What does SIL funding include?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides crucial funding and support for Australians with permanent and significant disabilities. One essential type of funding available is Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding. This funding assists participants over 18 years old with high support requirements related to their disability to live as independently as possible within their community.

SIL provides subsidies and assistance across a wide range of areas to give participants more choice and control over where they live and who they live with. But what exactly does SIL funding cover? Read on as we explore the diverse support that SIL provides NDIS participants under several key categories.

Assistance with Daily Living Activities

A major component of SIL funding is to subsidise support workers that can assist participants with daily personal care and living activities that they have difficulty completing independently due to their disability. This can include:

  • Personal Care – Funding is provided for support workers to aid participants with showering, bathing, grooming, dressing and using the toilet if required. The amount funded depends on each participant’s needs, which are assessed during the planning process.
  • Meal Preparation – Support workers can assist participants with shopping, meal planning, cooking, feeding if needed and cleaning up after meals. This enables participants to have nutritious food while living independently.
  • Mobility – Support workers can provide physical assistance with transferring in and out of bed, positioning in wheelchairs and standing equipment and moving about the home environment.
  • Medication – Workers can assist in administering medication, ordering prescriptions and liaising with pharmacies if participants require help managing medications.
  • Domestic Assistance – Funding covers support workers to help with general house cleaning, laundry, ironing and other domestic tasks that participants struggle with due to disability.

 

The number of hours funded for support worker assistance will depend on the individual’s needs. SIL takes a flexible approach to providing reasonable and necessary funding for daily personal care.

In-Home Therapeutic Supports

In addition to assistance with daily living activities, SIL provides funding for participants to access allied health services within their own homes. This includes:

  • Physiotherapy – Funding for an in-home physiotherapist to work on mobility, strength, balance and coordination. Helps maximise independence.
  • Occupational Therapy – Occupational therapists can provide assessments, recommend equipment and assistive technology, design and install home modifications, provide therapy to improve skills, prescribe wheelchairs and seating systems, and deliver capacity-building supports including training for carers. The focus is on maximising independence in activities of daily living.
  • Speech Pathology – Help develop communication skills and manage difficulties with eating and swallowing safely.
  • Psychology – Support with self-esteem, emotional regulation, interpersonal skills, anxiety, depression and behavioural concerns.
  • Dietetics – To ensure optimal nutrition, manage health conditions and advice on managing swallowing/feeding issues.
  • Podiatry – Assessment and treatment of foot conditions along with advice on appropriate footwear and mobility aids.

 

Funding therapeutic services at home removes access barriers and provides individualised therapy focused on the participant’s goals around maximising independence.

Specialised Equipment, Aids and Home Modifications

SIL funding covers the costs of any specialised disability-related equipment, products and home modifications required by participants. This includes:

  • Mobility and Transfer Aids – Funding for essential mobility equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, and standing frames. Also covers electric beds, hoists, slide sheets, transfer boards, and stairlifts.
  • Communication Aids – Speech-generating devices, hearing aids, magnifiers and other aids if required.
  • Continence Products – Funding for continence products like pads, catheters and handheld urinals if needed.
  • Personal Aids – Specialised cutlery, plates or cups that enable independent eating and drinking.
  • Home Modifications – Installation of grab rails, ramps, lifts, accessible bathrooms or kitchens and other modifications.
  • Vehicle Modifications – Funding to modify private vehicles for accessibility if essential.
  • Comfort Equipment – Specialised bedding, seating or Braille labelling if required for independence and comfort.

 

SIL takes an individualised approach to provide the aids and equipment each participant needs to maximise functioning and independence at home.

Assistance Animals

Where an assistance animal is reasonable and necessary for a participant’s independence and living arrangements, the costs of the trained animal can be funded under SIL. This includes:

  • Training and Ongoing Handling – The specialised training of the assistance animal and ongoing training for the participant in handling techniques. Funding helps access accredited service animal organisations.
  • Food, Grooming, Veterinary – The costs of food, grooming, veterinary treatments, insurance and other associated animal expenses can be covered.
  • Boarding – If the participant requires hospitalisation or temporary accommodation where the animal cannot accompany them, boarding expenses may be funded.

