What are Independent Living Options (ILOs)?

ILOs are where the NDIA funds supports for a participant to live as independently and flexibly as possible, in a living arrangement that best suits them.

 At this time, the NDIA has four types of ILOs in trial:

1) Host families or individuals, providing a secure and welcoming home

2) Co-residents, including live-in supports

3) Living alone, with flexible drop-in support

3) Living-together arrangements, with shared supports

NDIA ILO arrangements share the some basic objective of SILs – they both provide assistance with and/or supervising tasks of daily life (SIL in a shared setting / ILOs in a individualised setting) with a focus on developing the skills of each individual to live as autonomously as possible. 

SIL arrangements:

  • Are not group home based

  • Focus is on designing a solution around a client, one client at a time

  • A provider works with a participant to design, source, monitor and refine the accommodation option

  • Many types – there are a number of types of ILOs, each aimed at meeting needs of different clients

  • ILO arrangements are set out in an agreement usually involving several parties

  • There is greater need for good quality and safeguarding

  • There is a separate ILO form and quoting process – ran by a dedicated ILO Team

When can an ILO be an interesting choice?

For clients with a SIL arrangement, the benefits of a ILO are:

1) More person-centred – the whole arrangement is built on strengths, needs and wishes of client

2) Flexible, multi-options – a range of options which can suit different client needs and wishes - see below

3) Community inclusion – a client lives on a regular house, a regular street, doing regular things – as part of community

4) Relationships – a platform for strong relationships, with hosts or live in workers

 5) Flexible where you live, opens up mainstream housing market - not restricted to where group homes are located

 6) Non-institution approach – in even best group homes, some people can feel they need to live their life to fit into a “institution”

 7) Proven outcomes – in WA thousands of ILOs are in place, and proven for over a decade

What are the Types of ILO Arrangements?

There are several types of ILO arrangements:

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How My Supports can help on your ILO journey?

My Supports can help you explore if an ILO arrangement is right for you - we bring a range of skills and experiences which can make us a compelling choice as your ILO partner:

1) My Supports is part if the NDIA WA trial experience – we are developing first-hand how ILOs can benefit clients Nationally (from early 2020). My Supports has teams in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

2) My Supports has ILO experience – we have structured and put in place ILOs and can share that knowledge with you

3) We are a Disabled People and Families Organisation provider (DPFO) – we bring the lived experience of disability into services - 50% of our staff to have the lived experience of disability

  • Understanding disability and disability rights - in the ILO areas

  • Assistance getting the best NDIS plan – we bring all our experiences and understanding the disability experience, and getting the best NDIS plan or review possible

4) We support ILO arrangements with the assistance of small, local Neighbourhood Teams

  • Local connections - support by local people, to live more inclusively in local community

  • Flexibility to meet client needs – personal assistance, support for community activities, independence skill building, finding a job, finding a housing option

  • Highest standards in quality and safeguarding – all staff interviewed and screened, supervision by experienced sector professional, My Supports NDIS quality audited

  • Consistency of support, now and into the future - My Supports is an established national provider, and our teams can support clients over many years, or however long required – important when informal supports are in transition, or may not be there for all time

What do ILOs look like in a NDIA Plan? - Core Components ILO Funding

The core components of ILO funding are as follows:

1) Planning & Design

Focused on the need and preferences of the individual. This is the time and effort for design and the staged implementation and flexibility to move between package components through the implementation period.

2) Primary Support Model

Likely to include the exchange of accomodation for supports (co-residency), participants residing in other people’s home with bundled support payment as opposed to hourly rates (host arrangement), high intensity visiting supports.

3) Supplementary Supports

May include; on-call arrangements mentor supports, structured informal supports, supported volunteers, good neighbour drop in support.

4) Ongoing Monitoring & Re-design

In response to positive and negative changes in supports or increase capacity.

I am interested in staying up to date with developments around ILOs and SIL Innovation, including invitations to My Supports information evenings.

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