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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
Email: rlaroche@communitylivingontario.ca

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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 dschonhoffer@northumberlandfamilyrespite.ca. For screening purposes you should be prepared to provide a police check, including a vulnerable persons check and references.

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Canada Summer Jobs 2017

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2017 initiative is delivered by Service Canada on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and is designed to provide wage subsidies to help Canadian employers — not-for-profit organizations, public-sector and smaller private-sector employers (50 or fewer full-time employees) — create career-related summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30 at the start of employment. An employee must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. An employee must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person with official refugee status.

We are pleased and thankful to announce that we have been approved to hire 2 university students through the Canada Summer Jobs initiative. The outcomes achieved will provide parents with temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for children/youth with complex special needs.

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Merry Christmas from NFRS

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Job/Career Opportunity at NFRS

Job Posting

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Northumberland Family Respite Services Inc

Northumberland Family Respite Services is a not-for-profit agency formed in 1984 dedicated to providing a variety of respite options, host family services and community participation supports to individuals and their families within Northumberland County.

We are currently seeking an Executive Director to lead the agency. The successful candidate will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for the development, administration and delivery of services provided by Northumberland Family Respite Services in accordance with agency policies and procedures, Government regulations and Ministry guidelines.

A commitment to our mission and philosophy related to assisting persons with a developmental need to live in a state of dignity, and to participate fully and effectively within our community is essential.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of a post-secondary education program related to social services, finance, administration or other relevant fields
  • Experience in the developmental services sector
  • Experience in finance, human resources and administration
  • Strong computer literacy skills
  • Highly effective and professional communication skills
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and creative skills
  • Ability to lead and supervise staff
  • Experience working with a volunteer board of directors a definite asset

Please forward resume and cover letter by mail marked “Confidential” to:

Northumberland Family Respite Services Inc
72 Walton Street,
Port Hope, Ontario L1A 1N3

Attn: Dick Malowney, Chairperson Recruitment Committee

Deadline for applications is August 31, 2015.
While we appreciate all responses, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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“Passport Press” the newsletter about all things Passport from Tri-County

Passport Press May 2015 FinalPassport Press is the quarterly newsletter published by Tri-County Support Services. It’s their very first edition and shares Passport information that you may find valuable in getting the most out of your Passport Funds. Download it right here! Among other things it covers questions such as:

  • What is Passport?
  • What can Passport cover?
  • What if needs change?
  • How to: The new mileage form
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NFRS, “Opportunities for Life” Day Program, Session 3

Northumberland Family Respite Services is happy to present Opportunities for Life (Session 3). While you are enjoying respite from your care giving role, your adult son or daughter can participate in week day activities for individuals with special needs. Activities include:

  • Hobbies and Crafts
  • Life Skills
  • The World around Us
  • Health, Fitness and Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Community Connections
  • Access to social and recreational opportunities

Individualized support based on needs
Cobourg Location
Trinity United Church
Mondays and Tuesdays
March 23rd – April 28th
May 4th – June 6th
9:00am – 3:00pm

Brighton Location
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
March 24th – April 29th
May 5th – June 10th
9:00am – 3:00pm

Port Hope Location
Port Hope Rec Centre
Wednesday afternoons
(tied into Fun for Life)
12:00 noon ~ 3:00pm

Maximize your available Passport Funding
Space is Limited!! Call Wendy to register at (905) 375-4384 or Email: wheins@northumberlandfamilyrespite.ca

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NFRS “Opportunities for Life” day program

Northumberland Family Respite Services is happy to present Opportunities for Life. While you are enjoying respite from your care giving role, your adult son or daughter can participate in week day activities for individuals with special needs. Activities include:

  • Hobbies and Crafts
  • Life Skills
  • The World around Us
  • Health, Fitness and Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Community Connections
  • Access to social and recreational opportunities

Individualized support based on needs
Cobourg Location
Trinity United Church
Mondays and Tuesdays
January 19th – March 10th
9:00am – 3:00pm

Brighton Location
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
January 20th – March 11th
9:00am – 3:00pm

Port Hope Location
Port Hope Rec Centre
Wednesday afternoons
(tied into Fun for Life)
12:00 noon ~ 3:00pm

Maximize your available Passport Funding
Space is Limited!! Call Wendy to register at (905) 375-4384 or Email: wheins@northumberlandfamilyrespite.ca

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thank you for your dedication and support to families and individuals in our community. Your commitment to our program is sincerely appreciated.
The staff at Northumberland Family Respite Services
Yvonne
Sharon
Don
Anita
Wendy
Deirdre
Gabrielle
Jacquie

Be sure to ‘subscribe’ to our Bulletin Board to receive updates on, respite information, upcoming events and newsletters.

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