Alice Saddy Association offers the following support options, all while focusing on building our inclusive community. For information on how to apply for support, click here.
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
People live on their own or with a roommate in an apartment with supports tailored to meet their individual needs.
Direct Support Professionals offer support for a few hours a week to 24 hours a day, based on the needs of the individual. Support can be offered with cooking, cleaning, medication administration, banking, as well as assistance with shopping, attending appointments, leisure activities and making natural connections within the community.
Support in Long Term Care
Direct Support Professionals provide support and advocacy for people living Long Term Care (LTC) in London/Middlesex. Supports can range from accompanying people to activities within their home to community activities.
Share Your Home Program
The Share Your Home (SYH) Program originated when a need was seen as youth were transitioning from the Children’s Aid Society to adult services. However, now it is seen as a successful support model for anyone of any age.
Share Your Home providers open their homes to provide a supportive, family-oriented environment where people can learn skills for independently living, or who have lived independently and are now requiring a little more support.
This type of support option is based on a “good neighbour” concept. The monitor lives nearby and provides a consistent overnight presence and neighbourly relationship should support be needed.
Community Participation Supports
As a support for community participation, we often utilize our Grosvenor Community Room, which is a local space Alice Saddy Association uses as a starting point for those we support to become active in their community.
People are able to access information about local leisure events and community events, sign out camping and sporting equipment, receive assistance with employment and volunteering opportunities, and develop cooking skills in the fully-equipped kitchen.
Passport & Other Self-Directed Funding
What is Passport?
Passport is a program funded by the Ontario government which provides financial assistance to adults with developmental disabilities by giving them additional means and flexibility for services and supports.
Developmental Services Ontario manages the application process for Passport (or “direct”) funding. It is considered “direct” funding because the funds go directly to the person requiring support who can then choose and pay for their own supports directly, either privately or through a support agency such as Alice Saddy Association.
The amount of funding one receives is based upon the individual needs identified in the application process.
What Can Passport Funding be Used For?
Community Participation and Daily Living Activities
- Fees and supplies for programs and classes which support independent living and skill improvement such as literacy, cooking, financial and computer skills
- Fees or admission costs to participate in community events, or club and recreational memberships
- Employment training and supports
- Transportation costs for activities
- Covering the wage and fees for a support worker if needed to attend community participation events or activities
Respite for Caregivers
- Supervision and/or support provided to offer a temporary break for primary caregivers
- Can be used day, evening, weekend at home, or out-of-home
- Funds can be used to develop a person-directed plan which identifies the supports needed to achieve the goals and build on the interests of the individual
- This can be purchased from independent facilitators or a developmental service agency such as Alice Saddy Association
- Cover some employer costs such as Employment Insurance, WSIB premiums and CPP contributions
- Administrative supports such as bank fees, bookkeeping costs, fees for scheduling support workers
What are the Benefits of Hiring an Agency to Provide Support?
There are many benefits to hiring an agency to provide support. Because an agency is regulated by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and must pass an annual compliance review, there is a great deal of accountability.
At Alice Saddy Association, our Direct Support Professionals are trained in CPR and First Aid, Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention, WHMIS, and other Health and Safety-related courses. Also, criminal reference and vulnerable sector checks and professional reference checks are all completed at the time of hire. Our employees are also fully insured, including on-the-job injury protection.
When hiring an agency, all aspects of administration are also taken care of, including billing, and having the support of a Human Resources department.