Tuesday
May292012

Question: Do I Get A Break...?

Respite - Rest - a break.

Home Sharing can be a lot of work. Both physical and mental. 

Generally all the contracts we get from CLBC, (The crown agency that funds adults with developments disabilities) include money for respite. The amount varies depending on the supported needs of the client. Typically the amount covers two days a month. 

Different home sharing agencies have different philosophies about using respite money but one constant is the absolute need to use it. It is never a good idea to just "tough it out" and save the money. Most of my collegues in this profession have it as a requirement that it is used, and that it should be shown how it was used during monitoring visits. 

Taking a regular break whether is used a few hours a week, a couple days a month, or saved up for a vacation is essential for a home share providers self-care. Also, it provides a valuable change of pace and opportunity for more relationship building for the supported individual.

Thursday
May172012

Am I Qualified To Do Home Sharing? 5 Ways You May Be More Ready Than You Think...

Are you interested in Home Sharing but aren't sure it's for you? Do you think you may not have the experience necessary to get started?

Here are 5 reasons Home Sharing may still be right for you...

  1. You may have more experience than you think... Let me explain. Often people think that experience means working in a setting with adults with developmental disabilities on a first hand occupation basis. I have met and interviewed lots of people who don't realize that experience with friends and family with special needs or a physical/developmental disability is actually some of the best training one can have. Often those who have worked with the elderly or in a carehome situation are well suited for this opportunity. Perhaps you have done foster care or respite in the past?
  2. You've always been a caregiver at heart... Have the kids left home? Have you worked in a public service job that required acts of kindness in helping others get the most out of life? Often people who are the best caregivers and home share providers are the ones that have the make up and caregiving ethic inside them naturally. 
  3. Your family taught you well... One of the questions I ask when screening caregivers is, "What in your family history has prepared you to open your home to a person with needs"? Often experiences growing up in a family that had a welcoming an open produces people who are welcoming and accomodating themselves. Often these same people understand well the value and reward of sharing their life and home with others.
  4. Take a course, volunteer or help out a friend... There are great programs and options for people that are interested in becoming a caregiver. There are some great courses that run anywhere from a few weeks to a bit longer. Usually there are practicum experiences that are associated with courses that provide valuable experience. 
    • Along the same line, contact a local agency that works with the kind of people you would like to support and ask to help out. Most everyone I know in this field look forward to the helping hand a volunteer provides.
    • Maybe you can help out someone by providing respite. Respite is a situation where you give another caregiver a break and support their client for a short time. **Keep in mind, in order to participate in these areas be prepared to have a criminal record check, references, interview and other requirements (First Aid, WCB, etc.) necessary.
  5. Contact an agency and chat with them... You may discover that during the screening process all the character traits and desires you have to support someone else are discovered. Contact a few. Don't give up. Like I mentioned some do require specific work experience because of the clients they support but most will take the time to help you determine whether home sharing is right for you. I know I would!

 

This is from the Home Sharing FAQ page on our site.

YRL prefers home sharing contractors to have experience in the social service field and with people living with disabilities. More importantly though than experience, we are looking for caring individuals that demonstrate the right kind of compassion, disposition, aptitude, skills, and physical accommodations  to care for a supported individual in their own home. If this is you, and you may lack traditional work experience in this field but would like to talk more about home sharing, please contact Jason at home-share@younghusband.ca  or call  604-466-1220

 

Thursday
May172012

New Home Share Blog!

Hi there,

My name is Jason and I try to find great homes for great people. 

One of the things about Home Sharing or Shared Living is that there are a lot of people that would like to know more about it but it's not always that easy to find places with answers on the web.

Hopefully some of the articles that are posted here will be of interest and maybe answer some questions.

We look forward to posting articles or links to other great resources we find here at the blog on a frequent basis.

Check back soon for more stuff!

 

 

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