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.