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            This position requires a high degree of understanding and commitment to the individual residents of the home and to the philosophy of Gateway. It calls for competence in a wide range of areas, including home making and household and individual planning; sensitivity to all aspects of the lives of the householders is essential.

            Support workers must have the ability to live in situations of potentially high stress with the maturity to absorb tension and to live with occasional conflict, assuming responsibility for themselves and their own feelings. They should have the desire and the capacity to enhance the development of personal relationships and community supports.

            Most of all, they should recognize that the most important aspect of the being-with attitude, as opposed to the doing-for, is that of building relationships and that this challenges and enriches all staff in their personal growth just as it does the members of the household. Staff should enjoy being with and working with people who have developmental disabilities, believing that they have an important contribution to make to society and that they can enrich the lives of others.

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Casual Support Staff

Job Summary

Providing support to adults with intellectual disabilities in a home environment.  Assisting with daily living activities including meals, personal care, cleaning and care of the home.  The successful canditate will also support homeowners with social, work and recreation activities both at home and in the community.

Responsibilities and Duties 

Casual employees will provide relief and shifts may include days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays.  Once hired casual workers will have opportunities to apply for permanent full or part time positions.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A belief that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Some post secondary university education (Min 1 year) or relevant college education.
  • 7 Core Competency Training (as required by Government ) is required.  Paid training will be provided if required.  Training must be completed within 6 months.  
  • Meaningful experience with people who have developmental disability and physical disability.
  • An ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion .
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, working with others, taking initiative, problem solving, planning and organizing.
  • A desire to build relationships with people who have disability while supporting their individual needs, interests and personal goals.
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and holidays.

Compensation and Benefits

$15.00\HR (with core competency training completed)

6% Vacation Pay 

 

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Successful applicants will be required to provide a current criminal record check and child abuse registry check.

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Telephone:

  • (902) 454-0145

Fax:

  • (902) 454-0314

Email:
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Address:
Gateway Homes Inc.
73 Tacoma Drive,
Suite 701,
Dartmouth, NS,
B2W 3Y6

 

Office Staff:

Richard Bush
Executive Director
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Elena Laing
Office Administrator
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Mary d'Entremont
Administrative Assistant
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Janet Hoyt-d'Eon
Community Resource Developer
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Support Staff

This position requires a high degree of understanding and commitment to the individual residents of the home and to the philosophy of Gateway. It calls for competence in a wide range of areas, including home making and household and individual planning; sensitivity to all aspects of the lives of the household is essential. Support workers must have the ability to live in situations of potentially high stress with the maturity to absorb tension and to live with occasional conflict, assuming responsibility for themselves and their own feelings. They should have the desire and the capacity to enhance the development of personal relationships and community supports. Most of all, they should recognize that the most important aspect of the being-with attitude, as opposed to the doing-for, is that of building relationships and that this challenges and enriches all staff in their personal growth just as it does the members of the household. Staff should enjoy being with and working with people who have developmental disabilities, believing that they have an important contribution to make to society and that they can enrich the lives of others.

Specific Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities are carried out under the direction of the House Supervisor and, for part time/casual support workers, with guidance from permanent staff, as necessary and appropriate.

A. Support of the individual:

 

  • 1. Works to provide a comfortable, supportive home which can foster the growth of personal and community life and where the wishes of the householders are respected. Under the direction of the House Supervisor, ensures that the life of the home is oriented towards the self-esteem, growth and participation of those who live there. This includes a practical response to the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs of each person, a willingness to support that person only in so far as support is necessary and to do this by building on existing strengths and gifts.
  • 2. Recognizes the particular role of families, friends and advocates both in the operation of the home and in the lives of the people who live there, actively encouraging supportive relationships with them and informing them, when appropriate, as to the welfare of the individuals.
  • 3. Assists, teaches, monitors in the following areas, and acts as a role-model, where appropriate.

- Budgeting
- All meal planning, food preparation, grocery shopping
- House and yard maintenance
- Time management and personal routines
- Individual hygiene and grooming, including appropriate dress
- Care of clothing, including laundry and repairs

  • 4. Encourages decision-making by helping the individuals look at alternative and anticipate consequences. Provides opportunities for them to exercise choice in all areas of their lives.
  • 5. Is aware of and sensitive to the ongoing health needs of the residents. Assists with the acquisition, storage, charting and distribution of medications. Recognizes the necessity to take immediate action, obtain medical advice, and report to the Supervisor where a situation may warrant this. Assists individuals in attending health-related appointments and therapies.
  • 6. Is especially sensitive to the level of stress in the lives of each individual and is responsible for informing the Supervisor when any additional supports or services might be needed. Cooperates in implementing any recommendations made to better support the individuals.
  • 7. Helps ensure that each person attains maximum levels of proficiency in communication, and that opportunities exist to practice these skills frequently and in a variety of social environments. Under the direction of the Supervisor will implement any therapeutic or educational services which may be required.
  • 8. Recognizes the importance of, and actively promotes, cooperation and teamwork among the house staff to better support the householders.
  • 9. Works harmoniously and professionally with all Gateway staff with due regard for respect and confidentiality and, when difficulties arise, problem-solves through the guidelines as set down in the Policies and Procedures manual.
  • 10. Recognizes and accepts that when on duty it is not always possible to leave until a replacement has arrived, even if this means that the shift is unexpectedly prolonged.

 

 

 

B. Administrative Tasks:

 

  • 1. Keeps all records as required with due regard to respect and confidentiality.
  • 2. Attends house meetings, planning and other sessions including in-services and training events, as requested.

 

 

C. Other Responsibilities:

 

  • 1. Must work in compliance with the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • 2. Takes responsibility for all other related duties as necessary.

 

Gateway Homes, Inc. employs over 60 staff to provide residential and community supports to residents with a mental challenge on a 24 hour/7day week basis.

There are 24 full-time support staff, 33 part-time support staff and numerous casual support staff. Support staff are supported by 5 supervisors and a central office which provides management, human resource support, accounting, and payroll services. Gateway is a unionized workplace.

The majority of Gateway employees are initially employed as a casual support staff. Casual support staff are welcome to apply for permanent full and part-time positions as they become available.

Gateway is committed to hiring people who are properly qualified and who share in the organization’s philosophy, values and principles. Personnel recruitment is ongoing with an average of 2-4 new employees being hired each month.

An applicant should have an interest in assisting persons affected by disability, both at home and in the community, at work, in leisure and social activities. Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and demonstrate strong organizational skills.

Staff are required to have Grade 12 plus some post-secondary education in the Human Services field or have previous experience in a group home or small option setting. A number of employees with Gateway have attained or are currently working towards a university degree or community college diploma.

Applicants are required to have completed Grade 12 plus, some post secondary education in the Human Services field or have previous experience in a group home or small option setting.

There is currently a 2-year program in Residential and Vocational services being offered at several Nova Scotia Community College campuses. The training acquired through this program offers prospective employees consistent and relevant knowledge and skill pertinent to our field. The Department of Community Services (DCS) Standards state that this program, or its equivalent, will eventually become the minimum hiring standard for our employees.

Pending the full implementation of this standard, DCS requires that employees must complete seven core competencies before being eligible for the pay rates cited below.

The core competencies are:

 

  • 1. Fire and Life Safety
  • 2. Health and Personal Care
  • 3. Medication Awareness
  • 4. Individualized Planning
  • 5. Crisis Intervention
  • 6. Behavioural Supports
  • 7. Standard First Aid/CPR

 

Individuals who do not possess these competencies at the time of hiring will be required to complete training sessions within their initial 12 month probationary period. Gateway will provide paid training in all of the competencies listed above..

In addition to educational requirements, experience and personal attributes, prospective employees need to be flexible and able to work some evenings, overnights, weekends, holidays and relief work.

When applying please submit a cover letter and a resume. Two references from people who have supervised your work , a current Criminal Record Check and current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR will be required to complete the hiring process.

As of September 1, 2017, wages for casual support staff begin at $14.00 and increases to $15 per hour (with completion of core competencies) plus vacation pay. An overnight sleep shift is paid a flat rate of $84.60

Permanent employees (full and part-time) also enjoy excellent benefits, including ongoing staff development, paid vacation, statutory holidays , family and employee assistance program, and employer contributions to an employee pension plan.

To become a member of our team, please fax or email your resume and cover letter to:

Gateway Homes, Inc.
1000 Windmill Road, Suite 11
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1L7
902-454-0314 (fax)
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Mission:   Gateway Homes Inc. has been established by the relatives and friends of people with mental handicaps. Its purpose is to provide good stable homes in the community for these people, and to make supports available to them which will enable them to live full lives in the community.

To fulfill this mission, we think the following ideas are important:

 

  • 1. Normalization/Social Role Valorization

 

We believe that the principle of normalization provides a framework for supporting our relatives and friends. By normalization we mean “the use of culturally valued means to offer persons life conditions at least as good as those of the average citizens, and to as much as possible enhance or support their behaviour, appearances, experiences, status and reputation.” (Wolfensberger) We recognize the ambitiousness of the goals implied by this principle, and that we are only beginning to address them. We believe that many of the ideas that follow flow from this principle.

 

  • 2. Rights

 

We believe that our relatives and friends have the same human and legal rights as any other citizen. We are committed to respecting these rights in our operations, and to protecting and promoting them in the community, including the freedom to make choices, where possible.

 

  • 3. Individualized Supports

 

We believe that the best way to support our relatives and friends is by starting from who they are as individuals, and planning accordingly, rather than trying to “fit” them into any particular service form.

 

  • 4. Permanence

 

We are committed to providing and/or finding supports for our relatives and friends as long as they require them; probably the rest of their lives. We are committed to them as individuals.

 

  • 5. Flexibility

 

We need to remain open to the changing needs and wishes of our relatives and friends. If a supportive arrangement is no longer meeting the needs and wishes of an individual, we must be willing and able to make new arrangements for him/her.

 

  • 6. Smallness

 

We believe that the best way to support these people is in small, family-sized settings. We also believe that Gateway should remain small as an organization, so that we can all know the people we are supporting, and each other, reasonably well.

 

  • 7. Humane Supports

 

We support the December 1989 policy statement of the Canadian Association for Community Living on the use of aversive techniques. We believe that it is neither right, nor in the long run useful, to use such techniques. We believe that our relatives and friends can learn to behave positively through the use of respectful, positive, non-intrusive teaching and supports.

 

  • 8. Personal Relationships

 

We recognize that many of our relatives and friends are personally isolated, as a result of spending years in institutions. We know that a rich network of personal relationships is a central good in all our lives. We want to help our relatives and friends to develop a wide range of relationships with people in the community, ranging from casual acquaintances and associates, to close friends.

 

  • 9. Community Involvement

 

We believe that active participation in the community is an essential part of a good life for our relatives and friends. We want to help them find opportunities to participate in a wide variety of community activities, including, but not limited to, work – paid and/or voluntary, organized and spontaneous recreation, cultural activities, worship, associational membership and participation, etc. We want each individual to develop his/her own unique set of these activities and we want to provide or find supports for them to make their participation possible and meaningful.

 

  • 10. Integration

 

We believe that our relatives and friends will benefit most by participation in ordinary settings with ordinary community members, rather than in special settings for people with mental handicaps. Therefore, we are committed to supporting them in integrated settings and experiences, rather than segregated ones. We anticipate that individuals supported by Gateway will use segregated programs only if all avenues to integrated community involvement have been exhausted, or if an individual clearly chooses a segregated setting after having had the opportunity to experience an integrated alternative.

 

  • 11. Learning

 

Our relatives and friends need opportunities and assistance to learn valued, relevant skills. We are committed to planning with and for them around this, and to providing and/or finding the necessary opportunities and resources.

 

  • 12. Staffing

 

We recognize that the achievement of most of our goals will depend a great deal upon the efforts of Gateway’s staff. We believe that our relatives and friends need staff who genuinely like and care about them as persons and who see their role as supporting them in living good lives. We want staff to be and feel valued, and we are committed to doing our best, within funding constraints, etc., to offer them fair salaries and working conditions and to working in partnership with them. We believe that it is crucial that staff recognize and share our commitment to Gateway’s mission.

 

  • 13. Openness

 

We know that Gateway, like any organization, can and will make mistakes. We think that it is important that Gateway maintains an internal climate of self-criticism and self-evaluation, and continually looks for better ways to accomplish its goals. We also think we must remain open to, and encourage, external evaluation and criticism, and keep informed about new and different ways to support people with handicaps.

Physical Address


Gateway Homes Inc.
73 Tacoma Drive,
Suite 701,
Dartmouth, NS,
B2W 3Y6

 

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Contact Gateway

Telephone:
(902) 454-0145

Fax:
(902) 454-0314

Email:
info@gateway-homes.ca