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  • Writer's pictureKate Bradshaw

Housing and Support Options under NDIS

If you are looking for supported accommodation options, there are a number of different housing solutions and supports available to consider for your unique situation.

Supported Independent Living (SIL), Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Independent Living Options (ILO) are three options available under the NDIS. If your plan includes any of these options, it’s important that you have a good understanding of what you can expect from your accommodation support.

Supported Independent Living

Supported Independent Living provides assistance to participants with daily tasks to help develop the skills we all need to live as independently as possible. Supports are provided to a participant in their home and can be in a shared or individual arrangement. Assistance provided to a participant will be included as part of their plan depending on the level of support they require to live independently in the housing option of their choice. Assistance and Support can include:

  • Supports that build people's capacity to live independently in the community, supports to improve living skills, money and household management, social and communication skills and behavioural management

  • Home modifications to the participant's own home or a private rental property and on a case-by-case basis in social housing

  • Support with personal care, such as assistance with showering and dressing

  • Help around the home where the participant is unable to undertake these tasks due to their disability, such as assistance with cleaning and laundry.

People who live in SIL receive daily support with tasks including cleaning, cooking, social and medical needs, banking, grocery shopping, attending appointments, and help with personal care (such as showering and dressing).

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

SDA refers to the home, apartment or unit an individual would live in. SDA is not funds towards support services, but to the home in which the supports are delivered, the bricks and mortar. Participants will either live independently in their home or with others, depending on their unique needs. They will also be able to choose the housing solutions appropriate for their individual circumstances.

Funding through NDIS is only available to a small proportion of participants with very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria. SDA funding is intended to cover any disability-related housing expenses that are above the ordinary costs of housing and does not refer to person-to-person support services.

Independent Living Options (ILO)

Where we live, who we live with and the supports to live the life we want are very important to everyone. Individual Living Options focus on working with participants and their family to consider their needs and preferences, and design a flexible package of supports.

Implementation often happens in stages and the package includes a primary support approach and supplementary supports. Once established the living arrangement is closely monitored and fine-tuned. The following describe a variety of living arrangements under the ILO heading.

  • Co-Residency –  support resides full time or part time in the participant's home 

  • Host Arrangements – participant resides full time in the home of a non related host who provides support 

  • Living Alone –  support is provided in the home of the participant in a variety of ways 

  • Living Together – participant lives with other people of their choice and receives support  

Individual living options are often a viable alternative to a group home. 

The NDIS encourage and support the introduction of ILO models in participant plans and are currently developing an ILO policy. Current ILO arrangements will be maintained in participant plans.

Quality Health Care has a number of housing options available throughout Sydney. If you would like to know more about our NDIS services and supports please click here.

If you want to view our SIL and SDA properties in more detail, please look at the SIL properties by clicking on the following link.

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