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What are the NDIS SIL requirements?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is an NDIS service that opens many doors for people with disability. You see, SIL provides 24/7 tailored care and help within the home. Such robust support is great for developing independence and achieving goals.

Date posted: Author: Sarah Sayer, Intake and Retention Officer

If you think SIL sounds like a good fit for you, you should consider applying for funding through the NDIS. Before pursuing this, though, you should understand your eligibility and what the application process involves. If you want to learn more about both of these, you’ve come to the right place! Let's explore the world of NDIS SIL requirements.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

SIL goes beyond standard disability support

SIL helps NDIS participants who need consistent, 24/7 assistance with daily tasks, personal care, and skill development.

Picture this: a shared and accessible living environment with housemates who chose to live together. There’s a team of fully qualified support workers who work alongside the residents to help them live independently. Sounds pretty great, right?

The specific tasks covered by SIL will vary from person to person. After all, they’re based on the client’s unique needs and preferences. That being said, standard SIL supports likely include the following:

  • Support with showering, dressing, and getting ready for the day
  • Help with managing medications or using medical equipment
  • Preparation of meals and household tasks
  • Help to take part in community activities and explore hobbies

Are you eligible for SIL under the NDIS?

Meeting the criteria

Not everyone with an NDIS plan automatically qualifies for SIL funding. When deciding whether or not to give SIL funding to a participant, the NDIS looks for a couple of things.

Nature of disability

You must have a permanent and significant disability that substantially impacts your everyday functioning.

Support needs

You must require regular assistance from others to complete daily living tasks.

NDIS goals

The impact of SIL must align with the home and living goals outlined in your NDIS plan.

Assessments

An assessment by an allied health professional, like an Occupational Therapist, may help the NDIS further understand your support needs.

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Navigating the SIL application process

How to secure SIL funding

If you believe SIL could be life-changing for you, you can ask the NDIS to fund it in your plan. However, the SIL application process does take time and requires a joint effort from members of your support network.

Here's a breakdown of what you need to do.

1. Plan discussion

During a plan review meeting, discuss your interest in SIL with your NDIS planner or Local Area Coordinator (LAC). If the planner or LAC is familiar with your situation, they may advise on your eligibility. If they are unfamiliar with your situation, or unsure about some aspect of your eligibility, they’ll point you to someone else who can help.

2. Gathering information

Your planner will collect relevant documents (e.g., assessments and reports) to justify and strengthen your request. Evidence from allied health professionals that explains the nature of your disability will help a lot.

3. NDIS decision

The NDIS makes the final decision regarding SIL eligibility. If approved, they’ll add the necessary funding to your plan. If rejected, you can either accept or appeal the decision.

Provider search

Once you get SIL funding approved, it’s time to choose a provider. It’s so important to properly research your options – after all, SIL will become a huge part of your life!

Your guide to choosing an SIL provider - factors for a perfect fit

Support model

When looking at a provider, explore support ratios (e.g., 1:1 or less intensive). Consider if this matches what is included in your plan, and if this matches the amount and intensity of support you need.

Living options

What type of housing would you prefer? Make a list of requirements for your living space, as well as things that would be nice to have. Use this as a reference when exploring your options.

SIL works in a few different ways. Some providers offer existing dwellings, while others will help you find the right home to provide their supports in.

Specialisation

Do you need support in unique ways? Be sure to check if providers have relevant experience. It’s not always easy to find this information, so look at reviews and testimonials, and blogs on their website. If you can’t tell from these, you might decide to just get in touch with them and ask.

Atmosphere and values

The "right vibe" matters! Select a provider where you feel safe, understood, and valued. Being offered tours and meet and greets are green flags. Plus, getting the chance to ask plenty of questions is a sign that you will be respected. While on tours, look for signs that other SIL residents are happy and respected, and that staff are knowledgeable and pleasant.

Exploring the Possibilities of NDIS SIL

If you dream of increased independence with personalised support, SIL could be a transformative part of your NDIS journey. Consult your NDIS planner or contact SIL providers to explore the possibilities.

If you'd like to learn more about Supported Independent Living, you can get in touch via email live@ld.org.au or call 08 8256 9800.

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