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Supported Independent Living – What is a Roster of Care?

If one of your goals is to live more independently, Supported Independent Living (SIL) can provide you with the supports to either live independently in your own home or in a shared home with other people.

Supported Independent Living provides support to allow you to be more independent and learn new skills in a home living environment.  This might include daily support with tasks including personal care, or household tasks including shopping.

NDIS will only approve a SIL funding package for you if SIL supports are considered reasonable and necessary for your individual needs, and before they will approve your SIL budget, your provider will need to develop a Roster of Care. 

 

What is a Roster of Care (RoC)?

A Roster of Care is a weekly schedule that outlines how supports will be shared across each member of a SIL household over a week.  It includes the number of hours and support workers each person will have each day, in 30 minute blocks.

The Roster of Care is typically completed by your SIL provider in consultation with either the participant or their nominee.  The NDIA uses this information to gain an insight into what a typical week may look like for each SIL participant.

Once your Roster of Care is completed, it is then assessed.  The NDIA will consider what reasonable and necessary support funding is appropriate.  NDIA will check for changes to previous Rosters of Care, identify any errors and ensure costs do not exceed limits set by the NDIS Price Guide.

The roster of care submission is only one of the pieces of information the NDIA uses to help determine the right amount of funding.  Once the Roster of Care and your NDIS Plan are approved, the SIL budget is released into your plan and your SIL provider can claim funds for supports they provide.

 For more information on Roster of Care submissions, including links to the SIL Roster of Care submission template and Guide to using the Provider Roster of Care tool, please visit the NDIS website.

For more information on Nextt’s supported independent living options, click here. Or to view our SIL vacancies, click here.

Or please call us on 1300 369 568 for further information on Nextt’s range of disability services.

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

If you have an NDIS plan, you may have come across the terms SIL and SDA.

SIL stands for Supported Independent Living, while SDA stands for Specialist Disability Accommodation. While both SIL and SDA are different types of disability accommodation options, there are some big differences between the two.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) provides you with support to help you live as independently as possible. If you have a disability, SIL can provide you with support if you are living alone or if you live with a group of people in a shared home. 

Nextt has several SIL vacancies across Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne and we can also help you find disability accommodation that meets your needs. We have a strong focus on matching people who choose to live together with similar interests, personalities, and goals.

SIL can provide you with an opportunity to enjoy independence, make new friends, and access the support you need. People who live in SIL receive daily support with tasks including personal care, such as showering and dressing, household tasks, including shopping, meal preparation, and cleaning, medical needs, behaviour and socials skills, clinical support, including administrating medication and medication management.

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (or SDA) is available to people who need specialist housing solutions for high support needs or extreme functional impairment.

SDA funding is aimed to cover any disability-related housing expenses that are above the usual costs of housing and does not refer to person-to-person support services.

Funding through the NDIS is only available to a small proportion of participants with very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria.

So, what is the difference between SDA and SIL?

SDA is specially designed housing (or modified existing housing) for people with high intensity needs.

SIL on the other hand, refers to the onsite supports and daily living services that people to live as independently as possible.

If you need both specialist housing solutions and daily living support, SDA and SIL will be funded separately in your NDIS plan. This provides you with more choice, as you can live in accommodation suited to your needs and can access the SIL supports of your choice.

For more information on Nextt’s supported independent living options, click here. Or to view our SIL vacancies, click here.

Or please call us on 1300 369 568 for further information on Nextt’s range of disability services.

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What Supported Independent Living Services Can You Receive?

Some people living with a disability may need additional supports to live independently. This may be due to the fact that their current home no longer meets their needs, or they are looking to move into a new chapter of their lives, such as leaving the family home. In these cases, moving into specialist single occupancy or shared housing with supports may be an option. This is known as Supported Independent Living (SIL). Supported Independent Living (SIL) may provide 24/7 support across a number of areas including:
  • Personal care
  • Cooking and meal preparation
  • Household chores
  • Shopping
  • Budgeting
  • Medication assistance
  • Cleaning
  • Travel training
  • Attending appointments
  • Accessing the local community
What levels of support does SIL provide? Each person with disability or mental illness is unique, and therefore will require different kind of supports. The NDIS has outlined three levels of support that SIL is funded under, these include:
  • Lower needs – Includes the supervision of living arrangements. Lower needs supports are not usually 24/7.
  • Standard needs – Includes assistance and supervision of most day-to-day tasks, 24/7 support and Support Worker overnight sleepovers.
  • Higher needs – Includes 24/7 active support, such as managing challenging behaviours that require positive behaviour support and assistance with daily tasks.
How do I find a SIL home? If you or someone you care for has indicated that living independently is a personal goal they want to achieve, then this should be raised in your NDIS planning meetings. Once you have approved a plan with SIL in your package, contact a support service provider to find out where there are SIL vacancies. At Nextt, have a strong focus on matching people who choose to live together and locating a home that suits each individuals needs and requirements. You can start searching our Supported Independent Living Vacancies right now. Our team will support you the whole time to ensure a smoothed and individualised transition. If you have any further questions on how we can support you, contact us on 1300 369 568, our friendly team are always available to answer any queries.  
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Guide to navigating disability supports and funding for people with mental health challenges.

