Finding a comfortable home with the right support is a significant milestone for people living with disability, marking a transition towards greater independence and autonomy.  

To ensure a smooth and fulfilling experience, it’s important you consider some key points before making this decision. 

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)? 

SIL is a housing and living arrangement tailored to people with disabilities and their unique needs, providing them with the necessary support to live as independently as possible. SIL as an accommodation services option encourages autonomy and choice, empowering you to lead a fulfilling life in your community. 

At Ability Options, we’re committed to supporting people with disabilities who are looking for inclusive and accessible living options across NSW. Our teams provide choice and expert service so people with disability can find homes designed with them in mind. We asked our staff to share their top tips for people living with disability seeking Supported Independent Living Accommodation.

Top 5 Tips When Choosing SIL Accommodation

  1. Community Access: One of the main reasons many of our participants choose SIL accommodation is the accessibility of essential services and a strong local support network. Ideally, your future SIL accommodation should be conveniently located, allowing easy access to medical professionals, family, friends, and community resources. Accessible public transportation nearby is also key to promoting your mobility and social engagement.
  2. Accessibility Features: The accessibility features of your accommodation are important because they help create a safe and comfortable living environment in your home. Evaluate whether the facility meets your mobility requirements, including the presence of ramps, wide doorways, and grab bars in bathrooms. Adequate infrastructure ensures you can navigate your surroundings with ease and confidence.
  3. Compatibility with other residents: Liking the people you share space with plays a central role in SIL settings. Consider things such as shared interests, communication styles, and support needs. A cohesive living environment will enhance social interactions and a sense of community during your time in SIL accommodation.
  4. Staffing Expertise and Support: The expertise and support provided by staff members are integral to the success of SIL arrangements. Ensure the staff who will be supporting you possess the necessary skills and experience to address your needs effectively. This could include proficiency in behaviour management, health care, epilepsy management, meal preparation and facilitating daily activities. Competent and compassionate staff will always seek to improve your experience and promote your independence. Read more about how our star support worker Jodie makes a positive impact on members of her community.
  5. Independence and Choice: Look for SIL settings that prioritise your choice and autonomy, allowing you to live as independently as possible and be an integral part of decision-making processes that affect you. By choosing a SIL provider who promotes a culture of inclusion and empowerment your strengths and perspectives are valued and supported.  

Finding suitable Supported Independent Living accommodation requires careful consideration so you can make an informed choice that aligns with your unique needs and goals. Our expert staff share a commitment to fostering your independence. We are on hand to provide support to help you find your perfect living arrangement. 

Why Choose Ability Options?

To browse our latest availabilities, visit Supported Independent Living Accommodation.

For more information and to book a tour of our suite of vacancies, please reach out through our enquiry form below or all 1300 422 424. 

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