Purpose and Scope of Position
Inclusion NWT is a nonprofit organization providing services to clients with intellectual disabilities and their families, helping them to live meaningful lives in supportive communities.
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.
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.
This position also provides facilitator support across the Association including in Skills Training & Community Inclusion Service. In that service, the facilitator is part of a team providing support, guidance and experiential learning opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities who have communication and behavioral challenges. The service focus is employment-based skill development, life skills development, and community inclusion. Clients gain skills by completing community and business service contracts, and participating in literacy programming and life skills training. Through these experiences, clients improve their skill level, work towards achieving personal goals, and experience increased inclusion in the community.
Reports to Manager, Family and Children’s Services
- 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 share with the Family and Children Services Manager, in a timely and thorough manner, any information affecting respite service
- Assisting clients in their physical, social, emotional and life skills development. This increases their independence and allows them to function appropriately in the community.
- Providing support to adults in care. Services provided include crisis intervention, behavior management, and life skills training, whether on a one-to-one basis or in a group environment.
- Planning, developing, implementing and evaluating recreational, social, economic and/or educational activities for clients.
- Working cooperatively with other staff to develop programming to meet the client’s needs as identified in goal plans and case management meetings.
- Building relationships with clients and assists those clients in identifying programming options to meet their employment, educational, social and personal goals
- Assisting clients in working towards identified goals
- Supervising clients during programming
- Assisting clients with personal care and hygiene needs;
- Preparing written reports of client goal plans, planning and other reports as required
- Ensuring that the needs and rights of the client are of prime importance in all decisions
- Other duties as assigned including those of a STCI facilitator to meet the needs of the clients and the Yellowknife Association for Community Living.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Knowledge of and skilled at providing support to clients with disabilities while increasing their inclusion and skill development
- Knowledge of case management, assessment, development and implementation of individual goal plans
- Understanding of personal boundaries and the necessary assertiveness to maintain and enforce boundaries
- Ability to communicate with clients with intellectual disabilities
- Ability to adjust support methods to meet the needs of clients and to increase skill and participation
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team and to work with other agencies and community partners
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
- Basic computer skills including word processing and electronic mail
- Ability to show initiative, flexibility, and practicality
- Knowledge of and the ability to work with clients of varying cultural backgrounds
- Criminal Records Check
- Driver’s License
- First Aid and CPR Certification
- Crisis Intervention Training
- Some outdoor work in adverse weather conditions
- Ability to lift 23 kg
Inclusion NWT provides lifelong support for individuals with disabilities and their families in the NWT, since 1962.