There are a few key differences between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Individual Living Options (ILO). The common theme between both, is to provide the best care to each person. Ensuring that the needs of each individual are met, and they are given the opportunity to thrive. Let’s take a look at what each service offers and the benefits of both.
What is your current living situation?
When choosing between Supported Independent Living or Individualised Living Options it’s important to consider your current living situation and what will be most suitable moving forward. SIL often means moving from your current living arrangement and into a share home, sometimes changing suburbs. If your current living situation is working for you and you just need additional support in your home, ILO is a great option.
Accommodation that suits your goals
Your short-term and long-term goals will determine whether a SIL or ILO service is suitable to your needs. For those working towards a more independent lifestyle either option could be suitable. Whilst living in SIL you have the support of workers and fellow residents. This support is shared and around the clock. For individuals with higher needs and restricted abilities the additional care may be essential. Each NDIS participant will have unique goals and needs based on their abilities. ILO may be more suitable for individuals who are comfortable with intermittent additional support rather than round the clock care.
What are your funding options?
Funding options will determine which living option each participant will go with. When it comes to different supported living services there are a few funding options available. The NDIS package is a government scheme designed to financially support individuals with disability. To gain access to NDIS funding you do need to reach certain criteria for eligibility. If you have private funding, you can also access SIL and ILO services. Private funding will mean more out of pocket expense to access services. iCare is also an option for funding supported living. iCare is related to workplace insurance for people who have incurred a severe injury while at work.
Ultimately when choosing the right service for yourself or being a part of a loved one’s decision, many things should be taken into consideration. Everyone within the community has different needs. For individuals with a disability or mental illness their physical, social, emotional and financial well-being will be influenced but the choice between SIL and ILO. It’s a great idea to research with family members and current supports to be able to determine which option is best.
Solid Holistic Care are NDIS providers and offer both Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Individualised Living Options (ILO). If you are considering either of these services for you or a loved one get in touch with us today and we can discuss your options. Solid Holistic Care are committed to providing quality outcomes for all of our participants.