Everyone has different levels of mental health challenges and may experience mental health difficulties from time to time. It is important to understand what supports and funding are available for people living these mental health challenges.

To become an NDIS participant you need to meet the ‘access requirements’. If you are living with a mental health condition one of those requirements is to have a high level of psychosocial disability (PSD). PSD is a term that refers to a disability that is caused by a mental health issue.

Supports for individuals who experience PSD as a result of mental illness are included in the NDIS, but may struggle with the application process, and find the eligibility criteria confusing.

Funding Eligibility

The NDIS offers support for people living with a psychosocial disability to assist in recovery. This funding enables you to select the supports you need to achieve your personal recovery goals and lead a positive life.

Firstly, to find out whether you are eligible for NDIS funding for psychosocial disability, you can check out the NDIS Eligibility Checklist. Here you will find easy to answer questions to see if you are suited for NDIS funding. The NDIS also have a ‘How to Apply’ page, with links to an ‘Access Request Form’, where you can apply for NDIS funding.

Disability Support

At Nextt, we ensure that our clients that experience from challenges due to their mental illness get more out of life through our support services.

Our programs that support people living with a psychosocial disability include:

  • Capacity Building – we work with a personal focused approach to support in building on our clients existing strengths, as well as learning and developing new skills. We tailor our services to meet our clients’ unique needs and to support them in developing independence.
  • NDIS Support Coordination – we work in collaboration with our clients to make sure that they can access all parts of their NDIS plan and are provided with the correct assistance needed. We will help you build the capacity to handle and resolve difficult circumstances.
  • Community and Social Participation – we support or clients at their own pace to help them work towards their recovery goals, to be more involved within their community and to participate in social activities.

At Nextt we have an amazing team that will work with you to create a positive impact on your everyday life. Contact us on 1300 369 568 to find out how we can support you through your NDIS journey.

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NDIS Capacity Building Supports Explained

Are you unsure on how to use your NDIS plan funding to achieve your goals? At Nextt we are devoted to help you navigate your NDIS plan like a pro by understanding your Capacity Building Supports and how they can assist you on your NDIS journey.

What are NDIS Capacity Building Supports? 

Capacity building supports are those that help you build skills and independence in your daily life and support you in pursuing your goals. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will assess your individual needs and your short and long-term goals during a planning meeting. This will help distinguish the key Capacity Building Supports that may need to be funded.

What Capacity Building Supports are available?

The Capacity Building Supports are broken down into nine categories, these include:

  1. NDIS Support Coordination
    A fixed amount of funding from the NDIS that can be used the engage a Support Coordinator that can help you connect with and implement your plan, this includes accessing services and supports, and using your funding.
  2. Improved Living Arrangements
    Supports you with finding our own accommodation and supports you to maintain the most appropriate living space suited to your unique needs.
  3. Increased Social and Community Participation
    Assists you with the training and development of life skills that help with community participation, and with recreational and social activities.
  4. Finding and Keeping a Job

Assists you in finding and maintaining employment. This funding can also be used for job related training, support, and assessments.

  1. Improved Relationships
    Helps you build positive behavioural strategies to better personal interactions with the people you are close with, and the wider community.
  2. Improved Health and Wellbeing

Supports you in activities that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. You will learn how to stay healthy by keeping active and eating nutritious meals.

  1. Improved Daily Living
    Provides funding for therapy and training to help in the develop of, or to improve skills needed to live independently and increase community participation.
  2. Improved Learning
    Supports you with training and advice to help you transition from school into higher education, such as university or TAFE.
  3. Improved Life Choices

Will help you manage your finances and use your funding and money appropriately.

