Kristina and home sharing provider Tes attend the annual DCLS family picnic.

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Home Sharing


How to Apply

A high-level overview of the process follows:

 

  1. Submit your expression of interest to dcls@dcls.ca
  2. Home Sharing department will contact you for a brief phone interview to ensure eligibility, and to answer questions you may have
  3. Submit your full application, which will include driver's abstract, criminal record check and other records
  4. Meet with prospective families seeking home sharing services as they come into service with DCLS
  5. Once fit is determined, contract is drawn up and you become a home sharing provider

 

For more information contact our Home Sharing Services Manager Chrisoula Jana at 604.952.6479 or cjana@dcls.ca.


Home Sharing Providers are responsible for the safety, support, supervision and general well-being of a person with a developmental disability in their home. They must be dedicated to enhancing the life of the person in their care and providing whatever support is necessary to help them realize their goals. Becoming a Home Sharing Provider is a lifestyle choice that brings joy, rewards and challenges. It is not a role that everyone can successfully assume. Home Sharing Providers and their family must be willing to make a long-term commitment to provide residential support to the person in their home.

Home Sharing Providers are expected to develop and nurture positive relationships between themselves and the people who are important to the person they support – including members of their Personal Network of friends, family and peers. DCLS encourages all prospective Home Sharing Providers to give thoughtful consideration to, and seek information about, the roles and responsibilities associated with becoming a professional Home Sharing Provider with our organization.

To participate in DCLS Home Sharing Services, we require:

  • Current First Aid Certificate (Emergency First Aid for Residential Adult Care, or Safety Oriented First Aid)
  • Criminal record check
  • Completed Application form
  • Completed Health & Safety check
  • Doctor's certification
  • Name and contact information for three references (employment and character)
  • Experience and/or training in a relevant field
  • A valid Driver's License and current Driver’s Abstract
  • Valid home and vehicle insurance

It takes a time to complete the application process and to ensure that we find the right fit for our prospective home sharing providers and the people we support. Upon approval as a Home Sharing Provider, you will be placed on the Home Sharing provider list. Approval does not in any way guarantee that you will be selected to provide home sharing services to DCLS, as the matching process is a key element of the process to ensure a positive relationship for our home sharing providers and the people we support and their personal networks.