Yellowknife Association for Community Living
November 13, 2019
Yellowknife, Canada
Job Type
Northwest Territories


Position Title: Respite Worker

Purpose of the Position: To provide the highest quality of respite care in accordance with Yellowknife Association for Community Living’s mission. Respite Care provides planned relief for families and the people with disabilities that they care for. Respite Workers carry out duties usually performed by the families in the day-to-day support of their loved ones with disabilities.


Role Responsibilities: The Family and Children Services Manager and the Families receiving respite support supervise the Respite Workers. All positions within the Respite Program report to the Family and Children Services Manager.

Service Responsibilities:

  • To ensure timely and thorough communication with families regarding periods of respite
  • To promote choice and decision making according to the needs and preferences of the individual and his/her family
  • To carry out activities that move toward mutually determined goals for each individual receiving respite support
  • To develop and participate in interesting and stimulating activities that are care recipient focused (in keeping with individual family preferences that are both in-home and community based)
  • To maintain a positive attitude with all participants and their families
  • To demonstrate flexibility and creativity in providing respite support to families
  • To follow all of Yellowknife Association for Community Living’s policies and procedures as outlined in the training program, orientation sessions, Policy Manual, and Respite Worker Resource Manual
  • To share with the Family and Children Services Manager, in a timely and thorough manner, any information affecting respite service
  • To work collaboratively with all people who support respite recipients and their families. This could include, but not limited to; Family and Children Services Manager, coworkers, and staff of the Yellowknife Association for Community Living
  • To complete the mandatory training program and necessary updates as required by Yellowknife Association for Community Living (First Aid and CPR, Criminal Record Check, vehicle insurance, etc)
  • To identify ways of meeting other professional or personal development needs in consultation with the Family and Children Services Manager
  • Other duties as required


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates sound decision making skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Non-judgemental attitude and commitment to full community participation for people with disabilities
  • Ability to be flexible and creative
  • Knowledge of supporting the needs of people with intellectual disabilities
  • Common sense and the ability to make decisions in sometimes stressful situations that are based on the best interest of the Care Recipient

Note: The above job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required for this position.


  • Patient and cooperative
  • Positive and friendly
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Honest and fair
  • Self-confident
  • Open to change
  • Creative and flexible
  • Hardworking and dedicated
  • A team player
  • Respectful to care recipients, their families, employers, and colleagues
  • Passionate about respite support for people living with disabilities

Working Conditions

The Respite Worker would typically spend most of their time in the homes of Care Recipients or at community events/activities with Care Recipients. Physical requirements may vary depending on the disability of the Care Recipient and could include assistance with mobility, toileting, transferring from bed to chair, etc

Working with individuals with varying abilities requires attention to detail, ability to follow directions, as well as accurate listening skills.

Company Info

The Yellowknife Association for Community Living provides lifelong support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

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