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Disability housing: debunking the myths about supported independent living

Learn about the common misconceptions plaguing SIL and why they just aren’t true.

Disability housing: debunking the myths about supported independent living

Learn about the common misconceptions plaguing SIL and why they just aren’t true.

In Australia, over 24% of people with disabilities live alone. Many of these individuals experience difficulties going about their daily lives because of their conditions.

Disability housing and supported independent living (SIL) gives individuals with disabilities a chance to live their lives independently and within a supportive community where they can help each other out and socialise with their peers.

This type of accommodation is not yet commonplace, which means many myths and misconceptions about disability housing and SIL persist.

In Australia, over 24% of people with disabilities live alone. Many of these individuals experience difficulties going about their daily lives because of their conditions.

Disability housing and supported independent living (SIL) gives individuals with disabilities a chance to live their lives independently and within a supportive community where they can help each other out and socialise with their peers.

This type of accommodation is not yet commonplace, which means many myths and misconceptions about disability housing and SIL persist.

Common myths about SIL

Myth #1: It’s like living in a nursing home

While independent living accommodations do come with the option of medical care and support, they aren’t in the same vein as nursing homes. SIL aims to give you, or a person with disabilities under your care, the opportunity to have their own space where they can live and work as independently as possible with little assistance.

You can, however, opt for full-time support until you or a person you’re caring for feels ready to manage things by themself.

Myth #2: You won’t get much privacy

SIL lets individuals with disabilities be as independent as possible. You can choose to have support workers only drop in once in a while to check in on how you, or the person under your care, are doing.

These living spaces can be tailor-made to suit the daily routine and physical needs of its occupant. This means visitation from support workers can be limited, giving occupants as much privacy as possible.

Myth #3: You need to learn life skills before signing up for SIL

You don’t need to have acquired the necessary life skills before joining SIL. 

Even if you, or the person you’re caring for, have not yet mastered the basic life skills needed for independent living, SIL services will make sure that you’re taught these skills during your time at the accommodation.

We also provide support for children with disabilities.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

We are Shine Social and Communities

Here at Shine, we aim to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live their lives independently, and in a supportive environment.

We empower individuals through our holistic approach, person-centred collaboration, and solution-focused facilities.

If you, or someone you know, wish to give disability housing and supported independent living a try, give us a call.

Some of our other services include:

Supported independent living facilities

Peer and individual support

Disability community programmes

NDIS support coordination

Holidays and camps

A social hub

Short-term accommodation

We are Shine Social and Communities

Here at Shine, we aim to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live their lives independently, and in a supportive environment.

We empower individuals through our holistic approach, person-centred collaboration, and solution-focused facilities.

If you, or someone you know, wish to give disability housing and supported independent living a try, give us a call.

Some of our other services include:

Supported independent living facilities

Peer and individual support

Disability community programmes

NDIS support coordination

Holidays and camps

A social hub

Short-term accommodation

What our customers say

I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

Kristian L

I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

 

Calen

I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

 

Keely

Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

Kris

What our customers say

I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

Kristian L

I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

 

Calen

I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

 

Keely

Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

Kris

FAQs

How long can someone stay in supported accommodation?

An individual can stay for a few months or even several years if they wish. In some cases, people can remain in these accommodations permanently.

What is the cost of SIL?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds SIL for eligible individuals. How much funding a person receives depends on the NDIS assessment of a person’s individual needs.

SIL does not cover personal costs like vehicle expenses or travel expenses for holidays.

How old should you be for SIL?

An individual must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for SIL.

Get in touch with us today for more information and support on SIL.


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