What is NDIS funded accommodation?
Whereby a person living with disability is deemed suitable for housing and living supports, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to support such participants, with the goal to help them live more independently.
Who can access NDIS accommodation?
- Participants who can benefit from a different living arrangement than their current to improve the quality of their life, and access additional and specialist supports.
- Participants whose movement is restricted or limited and find it difficult to do daily tasks or adequately access amenities such as the restroom, kitchen, and toilet both inside and outside of their accommodations.
- Participants who require specialised housing and living arrangements as a foundation for the delivery of appropriate care, such as an adult participant with complicated needs for behavioural assistance.
- Participants whose quality of life would be greatly enhanced by relocating to alternative suitable housing for receiving additional care.
- Participants who are presently staying in medical facilities and temporary homes and are unable to find a suitable living solution
Supports included in the NDIS housing funding:
- Home improvements made to the participant's own residence, a rental property owned by a private individual, and on an individual basis in social housing.
- Help with supports to enhance living skills, including social, individual and behavioural management skills with the aim to build capacity to live freely in the community.
- Help with personal hygiene and care.
- Assistance around the house if the participant's disability limits their ability to carry out such tasks.
- Unexpected loss of housing facilities - homelessness and/or emergency situations.
Why Supported Accommodation?
If you or your loved one has a disability that requires higher degree of support and your current living setting can no longer accommodate your specialised needs, then a supported accommodation could be the right choice for you.
There are various accommodation supports ranging from short to long term, available within the NDIS which fall under the following main categories -
- Supported Independent Living (SIL)
- Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
- Short Term Accommodation or Respite
While the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) already provisions you to receive supports in your home environment, the advantage of choosing a supported accommodation for yourself or a loved one is the advanced level of assistance one can receive there compared to when living independently.
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
In order to help you live as independently as possible while developing your abilities, Supported Independent Living (SIL) involves assistance or supervision with daily duties in your home. It covers things like having someone assist with meal preparation or personal care duties. SIL helps you build capacity while helping you live independently. It is the type of personal support that is most frequently utilised in shared or individual housing situations where some level of support is needed all the time.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Specialist Disability Accommodation refers to a variety of housing options made specifically for those with severe functional impairments or high demands. SDA houses are built to be easier for you to access. These allow other supports you might require to be delivered more effectively or safely. SDA can be a individual living arrangement or a shared setting with other people with disabilities depending on needs.
As a Short Term Accommodation, the NDIS funding covers a brief period of stay away from your usual home which includes support and housing for that period of time. The funding provides for up to 14 days worth of care provided to you elsewhere. You might spend a brief time alone or with others. It is also frequently funded when your regular caregivers aren't available or if you want to try something new.
How to access Supported Accommodation?
Your ability to access supported accommodation be it Supported Independent Living (SIL), Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), Short term or Long term Accommodation, Respite Care, Assisted Living, Disability Housing, or other Disability Living options are determined by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on a case to case basis.
Participants can access supported accommodation with the NDIS through the following steps:
- Eligibility: First, participants must determine their eligibility for NDIS funding. This can be done by contacting the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and completing an Access Request Form. If the participant is found to be eligible, they will be granted NDIS funding.
- NDIS planning: Once the participant has been granted NDIS funding, they will need to develop a plan with an NDIS planner. This plan will outline the participant's goals, needs, and preferences, as well as the funding they have been allocated for disability support services.
- Finding supported accommodation: With the NDIS plan in place, the participant can begin to look for supported accommodation. There are several ways to do this, including contacting disability service providers in the area, searching online for disability support services, or contacting the NDIA for advice and guidance
- Choosing a provider: Once the participant has found a supported accommodation provider that meets their needs and preferences, they can begin the process of engaging the provider. This may involve signing a service agreement and providing the provider with the necessary documentation to begin providing services.
- Payment: The NDIS will pay for the participant's supported accommodation costs, based on the funding allocated in their NDIS plan. The participant will not be required to pay any additional fees for the accommodation, as long as it falls within the approved funding limits.
It's important to note that the process of accessing supported accommodation under the NDIS funding may vary depending on the individual circumstances of the participant. It's recommended that participants and their families seek advice and guidance from the NDIA or a disability support provider to ensure they receive the most appropriate services for their needs.
Get Started With Us
State Wide Community Services is a registered NDIS provider which can provide a range of disability support services that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of participants. We have an inclusive approach and believe in helping participants feel more supported and confident in their day to day life.
Our services include assistance with daily living, personal care, transport, social activities, and household services among others. By choosing State Wide Community Services, participants can access a range of supports within their local community, which can help them maintain their independence and social connections.
Additionally, with a team of experienced, multi-cultural and multilingual support workers, State Wide Community Services has a strong understanding of the local community and can provide culturally appropriate services to participants from diverse backgrounds.
This may include providing support workers who speak the participant's language and who have a strong understanding of their cultural practices and beliefs, or helping participants who have limited English proficiency to communicate their needs and preferences effectively. This can lead to better outcomes for participants, as they can receive services that are tailored to their individual needs.
It's important to note that when choosing a disability support service provider, participants should consider their individual needs, goals, and preferences. It's also important to ensure that the chosen provider is registered with the NDIS and meets the relevant quality and safety standards.