Recovery supports, accommodation and services – your way

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a new model of supported accommodation funded by the NDIS.

It provides in-home support, up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help individuals experiencing mental health challenges to live independently, usually in shared living arrangements. In certain high support situations SIL is also available for individual living arrangements.

Who is Supported Independent Living for?  

SIL services are suitable for people with a psychosocial disability aged between 18 to 65 years. There are three levels of need provided for under the NDIS SIL funding arrangements:

  • Lower need – provides supervision of living arrangements as a whole, including occasional prompting to undertake household tasks or self-care activities. This supervision is not usually provided 24/7.
  • Standard need –provides 24/7 support including active assistance or supervision of most daily tasks and regular inactive overnight support.
  • Higher need –provides intensive 24/7 support including continual active assistance with all daily tasks, specialised behaviour support and active overnight supervision support.

Your level of need will be determined by the NDIS planner assigned to you at the time of application.

Tailored support for your needs 

On entering our SIL accommodation, every resident is given choices to create an individual program of the supports required, to reflect how they want to live their life.

Support starts with everyday tasks like cleaning, cooking and personal care, with an aim to develop your skills to live as independently as possible.

For example, after working together to identify what areas of daily life you find most challenging, you may receive help with tasks including:

  • decision making, daily planning and budgeting
  • building skills for shopping and cooking for healthy eating
  • written communication and filling in forms
  • specialised behaviour support
  • maintaining a household
  • developing and maintaining connections with family and friends.

Richmond Wellbeing uses a mix of highly trained and experienced staff who can provide a safe and supportive environment.

Supported Independent Living

Every resident is given choices to create an individually tailored program of the supports they need, to reflect how they want to live their life.

Supported Independent Living Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to access Supported Independent Living, you need to fit the following criteria:

  • You require access to 24/7 support
  • You are over the age of 18
  • You have an NDIS Plan with approval for Supported Independent Living OR you have funding for Investigating Housing Solutions and expect that your Plan will include Supported Independent Living funding
How do I find out if I am eligible for the NDIS?

The easiest way is to contact Richmond Wellbeing on 1800 RICHMOND (1800 742 466). Richmond Wellbeing NDIS Services enable individuals to participate in a life with purpose. We can help you find out if you are eligible and work with you to develop your support plan. Alternatively, you can find information about eligibility on the NDIS website.

How do I access Supported Independent Living?

The first step to accessing SIL services is to apply to the NDIS. 

Once you have an NDIS Plan with approval for Supported Independent Living or you have funding for Investigating Housing Solutions and expect that your plan will include Supported Independent Living funding, Richmond Wellbeing can help you.

Email intake@rw.org.au or call our team on 1800 RICHMOND (1800 742 466) to discuss your needs.

Want to know more?

For further details about Supported Independent Living, including your eligibility, you needs and how to get started please email intake@rw.org.au or call our team on 1800 RICHMOND (1800 742 466).

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