Difference between SDA and SIL
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SIL vs. SDA: What is the Difference?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for various types of supports, including accommodation and daily care needs.

Funding for accommodation and support services is divided into two categories: Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Although these two types of funding may seem similar, they focus on different aspects of an individual’s life.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a specialized form of NDIS funding that covers supports for daily living tasks. SIL funding is intended for individuals who require extensive assistance with supervision, personal grooming, meal preparation, and dressing.

Support workers funded through SIL visit your home and provide services aimed at enhancing your independence and capacity.

SIL provides the following supports:

  • General support and supervision in the home to ensure safety
  • Assistance with daily living activities, including personal grooming, cooking, and cleaning
  • Modifications to your home to improve independence and support the delivery of other supports and treatments.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation funded, or partially funded, by the NDIS. SDA is typically available to individuals with high support needs. SDA housing is designed to provide the necessary support for living in the community, enhance the delivery of other supports, and increase independence.

While SDA funding covers the cost of accommodation, you will still need to contribute a “reasonable rent contribution,” which is generally a portion of your disability support pension.

In return, the SDA provider manages the property and maintains the accessibility features that support your lifestyle.

Differentiating SIL and SDA

SIL and SDA may seem similar, but they serve distinct purposes.

The key difference lies in the areas they address:

  • SIL focuses on supporting daily life activities, while SDA funds physical accommodation.
  • SIL providers supply staff who assist with daily living activities and manage the support workers in your home.
  • SDA providers act as landlords, owning or constructing the home you live in. Rent is paid to the SDA provider, who is responsible for maintenance and accessibility features. In some cases, they may also provide household furniture.

Can I receive funding for both SIL and SDA?

It is possible to be eligible for both SIL and SDA funding under the NDIS. If you meet the requirements for both supports, your funding for SIL and SDA will be recorded separately in your NDIS plan.

It is essential to ensure that your NDIS assessor understands your needs by clearly communicating your requirements for SIL, SDA, or a combination of both.

Consult your Support Coordinator to discuss your NDIS application.

Accessing SIL or SDA through approved Providers

If SIL or SDA funding can significantly improve your life, discussing your needs with NDIS approved provider is advisable. Depending on the provider, they will offer disability and NDIS services aimed at helping individuals live life to the fullest.

They will work closely with you to design SIL or SDA supports that align with your specific needs, NDIS plan, and goals.

Note: Not all providers provide both services, normally it’s one or the others, so it’s important to consult with the provider about what they offer and if it’s right for you. The above information is for general guidance only. Please consult with appropriate professionals and organizations for personalized advice and assistance related to your specific circumstances.

Need Support? Contact SDS Care

If you require assistance in applying for Supported Independent Living (SIL) or wish to learn more about these supports, get in touch with SDS Care. Our team will guide you through the process and provide information tailored to your situation.

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