An ILO Host is a host family or an individual who is interested in sharing their home with an ILO participant.
What is an ILO?
An ILO (Individualised Living Option) is a choice of in-home supports that is tailored to the individual. ILO’s are designed with a person-centered approach so that you can live in a dwelling of your choice and live the life you want to live. If you are over the age of 18 with a need greater than 6 hours a day of either formal or informal supports, you are eligible to explore ILO options and if it is right for you.
What is the ILO process?
The method for implementing an ILO is separated into two phases to work with you and your family (if desired), step-by-step. This ensures security and flexibility for any life changes that might take place in the future.
Stage 1: Exploration and Design
In the first stage we will work collaboratively to;
- Explore your housing goals, plan, and explore suitable living options.
- Identify your networks and how they can be involved in supporting you – either formally or informally in an ILO.
- Plan the supports you require in your new home, consider hazards and develop mitigation strategies.
- We will create quotes, service agreements, and housemate agreements on a needs basis with a clear outline of your goals and review process.
- Create and submit a service proposal to the NDIA that captures all the planning in the Exploration and Design stage to secure the necessary funding.
Stage 2: Support and Monitoring
Once the proposal has been approved, in the second stage we will continue to work together to ensure;
- You feel safe and supported in the current living arrangement and continue to be happy with the supports being provided.
- All issues are addressed and resolved in an appropriate and meaningful manner.
- Any adjustments that may need to take place including changes to living arrangements or supports are actioned.
What can an ILO Arrangement Look Like?
Living with a Host Family
A host family is an unrelated family to yours that has a suitable room for you in their house. The family will provide care for you such as cooking meals, cleaning, and transport, and they will be reimbursed through your NDIS plan with a pre-agreed amount. In addition to the host family, other formal and informal supports will remain in place for you to maintain your independence and continue working towards your goals.
Living with Housemates
You can choose to move in with one or more other housemates that will agree to provide the support you need to live there. Housemates will be compensated through a pre-agreed amount in your NDIS plan for the support they provide. You can continue to have external formal and informal supports within this living arrangement as needed.
You can choose to live alone with ILO funding and have formal supports such as Support Workers who come provide you care and support. You would be managing your own home in a flexible arrangement that suits your needs.
What is not covered in an ILO:
- The house itself
- Support for activities outside of your home such as attending community events or going to work
- Any home modifications to the chosen living arrangement you may require
Get in touch with us
If you would like to explore ILO options more, please contact ILO Manager Tenny Der Grigorian at Lutheran Disability Services on:
Phone: 0401 057 213 or