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Accommodation for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Supported Independent Living (SIL) Accommodation

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of NDIS support for anyone living with intellectual disabilities who needs help or supervision with daily tasks. The aim is always to set you up to live as independently as possible. SIL accommodation is not just about physical housing but includes person-centred supports that focus on developing your skills and independence.  

The Benefits of SIL for People with Intellectual Disabilities

SIL is particularly beneficial for people living with significant intellectual disabilities. It ensures you receive continuous support tailored to your needs, ranging from basic household tasks to more tricky needs like personal care and medication management.  

SIL helps create a structured environment where you can thrive from day one, while gaining more and more independence over time.

Services included in SIL

Supported Independent Living (SIL) focuses on providing assistance and supervision so you can live as independently as possible. Here’s a list of day-to-day services included in SIL:

  • Assistance with Daily Living Tasks
    Support with everyday tasks such as dressing, grooming, and maintaining personal hygiene.
  • Cooking and Meal Preparation
    Help with planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking, and dietary management.
  • Cleaning and Household Maintenance
    Assistance with cleaning tasks like washing dishes, laundry, vacuuming, and other housekeeping.
  • Medication Management
    Support with managing and administering medication, including reminders and assistance in taking the right dosage at the right time.
  • Financial Management Support
    Help with managing finances, including budgeting and paying bills.
  • Skill Development
    Programs are designed to enhance abilities in areas such as communication, social skills, and using public transport.
  • Behavior Support
    Assistance in managing challenging behaviors through positive behavior support strategies and interventions.
  • Social and Community Participation
    Support in engaging with community activities, attending appointments, and maintaining social connections.
  • 24-Hour Support
    Depending on your needs, round-the-clock care may be provided to ensure safety and well-being at all times.

SDA Accommodation

The NDIS also offers Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). SDA refers to housing designed for people who require specialist housing solutions due to extreme functional impairment or high support needs.  

SDA is designed to provide safe and adaptive environments that cater to the specific needs of residents living with significant intellectual disabilities.  

The Benefits of SDA for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Do you dream of a space that's perfectly designed for you? SDA offers homes with features like wider doorways and custom showers, making everything easier and more comfortable. You might also have nifty tech that you can control with your voice or a tap, and plenty of private space for when you need some quiet “me” time.  

By living in SDA, you are supported in a setting that maximises your independence while ensuring your safety and well-being.

The Benefits of SDA for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is designed to provide physical environments tailored to meet high support needs. Here’s a list of common services and housing features included in SDA:

  • Customised Living Spaces
    Homes are designed with wider doorways, ramps, and accessible bathrooms to accommodate mobility aids and ensure easy navigation.
  • Emergency Call Systems
    Integrated emergency assistance technology, such as call buttons or sensors, ensure help is available when needed.
  • Assistive Technology Ready
    Homes are equipped to support the use of various assistive technologies that improve independence, like automated lighting, voice-activated devices, and environmental control systems.
  • Specialised Fixture and Fittings
    Installations such as hoists, adjustable kitchen benches, and specialised bathroom fittings are included to assist in daily tasks.
  • Safety Features
    Safety modifications like secure windows, doors with safety locks, and non-slip floors can prevent accidents.
  • Private Spaces
    Designated personal areas are included to respect your need for privacy.
  • Community Spaces
    Common areas for social interaction and activities ensure your SDA experience is friendly and fun.
  • On-site Support
    Depending on the SDA design category, on-site overnight assistance to respond to any immediate care needs.
  • Location and Accessibility
    SDA is often strategically located near essential services such as public transport, community centres, cafes and shops.

Like SIL, SDA services are designed to cater specifically to your needs, promoting independence, safety, and a strong sense of community.

Short Term Accommodation (Respite)

Short Term Accommodation (STA), including respite care, offers you and your carer temporary accommodation and support. It allows carers to take a break for various reasons – ranging from personal time to handling family emergencies – safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are in a supportive environment.

The Benefits of STA for People with Intellectual Disabilities

STA offers you a change of scenery and a chance to interact with different people, which can be refreshing and stimulating. For your carer, it's a vital support system that helps maintain their health and well-being, ensuring they can continue to provide effective care long-term.

  • Change of Environment
    STA provides a refreshing change of scenery, which can be stimulating and rejuvenating for people living with intellectual disabilities. It allows you to experience different settings, meet new people, and get involved in different activities that might not be part of your daily routine.
  • Social Interaction
    In respite care, people have opportunities to socialise with peers and staff, enhancing their social skills and reducing feelings of isolation. This interaction can help you develop communication skills and build a wider social network.
  • Continued Care and Support
    STA ensures that people continue to receive professional care and support while their regular caregivers are away. This includes assistance with daily living activities, medication management, and any specialised support you might require.
  • Relief for Caregivers
    Respite care is essential for caregivers, providing them with a much-needed break to rest and recharge. Caregiving can be physically and emotionally demanding, and breaks are vital to maintain the caregiver’s health, which in turn benefits the quality of care they can provide.
  • Promotion of Independence
    Short-term stays in different environments can help people with intellectual disabilities develop greater independence. It encourages you to adapt to new surroundings and routines, which can enhance your ability to adjust to change and increase your self-reliance.
  • Flexible and Accessible Care
    STA respite care is flexible; it can be planned ahead or arranged at short notice to cover emergency situations. This flexibility ensures your family and caregivers can manage unexpected events or commitments without disrupting the support you receive.

Medium Term Accommodation

Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) is designed for people living with intellectual disabilities who need temporary transitional housing. This accommodation type is often used when you find yourself in between long-term arrangements, such as waiting for home modifications or permanent SDA housing to become available.

The Benefits of MTA for People with Intellectual Disabilities

This option ensures you a safe, supported, and comfortable place to live while waiting for your permanent home. Offering tailored services, it provides continuity of support, ensuring that your lifestyle and daily routines are not disrupted during any transitional periods.

Accessing NDIS Accommodation

To access NDIS accommodation options like SIL or SDA, you’ll first need to have an NDIS plan. This plan outlines the supports funded by the NDIS and how they can be used. It's essential to discuss your housing needs during your NDIS planning meeting to ensure that accommodation is included in your plan.

Accommodation Considerations

When considering your accommodation options, consider the level of support needed, the proximity of the accommodation to family and local amenities, accessibility, and personal preferences about the type of environment you’ll eventually live in. The pricing for each accommodation type under the NDIS is regulated and varies depending on the support levels and location.

Frequently Asked Questions

What accommodation does the NDIS offer for people living with intellectual disabilities?
How can SIL benefit people living with intellectual disabilities?
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Does the NDIS offer short-term housing options?
Are there any temporary accommodation options for transitional periods?
What if I have questions about the NDIS application process for accommodation?
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We’ll help you find a home that meets your needs and helps you live independently, within a supportive and vibrant community.

Step 01

Browse the listings above to find a home that suits your needs

All homes in our vertical villages are close to public transport, medical services and shops, supporting independence.

Step 02

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Fill out a property request form and one of our friendly team members will be in touch to walk you through your options.

Step 03

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We will dicuss your support and housing needs and provide you with our best solutions.

Step 04

Personalise your support

Our team will work with you to tailor your support, which can include a tour of the Vertical Village!

Step 05

Finalise your funding

We will work with your team to confirm your funding meets your support needs.

Step 06

Design your transition

Our team will work with you to finalise every detail to get your new home ready for move-in.

Step 07

Welcome home

This is the big day! We will give you the keys to your very own home. All that’s left to do is settle in and explore the community.