Two young adults with mild disabilities (one young man, age 23, and one young woman, age 25) who have chosen to live as room-mates (with a beautiful dog) in their own rental suite seek a caring home-share provider and who will support their independent living goals. The successful applicant will enter into an agreement with the young adults’ support societies (micro-boards that are run by their families) and move into the existing new 3 bedroom home with them as a co-occupant / room-mate. You will have your own private, furnished room.
By living as their room-mate and providing live-in supports, this position covers all of your rent, food and household expenses (all utilities, wireless, Netflix, Prime, Crave, Disney+ accounts) in addition to a tax-free monthly stipend of $1500.
Some details about your role:
Provide daily support with basic home skills (e.g. cooking, budgeting, planning activities, housekeeping, pet-care, etc.)
Facilitate some community participation (when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted), e.g. part-time employment, sports, culture, volunteering etc.)
Ensure medical/safety care plans are followed (e.g. medication is taken, going to appointments)
These activities are expected to take up approximately 20-25 hours per week, mostly in the morning and evening, i.e. help with morning routines, packing lunches, preparing evening meals, overseeing household chores, walking the dog, etc. ). There are additional hours available to book at $22/hour for more structured activities and outings.
You will have negotiated days, evenings and occasional weekends off as well as vacation time off and respite time. Each young adult spends time with their families throughout the week, so there is lots of time off for you to relax built into this job. Your schedule will be pre-arranged by mutual agreement with the care societies/families and remains negotiable and flexible as things come up. It is possible to work at a part-time job as long as you are available in the mornings and evening meal-times and do not plan to work more than 15-20 hours per week. It is also possible to take classes and study in this position. You may also work from home (i.e. a job you do online) as long as the schedule is somewhat flexible. As long as appropriate COVID-19 precautions are taken, you can socialize and participate in your regular faith and community activities while doing this job.
This position would be a good fit for someone who loves people and dogs, wishes to work in the caregiving sphere, has a lot of energy, patience, and a great sense of humour. You must be willing to work closely with the young adults’ family members and to support their established, structured routines and to help them thrive in their community.
Legally entitled to live in Canada for 1 year or more – you will be asked to show this documentation. We are happy to support you in gaining permanent residence and bringing your families to Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/caregivers/child-care-home-support-worker.html)
19 years of age and up – we are especially interested in candidates who are 25-35 years old (approximately)
Good physical and mental health (you will provide a note from your doctor when hired)
Able to communicate clearly in both spoken and written English (English as Additional Language speakers are welcome!) and be able to use both computer and smartphone to communicate
Able to commit to at least a 1 year term in this role
Current First Aid/CPR (if you don’t have it, apply anyway, you can take this during home study phase)
Valid driver’s license (there is no need to have your own car)
Some educational background or lived experience relevant to this position (i.e. courses in social work; child and youth care; education; nursing; kinesiology; occupational therapy; psychology; have a family member with a disability; prior work experience, work as an inclusion advocate, etc.). If you don’t have this background, you should be willing to take the time to learn about inclusion issues and how to be a supportive ally and advocate for people with disabilities.
Once we exchange some details, we will ask for a resume and your references then book an interview. You will then have a chance to meet both the young adults, and their family members, see the home, meet the dog, and ask us more questions about this role.
If offered this position, you must be willing to undergo a detailed home study (you will be given extensive support from the residents’ care societies/families to get this successfully accomplished) and undergo a criminal record and background check (these checks are part of the home study).
Due to COVID-19 protocols, we will be taking extensive precautions throughout the hiring process for everyone’s safety (wearing masks indoors, meeting and talking outside at safe distance).
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