WELCOME TO H.O.M.E.S. ORIENTATION TRAINING. History of The H.O.M.E. Society. The H.O.M.E. Society was formed to respond to the needs of 16 individuals who had not succeeded in previous attempts to leave institutional life and return to the community.
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The H.O.M.E. Society
The H.O.M.E. Society was formed to respond to the needs of 16 individuals who had not succeeded in previous attempts to leave institutional life and return to the community.
The society grew out of a coalition of managers from 5 existing societies, family members and staff from the former institution.
Finally there was a major focus on the environment and neighborhood. Homes were designed to allow the men and women we serve to succeed despite challenging behaviors. Working closely with BC Housing and the architects enabled us to find rural sites, which allowed distance from neighbors' and enough space and options to allow energetic and productive living in a community setting.
The H.O.M.E Society believes that people with disabilities should enjoy the rights and responsibilities of all citizens. They should participate in decision-making in all aspects of their lives and should be fully included in their community.
H.O.M.E.S also welcomes the families and other significant persons in the lives of disabled persons be they former staff, friends or professionals. It is hoped that their experience and caring will assist the men and women we serve to live in the community as dignified and valued citizens. Furthermore, their participation will enable people to live richer and more satisfying lives and will assist H.O.M.E.S in ensuring a good quality of care.
The H.O.M.E. Society has adopted a philosophy of Gentleness as advocated by Dr. John McGee Ph.D. The goal of Gentle Teaching is companionship. Rather than try to change those we serve, we seek to change ourselves and the environment to allow those we serve to feel safe, loved, loving and engaged.
The H.O.M.E.S philosophy is one where by, the needs; rights and wishes of the individual are paramount. H.O.M.E.S recognizes that the values, beliefs, and life histories of all participants color each perspective.
Cam Dore`Executive Director
Dave LappinAdult Services Manager
Shelley RathQuality Improvement Manager
Diane HenrySupported Family Care Manager
Fern Miles Nurse/ Human Resources
Joan Finnsson Administrative Assistant
Naomi Woo Payroll/Office Manager
Kim McLaren Accountant
Kristen Finnsson ShareVision
Ashley Cross Activity Planner
Tina LakeyOffice Assistant
Bryce SchaufelbergerComputer Lab Tech
Joe Rikley Computer Lab Tech
H.O.M.E.S believes that establishing effective community partnerships with external resources enhances the care and support we provide. It is through these partnerships that we are able to be proactive and provide the best care possible to the folks we support.
A few of our community partners are:
Most of the men and women we support
have a dual diagnosis.
We contract for both Psychiatric and Counseling support. Both are in house.
This is paramount in eliminating common wait lists and providing the needed supports in a timely fashion.
Single/Two Person Homes
Supported Family Care
Work Experience and Opportunities
Licensed Homes are homes where three or more people live. These homes must be licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act .
All licensed homes in BC adhere to the Adult Care Regulations as outlined in the Act.
Usually, a more structured home for folks with varying disabilities. Many have high health and medical needs.
Typically, folks who live in this model have not done well in multi person homes.
Usually a history of assaultive or self harm tendencies.
Often dual-diagnosed with a combination of a developmental disability, mental health issue (schizophrenia, bi-polar etc.) or, of an organic origin like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Borderline Personality and others.
Usually start with 24hr 1:1 support and progress to shared support and often, a Family Care model.
Despite being seen as the most challenging, often thrive in a small circle of Family Care Support.
The most successful come from existing caregivers in a group home.
They spend time with individuals, introduce them to their families, welcome them to their homes on a casual basis.
Often starts with overnights or weekend respite.
Are often younger with small children.
The title says it all…time and time again we have seen those once seen with labels such as; “most challenging” or the “most difficult to place” thrive not when surrounded by highly trained staff, but by a small stable, loving family.
When the playing field is leveled and we seek companionship instead of control, when caregivers and those in care are encouraged and mentored to show warmth and love…an amazing thing happens…relationships!!!
Families are a basic element in a persons life that have allowed most of us to learn, to trust and to feel unconditional love.
We should be learning to feel safe and loved in our families.
Many of those we serve have never had that opportunity or have been moved from home to home countless times.
A Supported Family Care Model re-creates this basic feature of positive and stable families.
Unions – work with the unions to see that they can grow… not lose members and dues if they can be flexible
Peoples’ homes cannot be 24/7 staffed homes with union boards and rigid scheduling
Housing – not all potential Family Care Operators have the appropriate home to provide care. The agency may need to lease or renovate homes to meet the needs of all involved.
Making the lifestyle transition required - make no mistake it is a “lifestyle change” but one that comes with many advantages as well
Provide unionized, flexible caregivers to the family on an on-going basis
Create a safety net for caregivers to try Family Care without fear of job loss i.e. provide a Leave of Absence from their current position…..
Have instant 24hr. crisis response available
Provide networking/support opportunities for all
Family Care Operators
Stay involved….create work/social opportunities to keep those in care connected.
“Run to the crisis………walk through the door”
The H.O.M.E. Society is a leader in effective crisis response. All members of the management team are on call and available 24/7 to assist and lend a hand in all crisis. You’re as likely to see the Executive Director at 1am as you would any manager.
“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”
A P.A.T.H is a facilitated, social process that helps an individual focus on achieving a positive and possible future.
