Supported Independent Living Programs: Your Independence, Our Support

Everyone wants to live a happy, independent life. Supported Independent Living (SIL) programs aim to give people with disabilities the support they need to improve their quality of life, live with more freedom, and all-around live the best life possible.

A wide-ranging initiative, SIL programs are designed with the individual in mind and are highly tailored to ensure the individual’s needs, desires, and goals are met. In this post, we’ll run through everything you need to know about SIL programs, including what they are, how they help, and how to select the right SIL provider.

Understanding Supported Independent Living Programs

Supported Independent Living programs are just what they sound like. They exist to help people with disabilities get the support they need to be as independent as possible. With SIL accommodation, individuals receive the help they need to manage their own lives, retain autonomy, and live fulfilling lives.

The beauty of SIL programs is that they’re highly customizable. There’s no cookie-cutter approach to supported care; the individual receives the type of care they need to reach their full potential. This can take various forms; some people might need assistance cleaning, shopping, or self-care, while others may need developmental help to enhance their existing skills.

Ultimately, what your program looks like is down to you. We’re just here to support you. The best way to figure out what an SIL program could do for you is to give us a call by ringing 1300 835 514 and speaking to a member of the Soteria team, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Advantages of SIL Program

Supported Independent Living programs can have a hugely positive impact on the trajectory of an individual’s life. Ultimately, the goal of SIL programs is simply to provide people with disabilities the support they need to develop as individuals. Some of the many benefits of SIL programs include:

Quality of Life

Under SIL programs, participants live in their own accommodation in a supported environment, allowing them to retain a high level of independence. The program also encourages participants to become involved in the local community, move towards achieving their goals, and much more. For people who require assistance, the program can have a profoundly positive impact on their quality of life.


Everyone wants to live with independence. But that’s more difficult for some people who have disabilities than others. The SIL program has been designed to provide participants with the ability to retain as much independence as possible. They’ll be in charge of the type and frequency of the care they receive. Soteria may provide the support you need, but it’s your journey — we’re just here to ensure you can reach your goals.

Value for Money

SIL programs are typically much more affordable than other types of care, for multiple reasons. First, because the program is tailor-made for each individual, participants only pay for the services they need. Second, because it is NDIS-funded, it’s usually possible to have the majority of the cost funded by the Australian government. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for NDIS (or how much), get in contact with a member of the team, who will be able to assist you.

Health, Safety, and Happiness

The top priority for anyone is to be healthy, safe, and happy. Once those three criteria have been met, it’s possible to begin looking towards reaching your goals. SIL programs are provided in a safe environment that allows participants to really feel that they’re in a secure environment. They’ll know that there’s always someone nearby to provide assistance should it be required.

What to Look for an in SIL Provider 

There’s more than one SIL provider in New South Wales. As such, it’s important to take the time to get to know a provider before you agree to work with them. In particular, it’s recommended to focus on the following:


Your SIL program should be designed with your specific needs in mind. At its core, it’s a highly flexible program that can be arranged in a million different ways. Before selecting a provider, make sure that they’re as adaptable as the program, and that they encourage you to make your own decisions about the help you receive. At Soteria, we always ensure that our clients are fully happy with their program before we commence.

Skill Development

Supported Independent Living programs can help people with disabilities achieve everyday tasks. But it also offers more than that, including skill and learning development. A good SIL provider will have a proven track record of helping people achieve their development goals.

Trust and Connection

You’ll form a close working relationship with your SIL provider, so it’s important that you feel fully comfortable with them. You should feel welcomed from the first phone call. At Soteria, we go above and beyond to ensure our clients feel comfortable at every stage of their journey with us.

The Bottom Line on SIL Programs 

If you have a disability and find it difficult to manage on your own, then an SIL program may be just the solution that you’ve been looking for. Designed with the individual in mind, these programs exist to ensure that participants receive the help, care, and support they need to live a happy and independent life.

Get in Contact With Soteria Today

If you or a loved one are ready to begin enjoying all the benefits of SIL programs, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Soteria. We have group homes available across New South Wales, including in Liverpool, Macarthur, and Shoalhaven, and have the experience and expertise you need to feel comfortable from the very first phone call. Passionate about what we do, our talented team of employees works to the highest of standards, and will be delighted to help you reach your goals. You can get in touch by calling 1300 835 514 or by filling out the form on our ‘Contact Page’ and one of our team will get back to you.