support you need.
Keep in mind that if you live alone, Supported Independent Living is only one of many support options available through the NDIS.
SIL NDIS with Home Caring
Home Caring provides high quality Supported Independent Living arrangements around Australia. We pride ourselves on catering for the individual needs of people with a range of disabilities, and crafting supportive and warm homes where people can enjoy a fulfilling and happy life.
We provide help and/or supervision of daily tasks to develop the skills of an individual, so they can live as independently as possible. These are supports provided to an NDIS participant in their home, and can be in a shared or individual living arrangement. Our services include:
- 24/7 support with an individualised approach
- Medication management and administration
- Help with personal care activities, provided with dignity, compassion and respect
- Help building daily living skills with tasks such as preparing meals, cooking and cleaning
- Assistance with behaviour support plans
- Help with household tasks
- Social skills development through activities
- Support with supervision, personal safety and security
- Support for medical appointments, including transportation
- Community access support (e.g. visiting families, attending hydrotherapy sessions)
Home Caring’s approach to SIL is entirely client-centered. We listen to you, understand who you are, and work with you, so you can achieve your goals and live the lifestyle you want. We create friendly and supportive environments to live in: places where everyone is respected, valued and has choice over their supports and how they live.
Our NDIS SIL specialist team
We understand how important it is to be supported by someone you trust. Our team listen, get to know you, and are passionate about providing attentive support that helps you reach your lifestyle goals. We are:
- Adaptable – we have an individualised approach to care that gives a client choice and control over their support
- Experienced – our trained and highly experienced support workers are dedicated to providing best practice support
- Empowering – we work with you to reach goals, build self-esteem, grow skills and promote independence
- Friendly and caring – we’ll get to know you and your individual circumstances, and develop a rapport with you, so you are supported by people who care
- Approachable – you are the expert when it comes to your support. We listen, understand your circumstances and take on feedback, so we can deliver the best service possible.
NDIS funding for Supported Independent Living can be a complex process, which can sometimes be confusing. It’s always a good idea to chat to someone about your needs and situation. Our friendly NDIS experts are more than happy to help. Please call 13000 875 377 for a free consultation, or to ask about our current vacancies.
If you’d like to find out more about Supported Independent Living and how NDIS funding works, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does NDIS Supported Independent Living cost?
If you are eligible, Supported Independent Living is funded by your NDIS plan. To receive this type of funding, it needs to be determined as reasonable and necessary for everyday living. Once you receive this funding, some additional provider costs are built into the hourly rate a provider charges you for providing 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 include?
Supported Independent Living with the NDIS can include:
- Help with personal care activities, such as showering, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Help with building skills for everyday life, such as preparing healthy meals, cooking, cleaning your home and developing an everyday routine
- Help with actioning any behaviour support plans you may have in place
- Help with developing social skills so you can engage with others
- Support with supervision, personal safety and security, including 24/7 support
- Support with taking medication and attending medical appointments
- Transport to and from community access activities, according to your preference (e.g. attending hydrotherapy sessions or visiting your friends and family away from home)
Supported Independent Living does not include everyday living costs such as:
- the cost of groceries
- the cost of rent, board or lodging
- utilities such as electricity, phone, water, gas or internet
- vehicle costs
It also does not include:
- 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
If you think you need another type of NDIS support, we’d love 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)?
Whether you are familiar with the NDIS or beginning your disability care journey, you may have come across the terms SIL and SDA and wondered how they relate to each other. SIL stands for Supported Independent Living and SDA stands for Specialist Disability Accommodation. Both of them are related to disability accommodation, but they are different.
Specialist Disability Accommodation is housing that enables people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs to live comfortably and receive their daily supports. 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.
Who does NDIS Support Independent Living suit?
Supported Independent Living is designed for people who have higher support needs because of their disability. This might mean you require care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or that you need a significant amount of help throughout the day to live independently. You can access SIL services if you live on your own, or if you live in shared accommodation with other NDIS participants.
How do you get Supported Independent Living included in your NDIS plan?
The process of getting SIL starts with providing information to the NDIA through your NDIS planner. This will help determine which home and living supports will suit your needs best, and your eligibility. You may have to provide the following information:
- your current circumstances, along with your goals
- where you live now, and the future home and living goals you want to pursue
- what supports you are currently receiving, and what you might need in the future
- what home and living supports you have explored in the past
- 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
What happens once I am approved for SIL in my NDIS plan?
Once you are approved for SIL funding, you will get a copy of your plan, outlining 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. If you would like to explore your Independent Living options under the NDIS with Home Caring, please get in touch for a free consultation.
Your Supported Independent Living support will generally continue each year – unless your situation, disability support needs or living goals change.
How do you decide with your provider what SIL supports you receive?
Once you have chosen your SIL service provider, you will make a service agreement for your Supported Independent Living 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 Supported Independent Living providers 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.
Can I access Supported Independent funding while living alone?
Yes you can. SIL is not just for NDIS participants in shared accommodation with housemates. You can access Independent Supported Living support while living in your own house or apartment, a private rental, accommodation provided through the Department of Housing or other accommodation options.
What levels of Supported Independent Living are available?
Everyone’s needs are different. Supported Independent Living funding is split into three different levels, which depend on how much support you need and the number of people living together. The 3 levels available are:
- Lower need – support or supervision that is not usually 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. They will help you understand, process and implement the funded supports in your plan – including linking you to community, mainstream and other government services – so you have genuine choice and 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. Qualities to look for include:
- Someone who listens and puts you first – they should respect your decisions and work with you to develop a mix of supports you are happy with.
- Someone dedicated to great service – look for someone who is committed to treating you as an individual and doing their best for you
- Someone who is knowledgeable about the NDIS – they need to understand the scheme’s rules, Price Guide and be on top of any changes that occur
- Someone who is local – if a Support Coordinator is familiar with your area, they’ll be better equipped to connect you to great local services
- Someone who communicates well – the NDIS involves a lot of reporting, so it’s important for your Support Coordinator is a good communicator so they can advocate effectively for you.
What happens if I need to change my support needs?
If there is a significant change to your situation or your support needs, you can ask the NDIA to review your plan. They will require current information about your situation and disability support needs to do this.