Supported independent living at Arafura Care & Support Services is where the participants can live as independently as possible. It can sometimes be a group of people sharing a home together or one person receiving support in their own home. Many of the NDIS participants cannot live on their own or with their families, and hence shared accommodation is a suitable place for them. Here they can receive day-to-day support on 24/7, keeping their requirements in mind.
In supported independent living, everyone in the household must get along well. Therefore, we match the housemates based on their compatibility and shared hobbies.
Supported independent living under NDIS refers to two and several people sharing a home while the bedroom for each is private.
It is a form of help or support in daily tasks to supervise the participants to live independently as possible while their skills also develop during this time. This form of support is paid and is commonly offered in shared living arrangements.
Factors to consider
Consider the following before opting for the supported independent living arrangement:
- Goals for the living arrangements and the support needed for the daily tasks in living independently.
- If alternative supports can work in favour as well.
- If the necessary support to be sufficient for the participant.
If the support confirms to the reasonable and necessary criteria of the NDIS funding.
- Assistance in managing money and learning how to budget
- Help in cooking and preparation of meals
- Cleaning and laundry
- Using public transport to travel to family, friends or workplace
- Personal care including showering and dressing
- Household and community activities
Levels of support available
Every participant’s disability is unique and will have different support requirements as well. NDIS has three levels of support that is funded in supported independent living:
- Lower needs: supports that are not on a 24/7 basis and includes supervision of living arrangements.
- Standard needs: 24/7 support, including assistance and management of all daily tasks and overnight sleepovers of the support workers.
- Higher needs: active support 24/7 including overnight and frequent with challenging behaviour support and even assistance with daily tasks.
Finding a suitable supported independent living home
It is better to raise it in your NDIS planning meeting if living independently is a personal goal to work towards. Once it is included in your NDIS plan, your support coordinator can support service providers regarding a suitable supported independent living provider and the vacancies.
However, deciding to live independently requires a lot of preparation, both physically and mentally. It can be a long process for many, and one needs to work towards it gradually.
NDIS offers vital support and assistance to the participants and brings choice and control in their life, making them more independent. It also helps you by taking you closer to your life goals as detailed in the NDIS plan.
Also, if living independently is your life goal, then supporting independent living is immensely beneficial.
Moreover, it also offers you the opportunity to share supports with other participants in the home. You can split the cost, thereby reducing the expenses of your own package.