SUPPORTED INDEPENDENT LIVING (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is help and/or supervision of daily tasks within the home, from a paid support worker, to assist you build life skills so you can live as independently as possible.

OC Connections offer a range of Supported Independent Living (SIL) options to support your individual needs within our community homes. These options help you to achieve your greatest level of independence, so you can live a life that reflects your own choices and goals.

As an NDIS participant, you may be eligible for SIL funding. Funding is available for people who rent privately, own their own home, live with others, or live in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Access to our SIL environments can vary according to property ownership and your plan’s inclusions.

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We support you, with independent living

Our SIL Support Workers Help You with the Following Skill Development AND Household Tasks:

  • Support with personal care
  • Daily life skills such as cooking, cleaning, gardening and doing laundry
  • Support in budgeting and household management
  • Development of social and communication skills
  • Assistance with recreational activities undertaken within the home
  • Overnight support

OC Connections can offer SIL supports to individuals or a group of people inside the home.

What does Supported Independent Living funding cover?

SIL is a specific support, quoted and agreed upon.  It is not part of one’s flexible budget and cannot be used for any other purposes than those listed above. 

Everyday living expenses are not covered by Supported Independent Living funding and are required to be paid by the individual.

SIL is most suited to participants who need significant assistance everyday.

Eligibility for Supported Independent Living is determined against your needs, such as:

  • You have high support needs
  • Live in a home with other people (you can get Supported Independent Living if you live on your own, but other care supports might suit you better)
  • You are between the ages of 18 to 65 years
  • Your independence, living skills and capacity building needs
  • You need significant person-to-person supports due to your disability support needs

CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY ABOUT CURRENT Supported Independent Living VACANCIES

All of our Supported Independent Living (SIL) vacancies are in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) venues.  Therefore, to be eligible for one of our vacancies your plan needs to include both SDA and SIL.  Your SDA assessment needs to match the SDA Assessment of the house. Find out about our SDA houses here.

To discuss OC Connections Specialist Independent Living (SIL) options, please contact us via the enquiry form, email or on (03) 9569 0603

If you need help to investigate NDIS housing options, you may need the assistance of a Support Coordinator. You can speak to one of our Support Coordinators today by phoning (03) 9569 0603.

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WHY CHOOSE OC CONNECTIONS AS YOUR Supported Independent Living PROVIDER?

Like all of our service offerings, OC Connections Community Living focuses on person-centred active support as part of our Co Achieve model, so that people are in control of the support they need to live the life they choose.

We adopt an inclusive and collaborative approach true to our values of opportunity and choice, underpinned by our Co Achieve service model.

This model maps out a way to support individuals to achieve their goals at home, at work and doing activities throughout their day by asking the right questions, listening to each individual and their network of family and supports, and working together.

You can find out more about our Co Achieve service model here

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DEDICATED CARE

We have a dedicated team leader at every site with a committed team of support workers.

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TRAINED STAFF IN KEY AREAS OF SUPPORT

We are commited to employing trained staff and developing an annual training plan to keep our staff current in the key areas of support.

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A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO SUPPORT

We work closely with family, support coordination, allied health services and key stakeholders to get the best outcomes for the people we support.

Supported Independent Living FAQs

  • What is Supported Independent Living?

    Supported Independent Living (SIL) is support with activities of daily living within the home to assist participants to live as independently as possible, while building their life skills.

  • Does the NDIS cover Supported Independent Living?

    The NDIS provides funding for Supported Independent Living, based on whether this is a support that is reasonable and necessary for you. An individual must have SIL noted in their plan in order to access this funding.

    SIL is best suited for participants who have high support needs and require a significant amount of assistance throughout the day.

    During your planning meeting, your NDIS planner will consider a number of things when determining whether SIL is the right support for you, including:

    • Your individual circumstances and needs
    • Your age (18-65)
    • Your goals and preferences
    • Your independence, living skills and capacity-building needs
    • If modifications to your home or assistive technology may increase your independence and safety
    • Information, reports and assessments provided by you, health professionals and providers
    • If you need person-to-person support
    • Other home and living options that might suit you
    • What is value for money
  • What is the difference between SIL & SDA?

    SIL is the funding you receive to provide support within the home in order for you to live as independently as possible.  Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is dedicated accessible housing for NDIS participants. SDA properties include accessibility options.

    You can live in an SDA house while receiving SIL funding to assist you with your daily living activities.  You can receive SIL funding without the need for SDA.  This means you may not require specialist housing, but still require the levels of support that SIL provides.

  • Who is eligible for Supported Independent Living?

    To be eligible for SIL funding, you must be between the ages of 18-65, living with a disability and meet a variety of other criteria outlined here

    SIL is best suited for participants who have high support needs and require a significant amount of assistance throughout the day.

    During your planning meeting, your NDIS planner will consider a number of things when determining whether SIL is the right support for you, including:

    • Your individual circumstances and needs
    • Your age (18-65)
    • Your goals and preferences
    • Your independence, living skills and capacity-building needs
    • If modifications to your home or assistive technology may increase your independence and safety
    • Information, reports and assessments provided by you, health professionals and providers
    • If you need person-to-person support
    • Other home and living options that might suit you
    • What is value for money
  • Can You Use Supported Independent Living Funding for your own residence?

    Supported Independent Living happens in your own home, whether you live on your own or with other people.  Based on your needs, your planner will help you determine whether you are eligible for and if SIL is the best funding for your situation.  There may be other Individual Supports that suit you better. 

  • How do I organise Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

    If you and your NDIS planner determine if SIL is right for you, you can then come to us to discuss what SIL vacancies we have available.

    We will discuss with you your goals for your potential home and living arrangements and the support you need for daily tasks.  We will then determine if we have the supports available to assist you to reach your goals and if your SIL expectations can be met.  If you choose OC Connections as your SIL provider, we will work with you to develop a SIL quote which includes a Roster of Care based on your support needs and those of the other residents in your potential home to submit to NDIS, who will then consider the appropriate funding.

    Once the roster of care is agreed, SIL funding will be included in your NDIS plan.

  • Does OC Connections Have Any Vacancies for Supported Independent Living?
    • Yes, we do. All of our SIL vacancies are in SDA venues.  Therefore, you plan needs to include both SDA and SIL.  Your SDA assessment needs to match the SDA Assessment of the house.

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