Respite Services is affiliated with supportyourway.ca and respiteservices.com. This is an online tool that is available throughout Ontario in many communities. Families who have sons and daughters who have funding for respite services may use this tool. This funding might be through Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Autism respite funding, Enhanced respite funding, resources through Family Respite Services or other similar kinds of funding.
This resource enables families and Direct Support Providers to use an online tool to be matched with one another. When a family registers on the website they provide a profile of their child and family needs without using their name. They can specify the kinds of skills needed, the time they require support, the age of their child and the approximate location they live in. Families can also view the profiles of people who are screened Direct Support Providers and ask for more identifying information so that they can meet the person and decide whether the person is a suitable caregiver for their child. A Family Coordinator at Family Respite contacts the family to ensure that we have all the information to enable a successful match. The family makes the decision about the selection of the person that will care for their son or daughter.
Direct Support Providers:
Families usually require that the person who provides services has experience and skills that prepare them to support their son or daughter. Approved Direct Support Providers can post a profile that outlines their qualifications, experience, availability and special skills. Direct Support Providers are identified by a profile number rather than by name. Families can request further information and schedule a time to meet. The Direct Support Provider can also view family profiles and ask to be linked with the family. Direct Support Providers are self-employed.
Supportyourway.ca and Respiteservices.com is a convenient way for families and Direct Support Providers to find a match that works for both parties. Family Respite Services plays an active role in assisting families and Direct Support Providers to use this tool.
For more information about this tool in Windsor/Essex contact Shannon:
519 972 9688 ext 136.