The process involves certain key people such as the individual (the Pathfinder), a Path Facilitator, a graphic recorder and people who are important to the Pathfinder.
“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”
A P.A.T.H. is a powerful planning tool, but in addition, and, perhaps even more importantly, it is a very powerful tool for invitation, innovation, community-building and commitment-building.
A P.A.T.H offers a broad view of the person’s vision for their own life, a vision sometimes developed in collaboration with friends and family members, especially when people have great difficulty communicating.
“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”
Within the First
of Being Hired
Welcome to H.O.M.E.S Orientation Training
NVCIP - Bi-Annually
CPIC - Every Five Years
Drivers Abstract - Annually
First Aid/CPR - Every Three Years
Home Specific NVCIPTraining
Focus on Nutrition
Occupational Therapy Training
Every H.O.M.E Society employee is eligible for an annual education grant of $150.00.
The H.O.M.E Society has an education info table in the training room.
We also have a “Work Safe” info centre in the training room.
Program Coordinator 2= Supervisor of a Licensed Home.
Program Coordinator 1
1.Team Leader of a Licensed Home. (The PC 1 assists the PC 2)
2. Team Leader of a single/two person home.
HOMES is very excited to be using the Com Vida (EMS) online scheduling system.
These are just a few of the benefits of using EMS:
Up to date availability for casual and PT employees.
Eliminates unnecessary phone calls
Consistent seniority updates
Eliminates the needs for a paper system.
Access on any computer.
All timesheets must be signed by the SFC Operator, or the SFC Manager
Please indicate the payroll dates on the timesheet
Please ensure you put your SFC employee number at the top of the sheet.
H.O.M.E.S utilizes Sharevision software not only to present a well informed public website, but also to store data relating to the services we provide. As we move farther along the electronic path, we will begin to transform most of our administrative functions over to the website. This includes forms, policies, payroll and scheduling.
Each of the individual’s we support has their very own website.
We encourage you to visit our site and keep informed of all the latest happenings at the H.O.M.E. Society.
H.O.M..E.S offers ShareVision training on a regular basis.
At H.O.M.E.S, we are very proud of our home on the web. Our website has a wealth of information, not only for visitors world wide, but for everyone involved with our society.
All of H.O.M.E. Society employees and contractors have their own personalized homesociety.ca email address. Having this email address will help keep the lines of communication flowing and end the need to send paper paystubs and memo’s.
Please feel free to explore our site and make any helpful suggestions you have.
More helpful info
Labor Management Committee
Health & Safety Committee
Mount Lehman Fair
H.O.M.E.S received a three year Accreditation status in June 2007 from C.C.H.S.A. (Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation) Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby we measure our services against a set of national standards. For our next accreditation, we will be following CARF standards. CARF is well known among Community Living Agencies in BC.
Continuing Quality Improvement is the foundation of the accreditation process and we are consistently exploring new avenues and ideas of how we can improve our services to both employees and the folks we support.
An example of C.Q.I. is:
H.O.M.E.S distributes satisfaction surveys to all of our employees, contractors and partners and stakeholders. The information gathered is crucial to guide us in improving our services and supports.
The H.O.M.E. Society is consistently leading the way in the following areas:
Focus on Nutrition
Focusing on being kind, nurturing, and loving toward marginalized children and adults—those who have been pushed to the edge of family or community life.
Helping those who have sorrowful life-stories feel safe with us and loved by us and others.
Helping those who have inherent vulnerabilities such as extreme poverty, homelessness, mental disability or mental illness feel safe with us and loved by us and others.
Mending broken hearts — hearts that have been broken by tragic life stories or by the particular nature of a mental or emotional disability.
A behavioral or behavior modification approach that uses reward and punishment to change behaviors rather it is based on unconditional love.
A "whatever works" approach rather one that looks at broadening and deepening a sense of companionship and community as a life-project.
A fast and easy approach toward helping others, but one that calls on deep commitment and dedication on the part of caregivers.
Just a way to look at changing someone else’s reality, but first asking us to look at our own reality and make it warmer and more loving.
Simply a technique but also a psychology of human interdependence.
Gentle Teaching is based on a psychology of human interdependence. It asks caregivers to look at themselves and their spirit of gentleness to find ways to express warmth and unconditional love toward those who are the most disenfranchised from family and community life. It views our role as critical and requires a deep commitment to personal and social change.
It starts with ourselves, our warmth toward others, our willingness to give without any expectation of receiving anything in return, and our intense desire to form feelings of companionship and community with those who are the most pushed to the very edge of society.
Gentle Teaching focuses on four essential feelings that need to be taught to those who are served— safe, loved, loving, and engaged. Caregivers not only need to ensure that those whom they serve are safe, but, more importantly, feel safe.
Board of Directors
Betty Lappin-(Acting) President
Manager of Accounting
Manager of Human Resources
Manager of Adult Services
Manager of Quality Improvement
Manager of S.F.C
Manager of Maintenance
Josh Van Vugt
A few summer’s ago, we produced and released our latest DVD. “I’ve Been Down That Road". It was first shown in Ghent, Belgium at the Gentle Teaching International Conference. "It moved them to tears" "Very powerful"
We had asked 10 of the men and women we support to meet with the video directors and tell them "what was life like before you came to HOMES", "What is life like now"
and "What do you think made the difference"
The young men and women were asked to speak for HOMES. This is their story.