What are my independent living options (NDIS)?

EThe National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has several independent living options based on individual needs. To access NDIS funding, the person with the disability will need to still be under 65 years of age when access to the funding is granted. It is a prerequisite to have Australian citizenship, however, New Zealand citizens with a Protected Special Category Visa can also access support.

Independent living options (NDIS) based on the level of care needed

Having the right amount of care support for people living with a permanent and significant disability is essential. It enables them to achieve their goals, learn new skills to improve independence and improve their well-being. When it comes to living options, you need to know that funding is based on the needs of the individual. Although a person can control how much support they receive, it is wisest to consult with specialist disability accommodation ndis and professional health workers to determine the level of care suited to the best outcomes.

Once qualified for NDIS funding, you can explore the options for independent living (NDIS). At our Ipswich Disability Support home, we have Supported Independent Living (SIL), STA, and MTA. SIL will involve around three people sharing accommodation. Each person will have a bedroom and bathroom. There is usually a fourth bedroom to accommodate a support worker who may need to stay overnight if the severity of the disability makes it necessary.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) option

Accommodation for SIL has many adaptations that allow for easy accessibility with mobility aids. The rooms are airy and light-filled, with sufficient storage for equipment and some personal items to make the place home. Bathrooms feature easily accessible showers, slip resistant flooring and a whole host of other safety features.

Communal areas allow people sharing the SIL house to socialise and enjoy the large kitchen and lounge spaces. For those who enjoy cooking, the finishes and appliances make it a pleasant and safe experience. Outdoors, SIL homes have an alfresco area to hang out with a couple of friends or family members and enjoy the peaceful gardens.

Emergency power backup ensure that everything runs smoothly during power outages,  including specialised aid equipment, the climate-controlled rooms, and the intercom. 

STA and MTA as an introduction to independent living options (NDIS)

People can choose who they want to share a home with – perhaps during a short-term accommodation (STA) visit, or a medium-term accommodation (MTA) stay, they will get to know people. Both STA and MTA are independent living options (NDIS). STA is supported up to a maximum of 28 days per annum. STA can be successfully used for a trial run to see if the facility suits the person living with a disabilty. They can also use this time to make friends and gain life skills to assist them when they move into a SIL house on the same premises. The MTA option, funded by NDIS for up to 90 days for those who qualify, is a preparation period for independent living. It gives people in MTA a chance to acquire new skills, achieve goals and decide what they prefer – to stay in SIL accommodation or move into an SDA house. Once they have bonded with people whose company they enjoy, then they will look forward to starting a more independent lifestyle with their friends. SIL is all about learning new skills, making friends, having some fun, and benefiting from education opportunities. Together these skills may help a person find some online work or hold down a part-time job.

Benefits of SIL

There are many holistic benefits to SIL as an independent living option (NDIS). The focus is spread between the care provided and the physical space to create a supportive environment. The onsite transport is available to take people to appointments, classes and activities to develop the person socially, mentally,  emotionally and physically.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

NDIS may fund Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), an independent living option where the focus is on the actual home itself and adapting the physical environment to the needs of the disabled person. The type of modifications to the house will depend on the occupant’s requirements. These homes are often built in clusters and sold off to people who have NDIS/SDA funding.

SCDS in Ipswich offers independent living options (NDIS) including STA, MTA and SIL. Newly renovated and adapted units provide a pleasant physical environment coupled with caring support from our capable, experienced and fully qualified team.

If you would like to learn more about independent living options (NDIS), give our friendly team a call.


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