Breaking Down the Basics of Supported Independent Living: Empowering Individuals to Live Independently

For many people with disabilities, everyday tasks can be a challenge. From cooking meals to paying bills, these daily activities can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Luckily, there is a solution: supported independent living. Supported Independent Living (SIL) ensures that individuals with disabilities can live independently with the necessary support and assistance. In this blog post, we'll break down the basics of Supported Independent Living and explain how it can empower individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a program under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that offers assistance with daily tasks to help individuals with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives. This unique program gives people the freedom to tailor support services to their specific needs, which can range from personal care and household management to transportation. The program can be delivered in various settings, such as a person's own home, shared living arrangements or a designated SIL facility.

How does SIL empower Individuals?

SIL supports individuals to attain the independence they need to thrive and participate fully in their communities. With personalised support that is tailored to their unique needs, individuals with disabilities can gain the confidence and skills to grow emotionally and socially. SIL empowers individuals to:

  • Make decisions about their lives.
  • Manage day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.
  • Develop life skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting and traveling.
  • Participate in social activities and pursue interests.
  • Explore and pursue educational, vocational or employment opportunities.

Am I eligible for SIL?

Eligibility for SIL is determined by the NDIS or its providers. To access SIL, a person must be an NDIS participant with funding in their plan for daily tasks. Your NDIS plan manager will work with you to determine the level and frequency of support you need. An SIL provider can help you set up the necessary arrangements, including finding the right accommodation and support staff.

What about cost?

NDIS covers the cost of Supported Independent Living for eligible participants. The cost of the program is determined based on the level and frequency of support required to facilitate independent living. SIL providers can help you develop a support plan that is tailored to your needs and designed to be cost-effective.


Supported Independent Living is an essential program that empowers individuals with disabilities to live independent, fulfilling and meaningful lives. If you or a loved one is an NDIS participant, you may be eligible for this program. To find out more, locate an SIL provider in your area, like Aurora Community Care, who will be happy to discuss your options and help you decide on the available support services. Contact Aurora Community Care today to learn how we can help you with your SIL needs.

Posted in Not-for-Profit blogs on November 19 at 09:17 PM

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