Do you want to make a meaningful difference in your community?
Our vision is for a community that welcomes and includes everyone!
The Chilliwack society for Community Living is looking for community members who share our vision, and are interested in becoming contracted caregivers to provide either part time respite or full time shared living supports in Chilliwack and surrounding communities.
CSCL believes adults, children and youth with developmental disabilities have a right to live full lives in our community. Our services provide opportunities for individuals to grow, make friends, participate in community, learn, have fun and make choices for themselves.
Who is CSCL?
Hear from people already sharing their homes and lives as contracted caregivers with CSCL:
What do Contracted Caregivers do?
There are two ways that contracted caregivers with CSCL make a difference in our community:
Community Respite looks like…
CSCL contracts mature individuals, couples or families to provide respite care within their own home for individual children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The contracted caregivers will be expected to provide a high quality of care and support in such areas as personal hygiene, appearance, health care, nutrition, social and recreational activities.
Hours are flexible, dependent on the needs of the individual and their family. They may include individual hours, overnight stays, or periods of up to a maximum of three weeks at a time.
HomeShare looks like…
CSCL contracts mature individuals, couples or families to provide safe, nurturing, community based, shared living arrangements for adults with developmental disabilities.
The contracted caregivers will be expected to provide a high quality of care and support in such areas as personal hygiene, appearance, health care, nutrition, and, ideally, integrate the individuals into their own social and recreational activities.
CSCL is here to support you every step of the way as you make an incredibly meaningful impact in the lives of others.
we looking for?
It is not critical to us what type of experience you have. It’s more important what kind of person you are. We are looking for:
- People who share our core values
- People who have space in their home and love to give
- People who are caring and compassionate
- People who are responsible, patient and willing to learn
- People willing to make an individual feel like part of a family
- People with a positive attitude
- People who are resilient under stress
If this describes you, we welcome your application!
Learn more about:
The Caregiver's Role
- Provide a high standard of Quality of Life
- Guidance and/or support in the areas of personal hygiene, health care, nutrition and mental health
- Teaching new life skills; providing learning and growth opportunities
- Provide social, vocational and recreational opportunities
- Work collaboratively with the individuals support network, professionals involved (Health Care, DDMHS, CBI, MSDPR, CLBC and CSCL)
- Effectively communicate both verbally and written
- Maintain records of individual’s care plan
How caregivers are matched with individuals
CSCL’s goal is to obtain longevity in a HomeShare and Respite placements, establishing long last relationships between the individual and caregiver. Preferences of both the caregiver and individual are considered when options are being reviewed:
- Family Dynamics
- Pets in the home
- Location/Area of Chilliwack
- Shared interests
- Shared space or suite
- Religious backgrounds
- Caregiver Experience and skill set
Screening and general requirements
Screening caregiver applicants involves: 1) Application, 2) Written Interview, and 3) SAFE HomeStudy. Additionally, CSCL requires the following of applicants:
- Must be 19 years of age or older
- Can be single, couples, couples with children, or retired
- Class 5 driver’s license
- First Aid certification
- Medical clearance (clarification?)
- Clear criminal record check (for all members of the household 18 years and older)
- 3rd party liability insurance
- Ability to provide a safe and nurturing community based home
- Willingness to open and share your home
- Some knowledge of the Community Living Philosophy of Support
- Willingness to learn with an open mind
- Be flexible and supportive
Training and support provided to caregivers
CSCL will have your back! We have tools and resources available to help caregivers succeed. Training in the folowing will be provided:
- CLBC or MCFD privacy training
- CLBC HomeShare Standards
- First Aid Training
- CPI/NVCI or Mandt
- ShareVision system
Start something new that enriches your life and the life of others!
I chose this career because I really enjoy being with people. I have a love of people, laughter, excitement of new opportunities. I just wanted to share that within our home.
~ Sandy | Caregiver
It makes me feel like I’m doing something to help someone. I’m not just trying to get through life for myself. I already know I can do that. There are some individuals who cannot do that on their own.
~ Tex| Caregiver
My service as a caregiver for CSCL has been nothing short of extraordinary. It’s been such a wonderful experience and building strong relationships with the kids is exhilarating, fun, entertaining. The team at CSCL is great!
~ Sherry| Caregiver
Who is CSCL?
The Chilliwack Society For Community Living (CSCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adults with developmental disabilities, children and youth with special needs, and their families, in the Chilliwack and surrounding areas. Established in 1954, we are proud to have become a leading advocate in the Community Living field, and partner with many other quality organizations that share our vision and core values.
Learn more about us here.
In February 2021, CSCL achieved our latest CARF accreditation, demonstrating that our organization conforms to the highest standards of service of care, and use of continuous quality improvement practices. We are proud of this achievement and feel it reflects how deeply commited we are to providing a high level of service and supporting the people who make this possible.
Learn more about our accreditation here.
What we offer: