NDIS & Supported Independent Living (SIL)

As one of the most preferred SIL Providers in Melbourne, uCare iCare believes in the power of harmonious living space. An atmosphere of belongingness will uncover your capabilities to live an independent life. With our expertise in Supported Independent Living (SIL), this service empowers NDIS participants with disabilities to live as independently as possible. uCare iCare connects people with disabilities to NDIS Accommodation Supports alongside other round-the-clock NDIS services according to individual disability needs. So grasp this opportunity to build independence inside-out and side-by-side with other NDIS participants with peace of mind.

Through uCare iCare’s person-centred approach, you are in charge of how you receive this SIL service. Without having to sacrifice your freedom, live on your terms and achieve your goals at your own pace. Located in the Northern Suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, our renovated 4-bedroom home (2 with an en-suite), accommodates 4 NDIS participants. And without further ado, here is everything you need to know about Supported Independent Living (SIL) service. This complete guide on SIL is vital for your decision when it comes to relocating to shared disability accommodation.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Generally, Supported Independent Living, or SIL in short, is an NDIS service that brings a dream home to receive the day-to-day support you need. All NDIS participants who live in our safe Independent Living Facilities can receive catered disability support 24/7. Break the boundaries despite your disabilities as we give you the right push to live independently. You and your housemates build life skills whilst enhancing them amid a comfortable and safe environment.

Despite the wide range of disability services under SIL, certain types of support are not included under this independent living support by NDIS. And with that, let us look at supports included in the SIL.

Supports Included in SIL

  • Household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning & developing other daily routines.
  • Personal care tasks include getting into or out of bed, showering, & getting dressed.
  • Accessing the community activities & taking up a hobby.
  • Taking medication & going to medical appointments.
  • Meal preparation & asking for nutrition advice.
  • Managing challenging behaviours & enhancing social skills.
  • Learning to utilize public transport & travelling to destinations.
  • Budgeting & managing personal expenses.

* Reach out to us for more enquiries if the support you need is not stated above. 

Supports Not Included in SIL

  • Cost of groceries & household supplies.
  • Cost of rent & utility fees include electricity, water, telephone, internet or gas.
  • Public transport fares.
  • Cost of travel & holidays.

How does the NDIS fund SIL?

The Supported Independent Living (SIL) is funded under Core Supports – Assistance with Daily Life. While choosing SIL as part of your NDIS plan, the amount of NDIS funding depends on your disability need. From the quote from your SIL provider and supporting documentation, NDIS will determine the amount of allocation towards this service.

Three Levels of Support for SIL

At uCare iCare, we firmly believe that every individual with disabilities is unique, so are their needs. Therefore, NDIS tailors the funding according to these three different kinds of SIL support. Thus, you can get the most out of your NDIS funding in our disability housing options for people with disabilities. In general, the Supported Independent Living (SIL) services fall under these three levels of support:

1) Lower Needs

SIL services of lower needs are not available 24/7. The assistance needed among the residents of our disability accommodation can be performed at any time of the day. For example, the supervision of living arrangements is not urgent among NDIS participants with lower needs support.

2) Standard Needs

SIL services of standard needs are available 24/7. Individuals who require this category of SIL support have the capability to perform tasks, but supervision is mandatory. This independent living support includes overnight assistance when a particular residence faces difficulties in specific tasks.

3) Higher Needs

SIL services of higher needs are available 24/7. This is the highest SIL level, suitable for those who possess high medical needs. As a result, NDIS participants gain round-the-clock active support day and night. Without this higher needs support, they cannot manage on their own in the independent living facility.

Why Choose Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

SIL is undoubtedly one of the NDIS services that take NDIS participants’ lives to new heights. It is all about breaking barriers and becoming someone you aspire to be with uCare iCare’s disability accommodation. Take your time to understand why SIL is worthwhile in your NDIS journey. This is because it is more than just helping you with personal care at uCare iCare. We hope to give you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone by looking at how this independent living support benefits you.

a) Enhance Independence & Confidence in Life

Relocating to a SIL disability accommodation brings you an opportunity to make your own decision. It is all about providing SIL support in a way that fits your disability needs at uCare iCare. Our team listens attentively whilst supporting your decision on how you wish to receive your care in an assisted living space made for personal growth.