 

Assistance animals like guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, mobility assistance dogs and psychiatric assistance animals provide crucial help for participants to live independently. SIL provides the funding for these highly trained animals for eligible participants with appropriate evidence and assessments.

Building Participant and Carer Skills and Capability

SIL has a focus on capacity building to equip participants and their informal or family carers with knowledge and skills to enhance independence. SIL can fund:

  • Disability Management – Training for the participant to build self-care and domestic skills relevant to their situation. Helps develop problem-solving and decision-making when managing their disability.
  • Peer Support – Funding to access peer support groups and mentors assist participants in adjusting to disability. Connecting with those with shared experience builds capacity.
  • Carer Training – Equips family and informal carers with knowledge of the disability, care techniques, positive behaviour supports and ways to look after their own health and wellbeing as a carer.
  • Financial Literacy – Training on budgeting, bill paying and financial management assists in living independently.

 

Building capacity leads to more sustainable independent living arrangements for NDIS participants over the long term.

Securing Appropriate Housing

SIL provides funding across three areas when it comes to assisting participants secure housing:

  • Administering a Housing Needs Assessment – specialised assessors can work with the participant to evaluate current housing and determine the accessibility, design, location and other features they require in their home.
  • Researching Appropriate Housing – brokers can undertake searches for suitable long-term accommodation based on the housing needs assessment. They assist participants to identify and apply for appropriate independent living options.
  • Transition into Housing – SIL provides short-term assistance for care and support when a participant initially transitions into new housing to develop skills and routines within their new environment.

 

Having a suitable and stable home environment is crucial for the participant’s well-being. SIL funding facilitates this.

Financial Assistance with Rental and Tenancy

Once appropriate housing has been secured, SIL provides various means of financial assistance related to rental and tenancy:

  • Rental Subsidies and Bonds – Short to medium-term rental assistance is available including help paying the initial bond if required. Ongoing rental top-ups can be provided based on affordability.
  • Utilities and Maintenance – Help cover the costs of utilities like electricity, water and gas. Also provides subsidies for general repairs and maintenance to ensure accessible housing standards.
  • Technical Aids and Appliances – Funding to install or maintain disability-specific appliances required in the home like flashing alarms or easy-to-use stoves.

 

This financial assistance delivers stability and enables participants to secure and maintain appropriate rental accommodation.

SIL – Maximising Independence

As shown, SIL funding under the NDIS provides holistic support across a wide spectrum of areas so that participants can maximise independence. It focuses on flexibility and individual choice, catering reasonable and necessary funding to a participant’s specific circumstances and goals.

Contact our NDIS specialists today to discuss accessing SIL funding or check your eligibility for the NDIS. We’re here to help you navigate the NDIS so that you can live as independently as possible.

Am I eligible?

Get Started Now.

If you are aged between 7 and 65, we can help you to understand the NDIS, apply and connect with other government and community supports.

If you have a child aged under 7, an early childhood partner can provide supports to children before they apply, and let families know if the NDIS is right for their child.

Yes. Go to the next question.
No. I have a child aged under 7. Find out more about Help for children under 7.

No. I’m over 65. You must be under 65 to access the NDIS. You may be able to access other supports.
Yes. Go to the next question.

No. You may be able to access other supports. The NDIS is only available to:

Yes. Go to the next question.
No. You may be able to access other supports. The NDIS is only available to people who live in Australia.
Yes. Go to the next question.
No. The NDIS is only available to people who have a disability caused by a permanent impairment. The impairment may be intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, physical, or psychosocial.
No. Go to the next question.
No. Go to the next question.
No. The NDIS may not be the best way to support you. But a local area coordinator can help you connect with other government and community supports.
It seems you may be eligible for NDIS support. Need expert advise? contact us now.
Or, find some useful links below: