Community Support Services

Community Support Services were initiated over a quarter of a century ago in order to bridge the gap between the choices of doing it all alone and resorting to out-of-home placement. By offering in-home assistance, St. Joseph’s was hoping to alleviate some of the daily stresses very dedicated parents and siblings encountered while caring for a family member who is developmentally delayed. Since that time, hundreds of families have availed themselves of the services and have subsequently survived and flourished.

Through continually evolving components of the program, St. Joseph’s is able to respond to specific situations. In each case the needs and interests of the individual are assessed within the context of the family. A plan is formulated and a great deal of flexibility is built in.

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In-Home Respite

The Family Aid program can offer personal care, a friendly visitor or a personal companion on routine or recreational outings. The assistance can be available as often as several times a week or as infrequently as once a month, depending on need. Every effort is made to maintain consistency between staff and client, thus fostering an increased level of comfort.

Respite Care Program

Respite services provide the family with a temporary break from the constant care required for a family member with developmental disabilities who lives full time in their family home. Respite services are usually provided overnight—in or out of the family home.

A Respite "Case in Point"

Ryan is a young man with intellectual disabilities, who lives at home with his family. Several weekends each year, Ryan stays at the home of Barb, his Respite Provider. There, Ryan can spend two leisurely days and nights on a "mini-vacation" doing all the things he likes best. Confident in the care and attention her son is receiving, Ryan's mom is free to take a few moments to care for herself.
From the Respite Provider's perspective, "Having Ryan for Respite Care is so rewarding." Barb and Ryan spend their time doing all the things that are his "heart's delight" - drawing and coloring, shooting hoops. watching movies, visiting friends, shopping and going out to eat. Barb uses visits to stores and restaurants to work on Ryan's skills of counting money and proper table manners. This program has been a truly positive experience for Ryan, his family and for Barb.


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Supported Independent Living

Supported Independent Living is a program that provides minimal assistance for people with developmental disabilities who are able to live on their own. The program serves as a bridge from living at home or in a Community Living Arrangement (CLA) to independent living. The support provided by St. Joseph’s varies from a minimum of 5 hours a week to 30 hours of assistance per week. St. Joseph’s may help with finding suitable housing, meal planning, cooking and domestic skills, and shopping. They may also help with exploring education and work opportunities, money management and support for medical appointments. If a person needs help accessing recreational and social opportunities, this may also form part of the service.

Companion Services

Companion staff provides individuals with safe and enjoyable community outings. Services are planned and provided through cooperation with the person receiving services, family members and the service coordinator.

Home and Community Habilitation

This program assists individuals living in the community in attaining, maintaining skills in the areas of self-help, socialization and adaptive skills. It can be helping someone learn how to cook, ride a bus or make small purchases. This is defined by the service coordinator in the ISP.

For more information:
Ann Rink, Administrator of Community Programs