What is Supported Independent Living?
If one of your goals is to move out of the family home, then Supported Independent Living (SIL) may be able to help.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a support designed to help NDIS participants live as independently as possible.
Today, we will explore the types of situations where Supported Independent Living funding may be available and what it covers.
Getting help to live independently.
Supported Independent Living (SIL) can be used to get a support worker to help with daily tasks or even do them for you. This can include household tasks such as cooking, or personal care tasks such as bathing.
The support person can also assist you to learn new skills so you can do more things for yourself.
SIL may be available to NDIS participants who are living independently in their own home, a private rental property, share house or Specialist Disability Accommodation.
It may also be used in shared living environments with between 2 and 7 people. In this case, support costs may be shared between several NDIS participants.
What Supported Independent Living covers.
The types of things that may be covered by SIL include:
- Overnight support
- Assistance with personal care needs such as getting into and out of bed
- Support with household tasks like preparing meals
- Catching public transport
- Learning new skills to help you do household tasks and chores
- Support with activities like shopping
- Managing challenging behaviours.
Supported Independent Living does not cover expenses like rent or day-to-day costs such as food. It cannot be used to fund items covered under other NDIS budgets, for example transport or consumables.
Three levels of SIL funding.
There are three levels of SIL funding available.
- Lower needs: regular support for living arrangements where 24/7 care is not required.
- Standard needs: where more active, 24-hour assistance is required. This includes assistance with and supervision of more tasks and overnight sleepovers by a support worker.
- Higher needs: where continual, complex active assistance is required. Also includes help with managing frequent challenging behaviours.
How to get Supported Independent Living in your NDIS Plan.
SIL is most likely to be included in an NDIS Plan where you have set a goal to live independently and have been working towards this goal for some time.
It is helpful to set living independently as a medium to long-term goal and include that in your NDIS Plan. Then set some short-term goals that can help you reach that goal such as:
- “I want to learn to cook my meals so I can live more independently.”
- “I want to develop my self care skills.”
Once SIL funding is approved, it appears in a separate section of your NDIS Plan under Core supports, called “Assistance in Shared Living Arrangements – Supported Independent Living.”
SIL funding is not flexible so it can only be used for the purpose of Supported Independent Living.
The Leap in! app can help.
If you have any questions about Supported Independent Living or setting your NDIS-related goals, give the Leap in! Crew a call on 1300 05 78 78.