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Is Supported Independent Living a Good Option for You?

Disabled children living independently with supported independent living

Supported Independent Living ( NDIS SIL) is a form of independent living support that helps people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. It provides help with everyday tasks, such as personal care, housekeeping, and transportation. It can also provide access to social activities, educational opportunities, and other activities of daily living. SIL is essential for people with disabilities who want to maintain independence and remain in their communities.

For many individuals with disabilities, SIL can provide the necessary help to live independently and safely. It can help people with a wide range of disabilities, including physical, intellectual, and developmental. It can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs. It can be provided in various settings, such as in the home, group home, residential care facility, or a supported living community.

For those considering SIL, it is crucial to evaluate the following factors shared by your trusted NDIS service provider to determine if supported independent living is the right option for them:

1. Level of Independence

The desired level of independence is a crucial factor when evaluating SIL. Individuals should consider how much independence they are comfortable with and how much support they require to maintain their independence. Knowing what services are available and how they can help maintain independence is essential in determining if SIL is appropriate. Additionally, individuals must be able to manage their care and be able to make decisions on their own.

2. Cost

When considering Supported Independent Living (SIL), it is crucial to evaluate the cost factor to determine if SIL is the right option for you. The cost of SIL can vary greatly depending on the services provided, the location of the residence, and the individual’s needs. Researching and comparing different providers is vital to determine the most cost-effective option.

Also, depending on the residence, individuals may be responsible for paying for their meals, transportation, utilities, and other expenses. It is essential to factor in these costs when determining if SIL is the right option.

3. Location

Location plays a key role in supporting independent living as it affects the quality of life and the available resources.

Location can impact the accessibility of services, such as public transportation, medical facilities, and social activities. To ensure that a person’s needs are being met, it is crucial to consider the proximity of these services to the residence. In addition, the neighborhood’s quality should also be considered. Safety, noise levels, and access to local amenities should all be evaluated. 

4. Support Services

Support services are critical when determining whether SIL is your best option.

Support services are resources and assistance that are available to help you live independently. These services provide you with the support you need to manage daily tasks and activities, as well as provide emotional and social support. Common support services include assistance with transportation, meals, personal care, medication management, and other daily activities.

When evaluating support services, it is important to determine which services you need and how often you will need them. For example, if you require assistance with meals and transportation, you may need to consider how often you will need these services and if they are available. 

5. Socialisation

Socialisation is an important factor in determining if SIL is the right option for someone. SIL provides an opportunity for individuals to live independently while still having access to the support they need.

The level of socialisation offered in SIL depends on the housing and the individual’s individual needs. Some SIL residences have communal areas where individuals can interact with one another and engage in activities together. In other SIL residences, individuals may have their own living space and may not have many opportunities for socialising.

SIL can be an excellent opportunity for individuals to engage in meaningful social activities and build relationships with people in their own and other communities. However, if the level of socialisation provided is not adequate, SIL may not be the right option for someone.


The support provided by a Supported Independent Living provider can help individuals to stay healthy, safe, and connected to their community. It also provides individuals with the opportunity to develop skills, build relationships and be active participants in their community. Ultimately, the decision to choose SIL is a personal one. Considering all of the factors discussed above is essential to determine if SIL is the right option for you. If you decide it is indeed the best option for you, you can start looking for a trusted NDIS service provider in your area.

OSAN ABILITY is an NDIS registered provider in Sydney specialising in disability support and accommodation, allied health, in-home aged care, and domestic assistance, among others. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services!

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