Supported Independent Living

You may need home health care if you are living alone and can’t cook, have trouble bathing or dressing yourself or need help moving around the house. You may also need a nurse to monitor your condition. Some home health agencies may be funded by Medicare, which covers 80% of the cost of services and equipment. If your home health agency doesn’t have Medicare funding, they should tell you this before giving you any services and supplies. They should also tell you what Medicare doesn’t cover, either by talking with you or in writing, and explain how much they charge for non-Medicare items.

supported independent living Sunshine Coast can be a great way to get home health care while staying close to your family and friends. With a friendly and skilled Direct Support Professional (DSP), you can spend time with your loved ones knowing that you have someone on hand to assist with the everyday tasks that might be difficult or impossible to do on your own.

A good SIL provider will focus on you as an individual and recognise that each person has unique goals, interests and preferences. They value their well-being and encourage them to be as active as possible while ensuring that their safety comes first. A good SIL provider will also teach them skills to live independently and provide the opportunity to learn new things.

The best way to find out if SIL is right for you is to discuss it with your NDIS planner and local area coordinator. They can then work with you to identify if SIL is a suitable option and then help you to make arrangements with a service provider.

If you decide that SIL is the best way to meet your needs, you will need to choose a service provider who is approved by the NDIS. They will prepare a roster of care which will outline the different supports you need and when you need them. This is usually written in half-hour blocks and will include the types of supports and the frequency of their delivery. They will also prepare a service agreement which sets out the pricing for each support type.

When you have a SIL arrangement in place, your NDIS plan will pay for all the necessary expenses associated with your accommodation and supports. It is important to remember that other NDIS plans can’t be used to pay for expenses covered by your SIL package.

At selectability, we have put together a free ebook on how to get started with supported independent living and what to expect from the process. You can download it here.

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