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.