Family Respite Services supports during Covid-19 Emergency Response

The support for families through FRS is an essential service in our community. We are not closed and continue to be there for you. However, as recommended we have most of our staff working remotely and we have closed our main office to visitors during this emergency response. The best way for families and Direct Support Providers to contact Family Coordinators is through their email, but they will also be receiving their voice mail and returning calls. We want to be in contact with you. We ask that Direct Support Providers and families send in timesheets or invoices through email. Send them to payroll@familyrespite.org.

We know that this is a very stressful time for families and direct support providers. We continue to urge families to follow the guidelines provided by Public Health. Our request is that you refrain from having Direct Support Providers come into your home for three weeks if possible. The purpose of this is to minimize personal contact and risk of transmitting Covid-19 to families, children and direct support providers. Families may consider having a close family member support your child for a period of time.

We know that this is not possible for some families. For those families who continue to have someone coming into their home please check in with one another prior to have anyone in the home. On each visit, review whether anyone in the family, the direct support worker or people that live with either party have travelled, are in self-quarantine or are experiencing an symptoms that are associated with Covid-19. If any of these conditions are present then DO NOT go forward with the support. In addition, Direct Support Providers are urged to practice hand washing several times throughout the visit. If any family using in home support or Direct Support Providers who are actively working become affected by Covid-19 we need to know this information immediately.

We know that this will also create hardship for some Direct Support Providers. If you need information about emergency funds or Employment Insurance that are available through the federal government please reach out to us.

Throughout this period we want to urge everyone to stay connected with each other and with us, to believe that we will all get through this and taking these steps will help everyone in our community. We hope to see creative responses from families and Direct Support Providers about ways that you are maintaining connections and doing activities through on line and would love to share your stories! 

Informational web link regarding How to Self Monitor provided Public Health Ontario.

Employés de soutien de SSAH et ACSD

Les familles qui reçoivent du financement des programmes Services particuliers à la maison (SPAM) et Aide pour les enfants gravement handicapés (AEGH) désirent souvent embaucher un travailleur à domicile pour leur enfant. L'employé signe un contrat avec la famille pour donner des heures régulières de service. Pendant ce temps, le travailleur passe du temps avec l'enfant pour que ce dernier développe des habiletés, établisse des relations, participe à la communauté et travaille sur des objectifs spécifiques. Si Services de Répit Familial gère le financement que la famille reçoit, l'organisme aide cette dernière à embaucher un employé. Une fois que la famille a choisi le travailleur, il devient un employé de SRF. Un coordonnateur de SRF offre du soutien et des ressources à la famille et au travailleur.

  • Les travailleurs à domicile travaillent habituellement de 3 à 10 heures chaque semaine, selon le montant de financement accordé à l'enfant.
  • Les contrats sont octroyés aux employés pour une période allant jusqu'à un an.
  • Les familles qui ont besoin de ce service peuvent demeurer n'importe où dans le comté d'Essex.
  • Les employés doivent être sélectionnés selon les critères de FRS, ce qui implique qu'ils doivent fournir un certificat de police et des références, en plus de réussir le cours de formation en ligne sur les soins de répit.
  • Les familles qui gèrent elles‑mêmes le financement qu'elles reçoivent de Services particuliers à la maison peuvent embaucher un travailleur à domicile à l'aide des ressources de respiteservices.com. Dans ce cas, le travailleur à domicile n'est pas un employé de SRF.

Comment devient-on un travailleur à domicile?

Si vous souhaitez devenir un travailleur à domicile, prenez contact avec Alexandria Fischer pour vous inscrire au cours de formation en ligne et discuter de votre intérêt et de vos qualifications :

519-972-9688, poste 156.

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