Finding the right supported independent living home can be a challenging task. It is important to take your time so that you can make an informed decision and ensure you find the right fit for your needs and preferences. Here are some steps you can follow to find the right Supported Independent Living home:
Determine your needs: Before you start your search, it is important to assess your needs and preferences. This includes evaluating your level of independence, care needs, and any specific support requirements. Your support needs will often be captured in your support plan and be reflected in the amount of Supported Independent Living funding you receive from the NDIS.
Research available options: Look into different Supported Independent Living homes in your area and gather information about their services, facilities, and reputation. You can also consult with local disability organisations, support groups, and support coordinators for recommendations. You can search for available Supported Independent Living home vacancies on websites such as https://www.housinghub.org.au/ and https://gonest.com.au/.
There are also a number of Facebook groups that promote current and upcoming Supported Independent Living vacancies including:
- Supported independent living (SIL) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/237537400988593/
- NDIS Real Estate SDA STA SIL DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION – https://www.facebook.com/groups/345877766747035/
- NDIS SIL, SDA, MTA and STA availabilities (Melbourne and Sydney) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ndisaccommodation/
- NDIS Supported Independent Living (SIL) & STA Vacancies and Assistance (Gold Coast and Brisbane) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/3161871343833909/
There are additional SIL and SDA groups that target specific geographic locations. You can often find these simply by doing a quick search in Facebook.
Nextt has a listing of our current Supported Living vacancies on our website: https://nextt.com.au/sil-vacancies/
Schedule visits: Once you have a list of potential options, it is important to visit the homes in person and ask questions about their services, support staff, and any concerns you may have. Many SIL and SDA providers will host open days that provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the property. Alternatively, the provider of the Supported Independent Living vacancy may be able to schedule a time for you to see the property at a time that suits.
Consider the staff: Pay attention to the quality and experience of the staff and the support they provide. Make sure they are well trained and compassionate, and that they have a good track record of working with people with similar needs. Don’t just take the providers word that they provide high quality support – check Google and Trustpilot reviews to make sure they have a positive reputation.
Check references: Ask for references from current or former residents and their families. This can give you a better understanding of the quality of care and support provided. Simply ask something like “how are you finding the level of support you are receiving?” “Would you recommend moving into this property?”
Check that you match with current residents: it is important that you get along with the people you will be living with, and that you match with the right people who share similar personalities, interests and goals. Many SIL providers will specify some of the characteristics of the current residents (including age, gender, disability type and interests) as well their recommendation on the qualities they are looking for for a good housemate.
Evaluate the cost: Make sure to understand the cost of the Supported Independent Living home, including any additional fees or services.
Make a decision: After carefully evaluating your options and considering all of the factors, make a decision and choose the Supported Independent Living home that best meets your needs and preferences.
It’s important to keep in mind that Supported Independent Living homes may not be the best fit for everyone, and there may be other options, such as Individualised Living Options (ILO) – https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/home-and-living/individualised-living-options, that may better meet your needs.
Be sure to take your time and choose the option that is right for you.