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Understanding Supported Independent Living: A Brief Guide

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Are you living with a disability, or do you know someone who is? Supported Independent Living can provide vital resources and assistance for those with disabilities to help them live more meaningful and independent lives. Understanding supported independent living and the services that it can offer can be immensely beneficial.  

This blog post will provide an overview of what supported independent living is, why it is essential and how it can help people with disabilities achieve greater independence.

What Exactly Is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a model of care for adults with disabilities to help them live independently in their homes. This support can be provided by family, friends and carers, or it can be purchased from residential services offering home-based care. SIL enables people with disabilities to maintain autonomy and control over their lives while having access to the assistance they need.

The purpose of SIL is to provide personalised assistance tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. Professional support staff can assist in developing skills that promote independent living, such as money management, cooking, communication, social networking and mobility skills. Support staff can also offer guidance on health and safety issues, self-advocacy and connecting individuals with community resources.

There are no single eligibility criteria for assisted independent living, as each person’s needs can vary significantly. Generally, those eligible for SIL will have difficulty performing specific tasks or activities related to daily living, such as eating, grooming or bathing due to disability, illness or aging.

When Is Supported Independent Living Necessary?

There are certain situations when SIL may be necessary. It can be helpful for those who have physical or mental health issues that make it difficult for them to live independently without assistance. For example, someone with a traumatic brain injury may require medication support and daily activities such as shopping, housekeeping, and basic hygiene. 

Collaborating with a supported independent living service provider, you will develop a care roster to determine the type and frequency of assistance you require.

It will describe the different forms of aid, who will provide it, and when. Typically, the manifest is printed in half-hour increments. The roster will also include the type, proportion and support cost.

After you and the NDIS have approved everything, you can hire a service provider.

What Is NDIS? 

National Disability Insurance Scheme or NDIS is a national scheme that helps Australians with permanent and significant disabilities to gain support and access to services. The NDIS provides people with disabilities with the care and support they need to participate in the community and live their best lives. 

It is a comprehensive system that provides funding and access to services that cover everything from everyday living expenses to transportation, equipment, therapies, and more.

Who Pays for Supported Independent Living?

If the NDIS approves your request for assisted independent living, the NDIS will pay for the necessary support services to care for you in your current living situation. It must meet the NDIS funding requirements for reasonable and required assistance.

In some cases for Non-NDIS participants, The Australian Government funds Commonwealth Rent Assistance to assist with renting expenses.


By understanding the basics of SIL, you can decide whether this programme is suitable for those you care about. The best way to ensure these individuals have the best possible quality of life is to discuss the details with their carers or health professionals. With some support and understanding, Supported Independent Living can help empower people with disabilities to make the most of independent living.

If you need supported independent living services, OSAN ABILITY is here! Our team of experienced Support Coordinators provides tailored services to meet the individualised needs of our clients. Contact us now!

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