The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provides individualised support for Aussies with permanent and significant disability. This support helps them live an ordinary life. Independent living support is one key type of support the NDIS funds so participants can live independently in their communities.
NDIS takes an individualised, goals-based approach, tailoring supports to each person’s needs and aspirations. This provides flexibility to change supports as circumstances change.
By funding supports for daily living, mobility, transport etc, NDIS enables people with disabilities to actively participate in their communities and access social and economic opportunities.
Independent living supports can replace the need for more costly institutionalised care like nursing homes. This benefits individuals and the wider economy.
NDIS has helped make disability supports more consistent, transparent and accessible nationally, reducing previous fragmentation across states and services.
NDIS represents a shift towards providing reasonable and necessary supports as a right, rather than welfare. This upholds basic human rights and dignity.
With the right supports, more Australians with disabilities can engage in mainstream employment and education, increasing economic productivity.
Accessing NDIS support for independent living involves confirming eligibility as an NDIS participant then discussing your needs and goals with a planner. This conversation establishes the type and duration of support required to increase your autonomy in daily living. The planner collaborates to arrange suitable support options through registered providers, emphasizing personalized, flexible assistance.
NDIS supported independent living can empower a wide range of people with disabilities to take control of their lives. Those who stand to benefit include:
This includes people with physical, intellectual, sensory, neurological or psychosocial disabilities. Having support to live independently in the community can greatly improve quality of life.
For young people with disabilities, SIL can assist with the transition to living independently as an adult. This includes help with daily tasks and participating in the community.
As people age, disabilities can emerge or worsen, making it harder to live independently. SIL provides supports for daily living to allow older people to age in place.
An illness, injury or accident can result in a sudden need for disability supports. SIL helps people adjust and gain independence in their changed circumstances.
Those with high care needs that require daily assistance can receive more comprehensive SIL supports for personal care, household tasks, transport and community access.
SIL provides an alternative to institutionalized care for those at risk of being placed in a nursing home, hospital or other facility unnecessarily.
By providing formal supports, SIL reduces the care burden on families and caregivers to enhance relationships and improve quality of life.
The NDIS provides funding for Supported Independent Living (SIL) services to assist eligible participants to live as autonomously as possible. SIL takes a person-centered approach with supports tailored to each individual’s needs and goals. Here are some factors that contribute to our NDIS Supported Independent Living Service.
This encompasses personal care activities like showering, dressing, grooming, eating and using the toilet. The NDIS can fund disability support workers to assist people who need help with these daily tasks due to physical, cognitive or intellectual disabilities. The level of support depends on individual needs.
For people unable to carry out household activities independently, the NDIS can provide funding for helpers to assist with cleaning, washing clothes, ironing, shopping for groceries, meal preparation and other tasks required to maintain their home environment. This enables people to continue living safely and comfortably in their own home.
Some people need support to engage in community, social and recreational activities. NDIS funding can be used to pay for a support worker to accompany and assist a person to access the community, engage in hobbies, attend appointments or go shopping. Transport assistance such as specialised taxis may also be included in plans.
Where appropriate, individuals can use NDIS funding to enroll in training programs that build skills for independent living. These may cover areas like cooking, cleaning, budgeting, road safety, catching public transport, personal care skills and more.
For those requiring ongoing clinical care for their disability, NDIS plans can include funding for nursing services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other therapeutic services. These allied health professionals help manage disability-related needs.