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Respite Database Service

Respite Database Service
Autism Nova Scotia is operating a Respite Database in the Halifax and Annapolis Valley area where families can connect with trained respite workers and other respite services. These respite workers have been screened via a background check, a vulnerable sector check and a child abuse registry check. For more information, visit the respite services page.


 

What is respite? 
Respite has been traditionally defined as a “short break” for caregivers of persons with disabilities. Recently, respite has evolved to allow respite workers to mentor individuals and assist them with socialization and increase their participation in the community. 

Database Information 
Autism Nova Scotia is operating a Respite Database in the Halifax Area where families can connect with trained respite workers and other respite services. These respite workers have been screened via a background police check with vulnerable sector check, a child abuse registry check and reference checks. In addition, they have their first aid certification and have been provided with respite training. The database is similar to respiteservices.com that is used in Ontario and has been successful since 2007. The database has had cross (dis)Ability applications since 2015. As of May 2017, we have outside of the HRM to the service areas of the Annapolis Valley region.

What are we looking for?

  1. Families living in the Halifax Area who care for children, youth, and adults with (dis)Ability and need respite support.
  2. Individuals living in the Halifax Area and part of the Annapolis Valley area who have experience or are looking to gain experience supporting children, youth, and adults with (dis) Ability.
The next step.

For Families
If you are interested in being connected with a respite worker, please contact Melissa Myers, Respite Coordinator at Melissa.myers@autismns.ca or 902-446-4995 Ext.33
Or click here to go to respiteservices.com and select ‘Nova Scotia’ to complete the online application form.
For Workers
If you are interested in becoming a respite worker on the Respite Database, please contact Melissa Myers, Respite Coordinator at Melissa.myers@autismns.ca or 902-446-4995 Ext.33
Or click here to go to respiteservices.com and select ‘Nova Scotia’ to complete the online application form.
*Please have a copy of your resume ready to upload as well as three contacts (emails only) to be used as reference checks.*

Respite Worker Intake Process
Workers must complete the following steps to be matched with a family on the respite database.
  1. Apply to the Respite Database
  2. Interview with Respite Coordinator
  3. Obtain necessary documentation
  4. Complete respite training
  5. Attend Orientation
The necessary documentation
The Respite Coordinator will collect the following required documentation.
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • First Aid
  • Reference Checks