Add Life to Your Home & Family by Sharing Them With a Person Who Has a Disability

 

Officially, Respite support provides individuals and their families with short breaks. But really, it’s about building a relationship with someone new and having experiences together that are truly fulfilling for everyone. 

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Do you have a willingness to invite a person into your family every now and then?

 

We urgently need more great people to host someone like Matt:

“I like my respite weekends because I get to hang out with a couple different families who are my own age. One family has a baby and a puppy. I think their baby is cute. I like seeing what movies and X-box games they have that I can play. Sometimes we go out to eat at a restaurant. Sometimes we go for a big family meal and I get to meet their parents. Their families are nice and I like meeting new people. Our weekends are fun.”

“I like my respite weekends because I get to hang out with a couple different families who are my own age. One family has a baby and a puppy. I think their baby is cute. I like seeing what movies and X-box games they have that I can play. Sometimes we go out to eat at a restaurant. Sometimes we go for a big family meal and I get to meet their parents. Their families are nice and I like meeting new people. Our weekends are fun.”

Or Paula,

“Stacey and I are like sisters. We like doing the same things together. We like shopping. We like working with the horses together, we cook together. Stacey was the one that got me into standardbred race horses.

Stacey is like a big sister to me. She gives me advice on stuff. Stacey likes the same hobbies as I do. We like working with the horses, watching movies. Having a support worker like Stacey is very important to me because I have no friends that like the same thing as I do.”

“Stacey and I are like sisters. We like doing the same things together. We like shopping. We like working with the horses together, we cook together. Stacey was the one that got me into standardbred race horses.

Stacey is like a big sister to me. She gives me advice on stuff. Stacey likes the same hobbies as I do. We like working with the horses, watching movies. Having a support worker like Stacey is very important to me because I have no friends that like the same thing as I do.”

The Benefits Are Great

 

Respite might provide short breaks of rest and relief for the individuals we support and their families, but it’s definitely not a one-way street.

Our provider families say it is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences they’ve ever had:

It’s an opportunity for your family to become comfortable with a wide range of people, learning to treat everyone with the same level of care, respect and friendship. 

You’ll enjoy all the fun and fulfillment of building a relationship with an individual that is well matched to you and your family and brings their own personality and sense of humour into the mix.

You’ll know that you’re making a difference in the lives of an individual and their family without really trying; you’re simply enjoying life the way you already do, while sharing it with someone else.

Respite With Randy is a Roaring Good Time.

 

“When Randy comes to visit, our neighbourhood comes alive. Randy is welcomed by everyone and if our neighbours spot him getting out of the car they always shout "Randy's here!" Everyone knows him and he keeps us laughing.  Randy loves parties on our deck, campfires with the neighbours, playing soccer and ball hockey, handing out candy on Halloween and most of all, giving the biggest hugs you could ever imagine.  Randy has been coming for respite for 20 years and we can't remember a dull moment when he's with our family.”

– Brenda, Respite Provider

The Requirements Are:

 

A Caring, Welcoming Attitude
Respite support is about building relationships where everyone wins, so a welcoming, caring and friendly attitude is essential.

No Experience Necessary
You don’t need prior experience. We’ll provide you with the support or training you might need.

A Private Room (for overnight only… some respite may not be overnight)
For overnight respite, it is essential for the privacy of each individual that you have a spare room for them to stay in that is comfortable and safe – we always include a home visit as part of the matching process.

Flexible Scheduling
There’s no obligation to set a schedule. Tell us what works for you (an evening, a weekend, a family vacation) and we’ll help with the arranging.

Expenses Reimbursement
You don’t have to be out of pocket for opening your home, we provide reimbursement to offset costs you are likely to incur.

Honest
Protecting people we support is a top priority and so part of the matching process will require you to obtain and provide us with a vulnerable sector police check.

We Are Great Matchmakers

 

Great relationships start with a great match, so before you open your home to an individual we always make sure that you are a good fit for each other, that you connect well and that you enjoy each other’s company.
 

Initial Interview
The matching process always starts with a low-key interview where you get to ask all the questions you might have and together we figure out whether the program is a good fit for you.


Screening
This is where we take care of all the important stuff like the police check and home safety assessment.


Orientation
To ensure you’re well informed about all aspects of the program we’ll take you through a detailed orientation.


Coordinator Meeting
This is where you get to meet our Extend-A-Family coordinators who will share about the specific individuals that we believe are the best fit for you.


Meeting Each Other
Your first meeting with an individual and their family will also include an Extend-A-Family coordinator so that everyone can get to know each other in a low-pressure environment.


Spending Time Together
Before an individual comes to stay we always recommend spending some time getting to know each other – go for a coffee, have dinner or grab a movie – it’s confidence building for both of you.


Always Plenty Of Support
As a provider of Respite support you’ll always be in contact with our coordinators and have all the training and support you need from our team of experts. You having a great experience is just as important to us as the individuals having a great experience.

Roles Available

 

As a contract support person your role is to establish a mutually respectful, nurturing relationship with the people we support.  Guided by compassion, commitment and a responsible  attitude, you’ll readily display these values and ideals in your relationship with the person being supported and in your representation of EAFWR as an organization.

Supporting Children through Special Services at Home (SSAH)

A goal oriented, individualized program that supports children with a developmental and/or physical disability, sometimes including medically complex needs.

Supporting Adults through PASSPORT

A goal oriented, community based, individualized program that supports adults with a developmental disability.

Your Responsibilities

 

As a support worker you have two primary responsibilities:

Provide Support to the Person and Family

Build a relationship with the person being supported and create opportunities to help them in achieving the defined goals. Be open, respectful and honest with the person being supported, their family and your EAFWR support team.

Provide Support to EAFWR Administration

Participate in training and staff development, adhere to relevant guidelines and operate respectfully, inclusively and in a person-centered way consistent with EAFWR values.

Paula is a huge part of my life

 

“Paula is so much more than an individual I support. She has become a best friend to me. We spend hours and days on end together and she is a part of my life in so many ways. Three years ago I introduced Paula to my horse Woody and now she is hooked on horse racing. She has adopted a horse I look after as her own, spends time riding, grooming and jogging my horses with me and attends as many races to help me as she can. She is a huge part of my life and I can't even imagine my life without her now. I am so thankful to extend a family for matching me with Paula I need her as much as she needs me.”

– Stacey, Respite Provider

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About Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region

 

Established in 1981, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region has helped well over 3400 individuals find jobs, move into apartments, play music, tie their laces, learn their phone number, manage a budget, drink coffee, ride a horse, play hockey, watch movies, and generally enjoy all of the experiences that most of us take for granted.

We believe in an inclusive community where everyone is appreciated and respected for who they are and contributes in their own way. As such we want our support providers to value the experiences they have with the people they support as much as much as the people we support value them.

If this sounds like something that interests you, we want to hear from you.

 

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Respite With Randy is a Roaring Good Time.

 

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