Find your perfect home by exploring Individualised Living Options

Everyone has their own ideas about where they want to live, and whom they want to live with.

Some people love the idea of being in a share house with friends. Others prefer to live on their own. Some like a bustling, busy home environment; some don’t. Everyone’s unique. And this is where an Individualised Living Option (ILO) comes in.

An ILO is a personalised, tailored model that identifies what your best life looks like – and then makes it happen. Unlike some other home and living supports in the NDIS, an ILO uses a combined approached that includes both your formal and informal supports. It’s a model that can change over time as your needs evolve. The goal is to build a sustainable plan with a strong focus on getting family and friends on board as part of your support crew.

Here, we explore what’s involved with ILO and how you can get the most out of it with help from Scope’s NSW-based ILO team.

ILO explained

An ILO is a flexible home and living support package funded through the NDIS. It’s all about working with you and your family to identify the type of home you want to live in and the supports you’ll need to live there comfortably. It includes both formal and informal supports – in other words, support from therapists or qualified carers; as well as support from friends, community and family.

Given that everyone is different, the ILO model has the flexibility to suit various living arrangements. The most common options include:

  • Living on your own, with support provided as needed
  • Living with others in a share house, with flatmates you choose and with support provided as needed
  • Co-residency, where a carer lives with you (either full-time or part-time)
  • Living with a host family, who provides the support you need.

If one of the above options doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry – there are other options available. A great Support Coordinator will help you explore all your options and find what’s right for you.

Working out what you need

The secret to success with ILO? Working with an ILO Support Coordinator who truly takes the time to get to know you and explore what’s possible for your situation.

This is what Scope does. In the first stage of the ILO process – called the ‘Exploration and Design’ stage – we work closely with you and your family to design a tailored, inclusive model that looks at the big picture. We’re not just about getting you into a home as quickly as possible – instead, we look at your long-term needs and goals.

We know that some people have no idea where they want to live. That’s OK. We’ve designed a range of tools to help you work this out. Think of these tools like handy questionnaires designed to help find answers to questions you may not have thought to ask. For example, we might explore things like:

  • Your ideas around what makes a good life
  • What you want for your future
  • Your ideal house mate and, on the flip side, the definite no-no’s when it comes to people you want to live with (e.g. smokers, cat lovers, or noisy people)
  • The things you need to stay healthy and safe (e.g. medication, diet, therapy)
  • What your daily support schedule looks like, including the things you generally need help with

The above list only scratches the surface. Your Scope ILO Support Coordinator will dive much deeper over the course of many conversations with you and your family in a welcoming, safe environment that’s all about finding out more about you.

During this exploration stage, we’ll also help you identify and strengthen your circle of support, and will work with you and your family to design a support framework that includes both formal and informal supports. These supports will all be documented in a Service Proposal, which is then funded in the second stage of the ILO process – called the Supports stage – which is all about making it happen, finding you a home, and putting your supports in place.

At every step of the way, your Scope ILO Support Coordinator will be by your side.

Is ILO right for you?

ILO is just one type of home and living support funded by the NDIS. It’s generally suited to people who:

  • Are 18 or over
  • Need help at home for at least 6 hours each day
  • Are ready to explore their home and living needs, preferences, and options
  • Want to spend time finding and designing an ideal home environment
  • Have family or friends that might be part of your ILO supports.

If you or someone you love fits this description, and you’re keen to learn more about how Scope’s NSW-based team of ILO experts can you build a long-term living plan, contact us today.