When you have a disability, you have a unique set of needs. It’s only natural that you need unique support to guide you through your day-to-day. You need a support system that will step in when you need them – and step back when you don’t. A support system that never compromises your independence or skill-building.
That’s why so many people with disabilities turn to supported independent living (SIL). Maybe you’ve considered making the transition to SIL yourself, but you’re still not sure if it’s the best fit. Sound familiar? MMT Care is here to help. In this guide, we answer your most important questions about SIL so you can make the best choice for your future.
What Is Supported Independent Living?
Supported independent living is a form of paid personal support. It’s an assisted living format that provides disabled people with the help and/or supervision they need to complete daily tasks. These daily living tasks could include just about anything, including:
- Personal care tasks (i.e. bathing, dressing, grooming)
- Cooking and meal preparation
- Household tasks
SIL is designed to help you live as independently as possible and build your skills at the same time. SIL can take place in your own home, but it is most common in shared housing arrangements.
Who Is Eligible for Supported Independent Living?
When it comes to supported independent living, NDIS participants are most often the people who benefit from it.
To be eligible for the NDIS, you need to meet certain requirements in the following areas:
- Residency – You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen with a Special Category Visa.
- Age – The applicant must be between 7 and 65 years of age.
- Disability – You must have a permanent disability that significantly affects your daily life.
- Location – You need to live in an area where the scheme is already rolled out.
- Early intervention – You may be eligible if early intervention would improve your child’s functioning.
That said, it’s important to remember that not all NDIS participants will be eligible for SIL. Supported independent living NDIS participants are typically those with high support needs. In other words, SIL is best for those who need a significant amount of help every day.
If the NDIS determines that SIL is the best support for you, you’ll get funding for it as part of your NDIS plan. The exact amount of SIL funding you get will depend on the type and level of support you need.
You can find out more about your supported independent living eligibility in the SIL Information Pack.
How To Decide if Supported Independent Living Is Right for You
No one knows what’s best for you better than you do. So, at the end of the day, we can’t tell you if supported independent living is right for you – only you can do that.
But we can help make your decision a little easier.
According to NDIS guidelines, there are many criteria you should consider. Some of these include:
- Age (SIL is only funded by the NDIS for participants over the age of 18)
- Your circumstances
- The complexity of your needs
- Your goals
- The current level of your independence and living skills
- Your required home modifications and/or assistive technology (if any)
- If you need person-to-person supports
Benefits of Supported Independent Living
When you choose supported independent living, you transform your life for the better. How? We’re glad you asked.
Complete Control and Freedom of Choice – When it comes to SIL, you’re in the driver’s seat. You choose the provider and support workers that you think would be the best fit for you. All you need to do is use the NDIS Provider Finder. This handy list gives you the freedom to choose the best support provider near you.
Increased Independence – You deserve to live an independent life. Supported independent living could be the first step in making that dream a reality. In a SIL arrangement, you’ll participate in a wide range of confidence-building activities. You’ll also learn how to make informed decisions for your future. What that looks like is up to you!
More Socialisation – One of your NDIS goals might be to make new friends and build connections with those around you. Supported independent living is perfect for that! SIL offers chances to develop personal relationships with flatmates, friends, colleagues, and more.
Healthy Lifestyle – Did you know that SIL can help you lead a more balanced lifestyle? Cooking more nutritious meals, budgeting for better financial health, and everything in between. You’ll get all the support you need to live your best (and healthiest) life.
SIL Vacancies Near Me
Keen to explore your SIL accommodation options? We’ve got you covered!
At MMT Care, we have a wide range of accommodation vacancies. With office locations in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, you’ll have no trouble finding a home near you. So, why not have a look and get started on your journey to more independent living?
Check out some of our most beautiful and inviting homes in each state’s biggest cities.
SIL Vacancies, Sydney (and surrounding regions)
SIL Vacancies, Brisbane (and surrounding regions)
SIL Vacancies, Melbourne (and surrounding regions)
Do you have more questions about supported independent living? We have answers. Contact us today to get the information you need. We can’t wait to hear from you!