The Difference Between Supported Independent Living and Specialised Disability Accommodation

Independent Living

Today, more than ever, it is important for people to be able to get the support they need to live full, independent lives, no matter their disability. The NDIS and NDIA has recognised this need and have introduced two new types of accommodation to support people with disabilities – Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialised Disability Accommodation (SDA).

If you or a family member have an NDIS plan, you may have heard these two terms: SIL and SDA But, what’s the difference between the two? In this post, we outline the key differences between SIL and SDA to help you make an informed decision about the best type of accommodation for your needs.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a form of disability accommodation that helps people with disabilities to live independently in the community. This often refers to funding a support worker to help them with everyday tasks and the building of life skills.

Supported Independent Living may include help with:

  • Personal care and hygiene
  • Household tasks such as shopping, cooking and cleaning
  • Medical needs such as taking medication, medication management
  • Behaviour and social skills
  • Helping to achieve goals such as learning to drive or finding a job

NDIS Supported Independent Living funding is provided on 3 levels.  ‘Lower needs’ covers regular supervision, ‘standard needs’ covers around-the-clock active assistance, and ‘higher needs’ cover continuous and complex aid.

The Benefits Of SIL

There are many benefits of Supported Independent Living, including:

  • The ability to maintain social and community connections
  • Increased independence
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • A sense of belonging and contribution

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation?

While similar to supported independent living, specialist disability accommodation is NDIS funding given to participants with functional impairments or highly complex support needs. 

These participants typically cannot live in conventional housing and require a variety of adaptions and access to specialised services and support. 

The beneficiaries can either live independently or share the place with others, depending on their personal needs. SDA refers to the home, apartment or unit an individual would live in.

The Benefits Of SDA

There are many benefits to SDA, which include:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Greater independence and control
  • Ability to engage in social and community activities
  • Increased safety and security

The Differences

Specialised Disability Accommodation is different from Supported Independent Living because it is purpose-built or modified to meet the unique needs of people with high support needs.

On the other hand, SIL refers to the onsite supports and daily living services that help develop the skills of house members to live as autonomously as possible.

Finding What Is Best For You

When it comes to finding the right type of accommodation, it is important to understand your needs and what type of support you require.

If you need help understanding your options, Sapphire Support is ready to assist. As a leading Disability Support Service Provider in Sunshine Coast they have extensive experience in supporting people with physical and intellectual disabilities and developmental delays.

Within their services, they offer a strong support system with the aim of providing individuals and families with the information, guidance and resources necessary they need.

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