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What is supported independent living?

Under Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Supported Independent Living is normally available to those who need support in their daily lives and who usually live in shared accommodation. Supported Independent Living funding pays for the support people need to become more independent and learn new skills. This includes funding for carers to help with tasks like getting dressed, taking a shower, or cooking and eating.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living provides support to develop the skills and independence of someone living in the community. This may include help with everyday tasks, such as cooking, personal care and medication management. It may also include help with managing finances, building social and communication skills, and regular household tasks.

Who qualifies for Supported Independent Living?

NDIS participants can apply for Supported Independent Living services under their NDIS plan. So, the NDIS will pay for support workers to help participants in their homes. Such funding has to be planned and approved. An NDIS local area coordinator will decide if supported living arrangements are appropriate for you. To secure the right services, you can ask for help from a support coordinator, or research service providers yourself.

When might Supported Independent Living be an option?

You might think about Supported Independent Living if you would like to become more independent in your accommodation while still receiving daily support. For example, your current living arrangements may not be suitable for you due to your disability. You may have issues accessing the kitchen or toilet, cooking meals or managing your medication. Living in shared accommodation may give you a higher quality of life and generally be more suited to your needs.

Who funds Supported Independent Living?

The NDIS covers the costs for approved NDIS participants of support they need for daily life through their NDIS plan. This must meet the criteria that the assistance is reasonable and necessary. Supported Independent Living funding does not cover the costs of food, electricity, clothing, rent or mortgage payments. Neither does it cover the costs of helping you to find a home. If you need extra assistance for this, local authorities are responsible for providing social and affordable housing. However, there may be waiting times to access this type of accommodation. The Australian Government funds the Disability Support Pension, and can also help with the costs of rent and utilities.

How does Supported Independent Living work?

A Supported Independent Living service provider, will help you to decide what help you need. They can explain the types of support, and how it can be provided. After everything is agreed between you and the NDIS, you can hire a service provider.

Supported Independent Living providers.

Supported Independent Living providers can be found all around Australia to help those living with a disability to achieve increased independence in their own home. Supported living providers are experienced in helping people to live independently, and create their own comfortable homes. The aim is to develop a home that is suitable for participants where they can live the life that they choose.

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