NDIS capacity building programs grow the capabilities and skills of participants, as they better prepare participants for real life.

For further information on capacity building programs, and what they mean for you, contact the Nextt team today, on 1300 369 568.

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Nextt – Signs of Mental Illness and Where to Find Support

Mental illness refers to a range of conditions that affects how one thinks, their emotional state, social interactions, and behaviours. It can be caused by multiple factors, including a chemical imbalance in the brain, stressful life events and/or the use of substances.

Signs Of Mental Illness

There are various signs of mental illness, including: unusual thinking, confusion and disorientation, destructive behaviour, significant mood changes, difficulty in work and social life, lack of self-care, feeling worthless, or acts of self-harm.

A person can experience one or multiple signs simultaneously, which can suggest that they are developing or have a mental illness.

Common Mental Illnesses

Mental illness is very common, one in five Australians experience signs of mental illness every year, with 45 per cent of Australian adults affected by mental illness during their lives.

The following is a list of some of the major categories of disorders described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

Neurodevelopmental disorders are those that are typically diagnosed during infancy, childhood, or adolescence. These disorders include Intellectual Disability, Global Developmental Delay, Communication Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Bipolar and Related Disorders

Bipolar disorder is characterised by shifts in mood as well as changes in activity and energy levels. The disorder often involves experiencing shifts between elevated moods and periods of depression. Such elevated moods can be pronounced and are referred to either as mania or hypomania.

  • Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are those that are characterised by excessive and persistent fear, worry, anxiety and related behavioural disturbances. Fear involves an emotional response to a threat, whether that threat is real or perceived. Anxiety involves the anticipation that a future threat may arise. Types of anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Separation Anxiety Disorder.

  • Stress-Related Disorders

Trauma and stressor-related disorders involve exposure to a stressful or traumatic event.

These were previously grouped with anxiety disorders but are now considered a distinct category of disorders. Disorders included in this category include Acute Stress Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

  • Dissociative Disorders

Dissociative disorders are psychological disorders that involve a dissociation or interruption in aspects of consciousness, including identity and memory. Dissociative disorders include Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Identity Disorder and Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder.

  • Somatic Symptom Disorders

Somatic symptom disorders are a class of psychological disorders that involve prominent physical symptoms that may not have a diagnosable physical cause. Disorders include somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, conversion disorder and factitious disorder.

  • Eating disorders

Eating disorders are characterised by obsessive concerns with weight and disruptive eating patterns that negatively impact physical and mental health. Types of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, rumination disorder, pica, and binge-eating disorder.

  • Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders involve an interruption in sleep patterns that lead to distress and affects daytime functioning. Examples of sleep disorders include narcolepsy, insomnia disorder, hypersomnolence, breathing-related sleep disorders, parasomnias, and restless legs syndrome.

  • Disruptive Disorders

Impulse-control disorders are those that involve an inability to control emotions and behaviours, resulting in harm to oneself or others. These problems with emotional and behavioural regulation are characterised by actions that violate the rights of others such as destroying property or physical aggression and/or those that conflict with societal norms, authority figures, and laws. Types of impulse-control disorders include kleptomania, pyromania, intermittent explosive disorder, conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

  • Depressive disorders

Depressive disorders are a type of mood disorder that include a number of conditions. They are all characterised by the presence of sad, empty, or irritable moods accompanied by physical and cognitive symptoms.

  • Substance-related disorders

Substance-related disorders are those that involve the use and abuse of different substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, opiates, and alcohol. These disorders may include substance-induced conditions that can result in many associated diagnoses including intoxication, withdrawal, the emergence of psychosis, anxiety, and delirium.

  • Neurocognitive disorders

Neurocognitive disorders are characterised by acquired deficits in cognitive function. Types of cognitive disorders include Delirium and Neurocognitive Disorders.

  • Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic psychiatric condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, and behaviour. Itis characterised by delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech and behaviour, and other symptoms that cause social or occupational dysfunction.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders is a category of psychiatric conditions that includes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body-dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), excoriation disorder (skin picking), substance/medication-induced obsessive-compulsive and related disorder, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorder due to another medical condition.

  • Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are characterised by an enduring pattern of maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that can cause serious detriments to relationships and other life areas. Types of personality disorders include antisocial personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder and schizotypal personality disorder.

Where To Find Support

There are many mental health services that provide ongoing support from a professional mental health carer.

