What Is Supported Independent Living?
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is NDIS funding that’s designed to support people living with disability. SIL is primarily used to fund supports for daily living activities, like personal grooming, cooking and other household chores. It’s available to people with higher needs who require some level of assistance 24/7.
Not everybody is eligible for SIL. For instance, if you only need help getting out of bed and starting your day, you may not need the “significant” amount of support that SIL requires. If that’s the case for you, the NDIS can fund other supports, like Assistance with Daily Living, home modifications or assistive technologies that can help you. Talk to your Support Coordinator if you’re unsure about the best options for your situation.
What Is SIL Funding?
Living independently and looking after yourself from day to day can be a huge confidence booster! The good news is that Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is making it easier to access funding for supports around the home.
For people who need help with daily activities, Supported Independent Living (SIL) can be used to fund person-to-person services that allow you to build your capacity and work towards your goals. In this article we’ll cover “What is SIL funding,” “How does SIL funding work,” and help you figure out how to obtain the NDIS support you need.
What Is SIL Funding Used For?
Your SIL funding is used provide services and support workers to help you with daily living activities. The goal is to help you live as independently as possible and build your capacity. The actual services you receive as part of your SIL funding depends on your goals. You’ll have to talk to your Support Coordinator and NDIS planner about your current situation, capacity, and goals, and then work together to decide where to allocate SIL funding.
SIL is designed to provide services that help you live as independently as possible. That means you can use your SIL funding for things like:
- Support for personal care tasks such as showering, getting dressed and personal grooming
- Help around the home with capacity building tasks like cooking and cleaning
- Support for doing things outside the home like attending appointments or catching public transport
- Overnight supervision and support
SIL can be approved on its own, or it may come with related funding to help you around the home. Depending on your needs, the NDIS may be able to fund things like Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) or modifications to your home. Whatever your goals, your NDIS planner can help you figure out how to make your home more accessible to improve the way SIL and other supports are delivered
What Is a Roster of Care?
A Roster of Care is an important part of obtaining SIL funding. The Roster is a simple spreadsheet that breaks down a typical week into 30-minute blocks. These blocks of time are used to figure out which supports you need, as well as when you need them. The Roster also shows how you and your housemates will share supports throughout a week.
You don’t have to worry about filling out a Roster of Care. Your SIL Provider will handle the paperwork. You only need to provide your input and make sure you’re happy with the things that are included in the Roster. Once you and your SIL Provider are satisfied, it will then be submitted to the NDIA to figure out what funding you need! If you and your housemates are sharing supports, the NDIA will also assess their needs to make sure the services on the Roster are suitable for everyone.
Can I Be Eligible for Both SIL and SDA?
It’s possible to be eligible for both Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). SIL and SDA are two separate parts of the NDIS. Where SIL provides funding for workers to help you with daily living around your home, SDA funds the home itself. SDA funding is only offered to people with extremely high needs. The funding is paid to the SDA provider, and they look after the property, like the way a landlord does.
If you need significant help with daily tasks as well as specially modified housing, it’s possible to be eligible for both SIL and SDA. If you qualify, SIL and SDA will each be recorded and funded separately in your NDIS plan.
You can learn about the difference between SIL and SDA in our blog post here.
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SIL funding is an incredibly useful part of the NDIS. For participants who want to live more independently, SIL makes it easy to access the supports you need around the home. If you’re still unsure what SIL is or how it works, feel free to contact Multicap and ask our friendly team! Multicap is a NDIS and disability provider that offers a broad range of SIL services. As a registered SIL Provider, we can work with you and your Support Coordinator to figure out which services you need to reach your full potential. Contact us today if you have any questions about SIL or need help with the NDIS application process!