Designed to help you live independently, our SIL with 24/7 assistance allows you to have more time to improve other aspects of life. So, you can explore your true potential within as our expert support is there just the way you need it. Once you pick up life skills and hone them in a safe living space, a sense of confidence exudes. This leads to the enrichment of your lifestyle as a whole, so does your independence.

b) Peace of Mind in Enjoying Freedom

Knowing that you are in good hands whilst living life on your terms made possible with our SIL service. At uCare iCare, we assure you of the freedom and safety that you rightfully deserve. Our Supported Independent Living provides all NDIS participants with freedom and security under one roof. These two key elements determine an individual’s comfort alongside on-site 24/7 care and supervision.

Furthermore, enjoy a much bigger peace of mind with the flexibility you possess amid our housing for people with disabilities. This not only will allow you to decide the support you receive, you even get to arrange your private bedroom in any way that you want. In addition, rest assured that our team is all highly trained to help with your daily needs no matter the disabilities.

c) Promote A Healthier & Balanced Lifestyle

With our SIL, you have the opportunity to settle into a new yet balanced lifestyle that suits your goals. Gain a balance between a productive social life with like-minded people and ample relaxing me-time at home. One of the pleasures of receiving SIL service from us is the people you surround yourself with. Participating in activities alongside people with shared interests ease your learning journey and expand your social circle.

In addition, getting out and about gives you a breather in life. Besides spending time in the common facilities of your SIL home, you get to enjoy life outdoors as well. A leisure outing with housemates or close ones allows you to relax from all the training you have had. It did more than just ensure your mental health is in a better state. Taking some time out of your house can also strengthen the bond with whoever you want.

How to Choose the Right SIL Provider?

Put your needs and mental health first when it comes to choosing the right SIL provider. There are a few things to consider before selecting one that suits your disability needs. All in all, you need a SIL provider that prioritises you. In addition, evaluate the list of potential SIL providers you have at hand with a few questions you should ask yourself before making up your mind:

  • Is the SIL provider registered under the NDIS?
  • Do you see eye to eye with its core values?
  • Does the SIL provider respect your freedom in making your own decisions?
  • Are there any bad reputations for the SIL provider?
  • Does the SIL provider hire qualified caregivers?
  • Does the SIL provider offer a wide range of support that suits your needs?

How to Apply for Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Our SIL service is almost certainly what you need in achieving life goals if you are still here with us. If you think our disability accommodations would help you to live the life you want, here are the fundamental steps to follow:

  • Undergo an OT assessment to determine your eligibility to receive NDIS funding for SIL and the level of support you need.
  • Get in touch with a support coordinator who will match you with the most suitable SIL provider and disability housing options.
  • Your preferred SIL provider will provide a quote based on your disability needs.
  • Your support coordinator will inform NDIS about your decision to move into a SIL disability accommodation.
  • NDIS will review your supporting documents and work directly with the SIL provider of your choice.
  • Begin your goal-achieving journey and live independently once you are approved to do so.

uCare iCare is Your Ultimate SIL Provider in Melbourne

Our NDIS services cater to everyone’s unique needs and bridge the gap between you and your dream life. We see your goals that made up your dream life as our momentum that keeps us going. Our person-centred SIL service plays a vital role for many of our NDIS participants when it comes to independent living. Look no further than uCare iCare if you wish to live life and achieve goals in a safe space. Receive only the right support provided by our qualified care professionals and get the most out of your NDIS funding. We are ready and with your every step of the way in supporting you from every aspect.

On a side note, if you ever find yourself in a situation where your current SIL home is not suitable, you are always encouraged to reach out to the SDA Intake Team and find out what works for you. Also, for more information about the Supported Independent Living service, feel free to reach out to us now and leave us a message. Our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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