Supported Independent Living

Our SIL support workers provide consistent supervision and skill building in a shared home owned by Hunter Care Group.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) involves shared supports with other housemates. We will develop a roster of care in the beginning to identify the supports each participant needs throughout the week.

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a service that assists people with a disability to foster their autonomy and capacity to lead more fulfilling lives. This shared living experience may be available to individuals with SIL funding in their NDIS plan.

At Hunter Care Group, our round-the-clock support with daily tasks is tailored to each individual’s unique needs. We help tenants discover what it takes to upkeep a home, bond with housemates, and connect with the local community – all in a safe and supportive setting.

NDIS-registered SIL provider in Newcastle

Discover NDIS-funded Supported Independent Living for people who need full-time support while living in a shared property. All of our Supported Independent Living workers are inducted by us and receive ongoing training. They’re never subcontracted.

We know that routine and consistency are important to reduce anxiety and help build relationships. Our SIL staff are allocated specifically to your home, aligned with your interests, goals and support requirements. You will have a team built around your supports to ensure stability and confidence in your team.

Our goal? To help participants live as independently as possible in an environment where they can make friends, have fun, and feel completely at home.

24/7 Supported Independent Living services

Trusted by tenants and families across Newcastle, our NDIS Supported Independent Living service can:

  • Help with everyday tasks, such as preparing and cooking meals, and personal care, such as showering and getting dressed
  • Offer support with chores such as cleaning and tidying
  • Go shopping to buy groceries and other items
  • Help with learning healthy eating habits and doing exercise
  • Enable participation in social activities outside of the home
  • Organise and oversee social activities in our homes, including BBQs, where our participants and staff can relax together
  • Provide basic medical care, including wound care, distributing medication, medical assistance, taking you to medical appointments

We love Hunter Care Group

Explore Supported Independent Living homes

Looking for Supported Independent Living housing in Newcastle? We currently own a range of fully-equipped disability group homes across the Hunter and Lake Macquarie. Explore our NDIS SIL vacancies below to find the right fit.

We are Hunter Care Group

In operation since the NDIS rollout, we’re one of Newcastle and the Hunter’s leading Supported Independent Living providers. We put people first and quality and compassion back into care. Our mental health and disability support services are simple, effective and tailored to your needs – and enabled by the latest digital systems.

Our easy referral process

Are you in need of Supported Independent Living services? We make the referral process quick and easy while keeping it personal – and personalised.

Frequently asked questions

Supported Independent Living is a wonderful way to lead a more independent life while retaining access to the everyday disability supports you need.

For instance, SIL might be appropriate if your current living situation is unsafe or unsuitable for your needs. From shower access to medication management, you may find that living in a SIL accommodation will boost your quality of life.

As your SIL provider, we offer 24/7 support. Depending on your circumstances, we can assist you in your own private home or help you find shared SIL accommodation. Designed for your comfort and safety, all of our modern SIL homes are 100% owned by us.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) refers to at-home services that assist NDIS participants with day-to-day tasks so that they can foster independence and life skills.

On the other hand, Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is purpose-built housing that has been designed for NDIS participants who have complex care needs.

If you are eligible for SIL and SDA, they will be funded separately in your NDIS plan. That way, service providers can deliver supports with more flexibility.

Depending on whether your care needs are standard or complex, Supported Independent Living funding can cover the cost of 24/7 support with:

  • Moving homes
  • Mobility and wellbeing
  • Personal care
  • Medication management
  • Shopping, cooking and dining
  • Household chores
  • Communication and community participation
  • Capacity-building activities, from budgeting to socialising

That said, it’s important to note that SIL funding does not cover every cost. Examples of excluded expenses include:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Everyday living costs, like groceries and cleaning supplies
  • Medical fees such as hospital stays
  • Costs within other categories of the NDIS price guide, including assistive technologies, transportation and day programs.

Supported Independent Living services are most suited to participants with high support needs throughout the day.

This funding must be approved by the NDIS, and its amount depends on what level of support is considered reasonable and necessary depending on your:

  • Age
  • Individual circumstances
  • Disability care needs
  • Level of independence
  • Current life skills
  • Lifestyle goals and preferences
  • Informal support network
  • Home modifications and assistive technology
  • Reports provided by allied health professionals and existing service providers

At Hunter Care Group, we can support you in accessing NDIS support in Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and the Upper Hunter. Contact us to learn more.

You can apply for Supported Independent Living services under your NDIS plan. Therefore, to apply for SIL funding, you’ll need to explain its significance and necessity to your National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) planner.

The NDIS also reviews recommendations from Allied Health Professionals to determine your eligibility for SIL funding. Functional Assessment Reports (FARs) from Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and General Practitioners will need to be compiled.

While this can technically be done after you have found a SIL home, we suggest preparing all relevant reports first to facilitate the provider’s assessment of your suitability.

Once we have made you a tentative housing offer, your Coordinator of Supports will submit an Identifying Housing Solutions report and supporting evidence to the NDIS. As your SIL provider, we will also submit a SIL Quote and a Roster of Care to the NDIS.

From there, the NDIS SIL team will examine your SIL application and provide funding if suitable. Approval may take a few weeks to several months.

If SIL is in your NDIS plan, you’ll find it under the ‘Assistance with Daily Life (Core Supports)’ budget.

If you are interested in Supported Independent Living services in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley or Lake Macquarie, get in touch with the team at Hunter Care Group at (02) 4950 2269. We are always happy to work with you to secure your perfect SIL home.

You may be living with other house mates, depending on your funding and eligibility, set by the NDIA. With a focus on compatibility and care, we match individuals according to their personalities, interests and support needs.

Yes. You and your family will be included in household decisions. Within each SIL home, we will all work together to make decisions that fulfil individual and group needs. Know that your input will always be appreciated and respected.

The cost of Supported Independent Living depends on the extent of care that the individual requires i.e. whether needs are standard or complex.

The NDIS follows a regulated set of pricing structures and caps to work out the amount of payment for each support.

The NDIS pays for Supported Independent Living services on behalf of approved individuals. To access this funding through your NDIS plan, these supports must be considered reasonable and necessary.