If you are concerned for a loved one or friend, ask them how you can help. The first action for a person with mental health difficulties, signs, and symptoms, is to visit a doctor or other healthcare professionals.

Seeking support is the bravest and healthiest option when looking after your mental health and wellbeing.

Organisations such as Lifeline, Kids Help Line, Beyond Blue, Mensline and  Suicide Call Back Service can be called for guidance and support during a crisis.

For immediate and urgent assistance if concerned to all about any signs or symptoms relating to mental health, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

How Nextt can help

At Nextt we have great experience working with clients that have mental health challenges. We meet with clients wherever they are in their journey and support them based on their NDIS goals providing individualised assistance that uniquely fits their needs.

Contact us on 1300 369 568, our team of support coordinators can work with you to understand and implement the funded supports in your plan and help create a positive and lasting impact on your everyday life.

* The information on this page is for general information only and does not take the place of professional or medical advice. We do not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage caused by use of the information provided in our website.

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Who is eligible for Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a shared living arrangement of two to seven National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, with 24/7 tailored in home disability support services. SIL supports people with disability that need assistance with everyday tasks. Each SIL resident is funded individually, and the funding reflects their unique and shared support in home.

Who is eligible for SIL funding?

To access SIL services, you must have a current NDIS plan with allocated funding for SIL included in your plan or Disability Support for Older Australians Program (DSOA) funding.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has a set criterion to access funding for SIL based on ‘reasonable and necessary supports’. To be eligible for SIL funding, you must:

  • Provide evidence that you are unable to live without 24/7 supports. This is recognised through a Functional Assessment Report (FAR) undertaken by an Allied Health professional.
  • Provide an Identifying Housing Solution’s report by a support coordinator.

SIL eligibility must also consider any informal supports provided by family members, carers, networks, and the community. It is vital that the supports are effective, tailored, and beneficial to the individual. At Nextt, we can help you determine your eligibility for funding.

What support will Nextt provide me? 

Once your eligibility has been determined, it is time to find the right home, and housemates for you to move in with. Nextt currently support many people living in disability accommodation, we have a team of experts available to support you in starting this process. We can assist you by:

  • Finding the right people for you to live with ensuring a good match.
  • Locating a property that meets your individual needs.
  • Supporting you with your transition.

Nextt will support you during all areas of life including:

  • Daily living skills.
  • Self-care.
  • Home and financial management.
  • Education support.
  • Employment support.
  • Social and spiritual events.
  • Activities and groups.

Supported Independent Living may suit you if you enjoy living independently but also require some extra support to meet your daily needs. Call us on 1300 369 568, or register your interest here, for more information.

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What to Expect from Your Disability Support Worker

It can be hard to know exactly what to expect from your new disability support worker.  At Nextt, we pride ourselves on getting to know you, including your needs and interests so that we can support you to achieve your personal goals.

We have outlined below some additional information on what you can expect from your support worker at Nextt.

 The role of a disability support worker

The role of your disability support worker is to provide you with assistance and support when you need it most – to help you to live independently and to get more out of life.

Their key role is to support you with your NDIS goals.  Some of the duties and tasks that they may support you to do include:

  • Assisting you with daily living, with a focus on self-care and high intensity personal care activities.
  • Performing home based tasks such as food preparation and housework.
  • Helping you to develop skills and participate in community activities.
  • Facilitating daily personal hygiene and dressing tasks.
  • Providing community access so you can improve social skills and confidence.
  • Assist with high-level manual handling tasks.
  • Providing emotional support and friendship.

The qualities of a disability support worker

Disability support workers at Nextt need to have a range of different personal qualities, so that they can provide you with the best possible support.  Some of these qualities include:

Customer service skills: a customer service mindset is extremely important when supporting you to reach your goals, make your own decisions and to live your life independently.

Relationship building skills: we strive to make sure our support workers are genuinely good with people and have the ability to build and maintain meaningful relationships.

Life experience and transferrable skills: we often try to find support workers who have a degree of life experience and transferable skills – for example – return-to-work parents who have had experience supporting someone with disability, can have fantastic transferable skills.

