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What is Supported Independent Living (SIL) ?

Updated: May 8, 2023

Sunnysights specialises in SIL, but what does this means and look like?

We look at the NDIS, SIL and how we navigate it together to get the best outcomes for the people we support.

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What is SIL?

SIL stands for supported independent living and provides funding for NDIS participants who require support with 'daily tasks'. The purpose of which is to help you live as independently as possible. These ‘daily tasks’ include things like having a person assist you in cooking, cleaning and personal care.

SIL is most commonly used in shared living arrangements and for people with high support needs, who need help nearly all the time.

Once SIL is chosen as the best option and a provider is chosen by the participant, the provider must create and submit a 'Roster of Care’ to the NDIS. This document outlines the supports needed for the participant in their home. Once approved by the NDIS, the SIL provider should share this with all stakeholders of the participant. Transparency is absolutely key to ensure all parties are in agreement on the level of support needed. It is hugely helpful if the participant has begun or already has approval for SIL, as this process can be convoluted and take time. That being said, it really can change lives.

If you choose your provider carefully and get to know the staff it can open up a new chapter in your life.

There is, of course, much more but I wanted to share this snippet to hopefully shed some light on SIL. I’ll also share more info on staffing and other important components. If you'd like to learn more about SIL or speak to Sunnysights please get in touch. Good luck

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