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Volunteers needed

Special Needs Shinny

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NFRS is looking for Family Home Providers

Northumberland Family Respite is looking for Family Home Providers residing in the Northumberland and surrounding areas.
The purpose of the program is to match and place adults with a developmental delay into carefully selected private homes.

The Family Home Program creates an environment where supported individuals lives with the family and/or an individual and shares in their lives. The Family Home Program offers greater opportunities, choices, independence and quality of life to people. Individuals are matched by assessing shared interests, compatibility, location and access to services.

Support is provided to the individual and family by the Family Home Coordinator. Northumberland Family Respite Services provides financial compensation and the individual pays room and board.

If you are interested in becoming a family home provider and would like to learn more about our program, please contact Leah Graham or Jacey Davis at Northumberland Family Respite Services, 905 885- 6671 Ext. 225 or 227

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Caregiver & Service Provider Survey

Caregiver & Service Provider Surveys
RE: Persons Aging with a
Developmental Disability

Reena and Mary Centre of the Archdiocese of Toronto (Mary Centre) are updating the 2006 Transitional Guide – now renamed Aging with a Developmental Disability: Planning for Success.

The revised guide will assist caregivers and health and social service organizations in early planning for aging persons living with a developmental disability. We look forward to receiving your valuable input on the two anonymous surveys (see links below) by June 8, 2018.

Click Here for the Caregiver Survey

Click Here for the Service Provider Survey

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Press Release from Community Living (April 26, 2018)

April 26, 2018: Press release from Community Living Ontario

People with complex care needs to benefit from changes to home care services in Ontario 

Toronto, ONTARIO – Community Living Ontario is pleased with recent changes made by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term-Care regarding the regulation governing the provision of home care services in the province. Effective April 1, 2018, the government amended the home care service maximums set out in Regulation 386/99 of the Home Care and Community Services Act. The amendment increases the combined service maximum for homemaking and personal support services to 120 hours in any 30-day period. In addition, people with complex care needs are now defined under the regulation and are exempt from the service maximum and nursing service maximums.

 “Community Living Ontario believes the changes will provide much needed support and safeguards for many Ontarians,” said Community Living Ontario CEO, Chris Beesley, “in particular, for people who have an intellectual disability at risk of being inappropriately moved from their home to a long-term care facility as a result of their need for support.”

“We expect that the government will also use the regulatory change as a tool to help the estimated 2,000 people who have an intellectual disability and who are inappropriately housed in long-term care facilities to plan for a return to the community.”

The regulatory change follows a human rights complaint brought forward by Audrey Cole and her son, Ian, in 2016. At the time, Community Care Access Centre in Lanark County informed the Coles that Ian would have to move to a long-term care facility in order to get the daily nursing care he required. Ian lives in his own home with a roommate, and there was no question about his desire to continue to do so. The only barrier to this occurring was the fact that he needed five brief nursing visits a day, one more than was previously allowed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Community Living Ontario, along with People First of Ontario, the Canadian Association for Community Living, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission, supported the Coles and applied to intervene in the case. The effort resulted in an initial increase in the caps on home care visits in 2016, which was followed by a consultation process to explore additional ways of ensuring that people with complex support needs were able to live in their own home and receive the assistance they required. The recent regulatory change is in response to recommendations of the consultation process to define complex needs under home care and to make provisions to allow service support maximums to be responsive to the unique needs of those who meet the definition.

“There have been very positive consequences for Ian since the regulation was first changed from four to five nursing visits,” said Audrey Cole. “Not only does Ian get to stay in his own home, he now receives the necessary nursing visits and has had only one infection requiring antibiotics since.”

“With the flexibility now provided under the amended regulation, such situations should never arise. That alone represents a major change in community health care for which Ian and I are very grateful.”

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Community Living Ontario is a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their lives and in their communities. We represent more than 12,000 people, families and over 100 member organizations across the province.

For additional information and interview requests, contact:

Ron Laroche
Director, Communications, Marketing and Fund Development
Community Living Ontario
Cell: 1-416-707-4907

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Do you enjoy working with people?

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Do you enjoy working with people?
Would you enjoy guiding and supporting individuals with special needs, by assisting them to become more involved in their community?

Northumberland Family Respite Services assists families by screening independent service providers and providing a registry they can access. Families are looking for people to provide respite for their family members with special needs. If you are someone who is interested in assisting individuals to lead a fulfilling, healthy, well balanced life, this may be for you. You could be asked to provide support for the individual to learn life skills, social skills and independent living skills. You could even be asked to take a child to the park or do a craft with them so mom and dad could take a much needed break.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing please contact Don Schonhoffer at 905-885-6671 ext. 222 or by email at For screening purposes you should be prepared to provide a police check, including a vulnerable persons check and references.

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Welcome to our new Website

Thank you for visiting our newly created website. We look forward to providing you the resources and information you need to make choices about respite services for you and your family.

Please take some time to review the site and check back frequently. We will continue to provide information and post relevant news that may be of interest to you on our Bulletin Board page. While you are at it, please take a moment to “Subscribe” in the right hand column. By doing so, you will receive email notifications whenever items are posted to the Bulletin Board.

If you have any comments or suggestions about improving your experience with the new site please contact us at 905 885-6671 or email

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