 

What else you can expect from a Nextt disability support worker:

  • Our support workers are provided with a wide range of training so they have the core skills to be effective – and deliver service excellence – in their role.
  • Our support workers generally have a vocational qualification in disability or community services.
  • Our support workers have all of the required certifications including a current working with children/vulnerable people check, a first aid and CPR certificate and have passed their NDIS Worker Screening Check (or current National Police Records Check) and manual handling check.
  • Our support workers have completed the NDIS ‘Quality, Safety and You’ and ‘Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19 Training’
  • Our support workers understand the NDIS Code of Conduct (see below).
  • Our support workers have good communication and listening skills and enjoy working with and supporting others.
  • Our support workers share our passion for supporting people to ‘get more out of life’.

The NDIS Code of Conduct for Support Workers

The NDIS Code of Conduct requires workers and providers delivering NDIS supports to:

  1. Act with respect for individual rights to freedom of expression, self-determination, and decision-making in accordance with applicable laws and conventions.
  2. Respect the privacy of people with disability.
  3. Provide supports and services in a safe and competent manner with care and skill.
  4. Act with integrity, honesty and transparency.
  5. Promptly take steps to raise and act on concerns about matters that may impact the quality and safety of supports and services provided to people with disability.
  6. Take all reasonable steps to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against, and exploitation, neglect and abuse of, people with disability.
  7. Take all reasonable steps to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.

To find out more about the NDIS Code of Conduct, click here.

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Becoming a Disability Support Worker

Working as a Disability Support Worker can be an extremely rewarding career option.  As a Disability Support Worker, you will be providing care and assistance to people with physical and/or mental health disability.  You’ll be supporting people with disability to reach their individual goals, to become more independent and to get much more out of life.

This work can be challenging – but it is also extremely rewarding – knowing you are making a real difference to someone’s life – as well as the lives of their families and the communities in which they live – each-and-every day.

The great news is that there is a great deal of demand for disability support workers.  If you are looking for a job, the demand for support workers has been growing at a staggering rate.  If you are looking to build a long-term career, disability support work is a great path to follow.

What qualifications do you need?

Most disability service providers will require that you have a vocational qualification in disability or community services.  You can get the necessary qualifications from a wide range of registered training organisations including Open Colleges, and TAFE.

What skills do you need?

In addition to training and qualifications, you should also have a range of ‘soft skills’ including resilience and communication skills. You will also need to learn how to work in a team.

What work will you be doing?

One of the best things about working as a Disability Support Worker is that no two days will be the same.  Working as a disability support worker also provides you with the satisfaction that you are making a real difference to people – supporting them to get more out of life.

The work that you will do will depend upon the needs of the people you are supporting – though it may include supporting people with daily living, helping people engage in community activities, performing home based tasks, providing community access, assisting manual handling tasks – and providing emotional support and friendship.

What certifications do you need?

As a Disability Support Worker, you will be working with some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. It is therefore essential that you get a number of certifications including a current working with children/vulnerable people check, a first aid and CPR certificate and that you have passed your NDIS Worker Screening Check (or current National Police Records Check) and manual handling check.

 

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a disability support worker with Nextt, please call our recruitment team on 1300 576 097, or register your interest on becoming a disability support worker on our support worker page.  You can also download a free copy of our guide to becoming a disability support worker.

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What is Supported Independent Living (SIL) and How Does It Work?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is the assistance, and/or supervision of daily tasks to help people live as independently as possibly, while building their skills. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia provides independent living support for Australians with disabilities.

So, how does it work?

A SIL provider, such as Nextt, provides support to people with disability with qualified, trained staff to assist with daily living, personal care and participation in community or social activities.

 SIL does not include other types of support such as attending lifestyle day programs, employment, or community access. However, these items can be added under different funding supports within an NDIS plan.

If SIL is the most appropriate support for you, you will receive funding for this assistance as part of your NDIS plan. The amount of funding provided will depend on the level of support you require to live independently in the housing option of your choice. The services are provided to you in your SIL home and can be in a shared or individual arrangement.

Why choose supported independent living?  

There are many benefits of SIL, disability housing provides the perfect opportunity for people living with disability to gain their independence whilst still accessing the relevant support and accommodation needs. It is also a wonderful opportunity to socialise and meet new people as SIL homes can consist of other housemates, if that is something that you choose. Also, depending on your environmental needs, some houses are designed with accessibility, assistive technology and/or robustness in mind.

How to apply?

Nextt can tailor a supported independently living model to your individual needs. There are many options to consider including:

  • Shared living
  • Bequest home management
  • In home Respite or supports.
  • Independent Living

Supported Independent Living may suit you if you enjoy living independently but also require some extra support to meet your daily needs. Call us on 1300 369 568, or register your interest here, for more information.