What SIL and SDA can do for you

It is very possible to live an independent and fulfilling lifestyle, even when living with a disability resulting in very high care needs.

Two parts of the NDIS (SIL and SDA) address this by supporting people with very high care needs to be as independent as possible, whilst also receiving the daily support required to ensure a healthy and happy lifestyle.

With a little help from MS Queensland and the NDIS, you’ll be able to take control of life by making new connections, pursuing life goals and living with more freedom and flexibility

What is SIL (Supported Independent Living)?

Supported Independent Living refers to  daily support from Support Workers to ensure you have the best chance to live as independently as possible.

Some examples of our support includes:

  • Assistance with personal care to get you ready for the day
  • Cooking, cleaning and laundry
  • Support with transport and shopping
  • Adjusting to the local community

Depending on the context, SIL can mean different things for different people – especially based on the level of support you need.

Basically, there are 3 levels of support for SIL:

Lower support needs

This level of support is for people who might need supervision with daily activities, but is usually not on a 24/7 basis.

Standard support needs

This level of support works on a 24/7 basis and will help with overseeing a variety of daily tasks. Carers or support staff can sleep over in accommodation so support is close at hand.

Complex support need

This level of support works on a 24/7 basis and supports individuals with continual assistance throughout the day for personal care and complex medical needs.

This is the level of support people in MS Queensland apartments receive, due to our support model within our Specialist Disability Accommodation.

If you’re considering accommodation for yourself or someone close to you but are after more information, call us and we can help fill in the blanks.

What is SDA (Supported Disability Accommodation)?

Supported Disability Accommodation refers to accommodation built specifically for people with very high support needs. They are purpose-designed to maximise accessibility and liveability. Essentially, the main purpose of SDA housing is minimise the amount of support someone might need in their home from other people, such as Support Workers or informal supports. SDA refers to the bricks and mortar that can be designed in such a way to make your space as functional as possible for you.

As with other funding under the NDIS, your SDA funding is spent on how and where you want to live.

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What makes Supported Disability Accommodation different?

It’s required under the NDIS that SDA meets set criteria to make sure your apartments are equipped to give you the best opportunity to live as independently as possible.

Some examples of what can make an SDA home different are*:

  • Accessible bench-tops for cooking
  • Wheelchair accessible bathrooms and amenities
  • Hoists and other assistive equipment
  • Smart technology eg. Touch and voice activation of lights, window coverings etc.

*Features will differ depending on the building and SDA provider

Because of the nature of Specialist Disability Accommodation, not many people on the NDIS will receive SDA funding – approximately only 6%.

It’s important to make sure that if you think you currently need, or may need SDA funding as a part of your plan, that you let as know as soon as possible so that we can best prepare you for success in the application process.

Your life, your way

With SDA and SIL provided, you or a loved one can look forward to having a lifestyle. This could be anything from being an involved member of the community to taking up new hobbies and pursuits. Our job is to assist you in what you want to achieve by tailoring services to your needs.

If you’re interested in our accommodation and want to talk more about how we can help, call us.


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