If you are living with a disability, you may consider moving to supported independent living. This is when a person with disabilities relies on community support to achieve their goals and aspirations. In this article, you will explore what Supported Independent Living (SIL) is, how it works and if it’s right for you.
What is independent living?
Independent living is a type of disability support that allows disabled people to live independently. It’s not the same as separate living in the community, when a person lives alone or with roommates in their apartment or house. This means they don’t have any support from staff or other people.
Independent living isn’t the same as living in a group home. These are places where several disabled people live together under one roof, but they still receive support from staff members who are there to help them with daily activities and keep them safe if necessary. The primary difference between these two types of settings is that in an apartment building, there would be more than one tenant per unit, while a group home usually houses just one tenant per room (or more).
Who provides supported living services?
- Supported living service providers can be government, non-government, or privately run. Government-funded providers will contract with your local council to provide supported living services to you. Private and non-government-funded providers are not contractually obliged to offer the same support as a ‘local authority’ provider.
- The type of provider you choose will depend on what level of support you need and where in Australia you live. For example, many state governments offer different types of support for people with disabilities (for example, community support packages), which include assistance with personal care needs such as dressing and feeding; meal preparation; home management skills training; activity programs; home maintenance assistance, etc.).
Where can a person live in supported independence?
You can live in a shared home, apartment, flat, or house. You can also live in your place and be part of a household where other people live with you.
How do you know if you qualify for supported independence?
If you are over 16 years old and have an impairment or disability that means you need help to carry out the activities of daily living (personal care), then this service may be right for you. If your mental health problems mean it’s not safe for you to live alone, this service could also be suitable.
Is there government funding for SIL?
There is no government funding for SIL. However, some grants available may help towards the cost of SIL. These can only be accessed in certain areas and are unavailable to everyone.
You will need to apply for a disability grant from your local council to get help with funding SIL services. It’s worth checking if you can get any other money through local charities like churches or community groups.
The benefits of Supported Independent Living
Supported Independent living is an essential service because it allows disabled people to live independently in the community. This means they can have their own home and make their own decisions. They can choose who they live with, what they do with their time, and how they spend their money. They also get support from a personal assistant or carer who helps them manage things like cooking meals or shopping for food. This gives them control over many aspects of their life, which is very valuable to most people!
The benefits of SIL are clear to see. The most important thing is that by giving disabled people the freedom to live independently, SIL allows them to live as everyday life as possible and helps reduce their reliance on others. It also gives them an opportunity for self-development, which can benefit all in some way or another.
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