Benefits of Supported Independent Living (SIL) Plans for Participants

Supported independent living is provided to those NDIS participants trying to live by themselves while developing various life skills. It is one of many options one can receive while trying to live independently.  

Funds are provided to support workers who help participants live in their homes. NDIS stands for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It is disability support, where approximately 22 billion dollars will be provided to over 500,000 disabled Australians. 

Here, information and connections to various amenities such as doctors, schools, libraries and so on will be provided to participants so as to help them out in their independent lifestyle. 

Today, supported independent living benefits a number of people with their day to day activities and goals. Let’s look at the most important benefits of SIL for patrons.

1. Becoming Independent

When one chooses to be independent, they get to have more freedom. You make your own decisions and overall live the life you want to live. But when people with a disability require certain support and assistance, the SIL plan provides them support with:

  • Daily personal care that helps them out with dressing up and taking showers
  • Developing social and communication skills
  • Managing their budget and household
  • Improve in essential daily life skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and so on
  • Other necessary support such as help with sleep or mental health

Being independent, requests for support can be done at any given point in time. Moreover, meeting friends and family can be done without any restrictions.

2. Finding a Community

One of the main benefits of SIL for participants is that they try to match you with people of similar interests. Living arrangements are made so that participants are matched with other house members of similar age.

This helps in improving one’s friend circle. But there are other benefits as well. It makes patrons more social and allows them to make new friends. When a part of shared homes, there is normally a general kitchen, living space or entertainment area. 

This is where people get to socialise and communicate with one another. This helps with their mental health and well-being, at the same time making sure that they aren’t alone.

3. Safety

Safety is very important for anyone. As an NDIS participant, safety is one of the most crucial factors while trying to stay independent. Being in a community, a sense of safety is ensured. 

This is done by giving patrons access to highly trained support workers available when needed. These support workers are trained for any emergency situation and also to look out for the safety of the community members.

When you share communal areas with other members of a house, you always have your room as your own private place. Here you are free to do anything you wish to do, especially knowing that there is help close to you whenever required.

4. Support and Assistance

While newly moving into a community and doing things on your own, it takes time to adapt. Getting used to your surroundings, new people, developing new habits all take time. 

The support staff is present to listen to you and understand so as to help you with anything you need. They make sure to help you out with life goals or even various tasks so that you can live as independently as possible.

There is also a wide range of aged care and disability care services. There is an availability of various essential products from raised toilet seats to special knives and forks. 

There are also health professionals present to look after your mental health and also your physical health. There are also people to help out the aged with day-to-day work.

5. Personalised Care

Here you receive personalised assistance with various daily tasks, that include either help or supervision with day to day tasks. The care that will be provided includes:

  • Help with bathing, grooming, skin care, toileting and other hygiene-related issues
  • Assistance with eating or diet care
  • Help with moving around the house
  • Application of first aid or help with any injuries caused due to the person’s disability

Conclusion

SIL is generally for those who require a lot of help with day to day tasks or even life goals. It is very beneficial as there is always someone there to assist you when required. 

From the simplest tasks to helping you reach your desired goals, there are always support workers at your service. 

Living independently can really help out individuals with their tasks and goals and now they can be more confident with their decision due to the support provided by the SIL plans. 

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