AISH Increase

Posted November 2018

 

After decades of advocacy by Inclusion Alberta and the broader disability community the day has finally arrived in Alberta when AISH will be indexed to increases in the cost of living.  For more information please go to:

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/aish-and-seniors-benefits-will-increase-with-cost-of-living-under-ndp-bill

 

 

PDD Program Review

A review of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program will explore how to improve services for Albertans with developmental disabilities.

The review is part of the government’s commitment to improve supports for Albertans with disabilities.

“We are committed to listening to and working with the community on all issues that matter to them to make life better for Albertans with disabilities. This review will be an opportunity to explore ways to ensure this program remains relevant to the needs of Albertans today and into the future. I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with individuals, families, staff and advocates in shaping and conducting this review.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Community and Social Services

For more information please click link below
https://www.alberta.ca/pdd-review.aspx

In the community

Coffee Talk

FREE Parent Coffee Social at your neighborhood coffee house, for parents trying to re-charge and connect with other families raising children with complex needs.

The 3rd Tuesday of Each Month
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Perks Coffee House

Spruce Grove, Alberta
Drop Ins always Welcome!

Resources

Disability Services (Children and Youth birth - up to 18th birthday)

Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.

​NEWS & EVENTS

COVID-19 update - 
Maitland House - We are now running at full capacity with strict regulations in place to ensure everyone's safety.  
Before and Afterschool Care (Non-School Days) - We are now functioning at full days and hours Mon - Fri 7:15 am - 6 pm
Visitation of individuals within Group Home settings - We monitor the Alberta Government orders closely and currently (February 18, 2021) under order# 32-2020 the following is what is in place and taken directly from the order.  
No visitors, including those designated as essential, are allowed entry into these facilities, at this time:
Where the resident’s quality of life and/or care needs cannot be met without their assistance. Designated essential visitors may carry out quality of life and/or care-related activities, as appropriate, where the staff is unable to provide those due to emergent pandemic impacts, and where the designated essential visitors have been provided appropriate guidance if needed.  As we currently do not have individuals requiring extra supports that are not able to be provided by current support systems in place we will only be making exceptions to this in extreme circumstances.
If an exception has been made Designated essential visitors must:
1. Pre-arrange visits with the operator (e.g., Team Leader, or Manager).
2. Be escorted by site staff to the resident’s room and remain in the resident’s room for the duration of the visit other than when assisting with required quality of life or care activities (e.g. meal time) or supporting an outdoor visit.
3. Not visit with any other residents.
4. Must wear a mask continuously throughout their time in the facility and shall be instructed how to put on and take off that mask and any other personal protective equipment (PPE) that might be required.
5. Perform hand hygiene (including handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer) on entry and exit from rooms, when leaving and returning to the facility and as directed.
Currently, under the CMOH order Outdoor visits are being permitted by up to 10 individuals (including individuals).  It is important for mental health to spend time outdoors.  It is encouraged that individuals be given an opportunity to spend time outdoors and have safe outdoor visits when desired.  Outdoor visits with the designated essential visitor plus one other person (total group size of 10, including the individual) will be permitted however there are guidelines that must be followed during such visits. Please see "Outdoor Visits" below for more information.
 
Outdoor Visits :
Arrangements for an outside visit (including scheduling, frequency, feasibility, etc.) should be made by the designated essential visitor, or the Individual, directly with the Team Leader or Manager of the location or CommunityAIM Office.  Site circumstance (and the requirements for physical distancing and other protective measures) may mean that not all desired visits are able to be accommodated.
  • All visits must remain on-site - this means you can not leave the site to go for walks, visiting other locations (ie neighbours),  etc with your visitors.
  • All outdoor visitors and the individual must continuously mask during the visit and follow appropriate physical distancing requirements, as appropriate (e.g. considerations for pushing a wheelchair, being hard of hearing).
  • Up to ten or fewer people (including the resident) may be permitted at an outdoor visit.
  • Visitors, other than the designated essential visitor, will be asked to remain outdoors at all times (i.e. entry to the facility will not be permitted).
  • If the only suitable outdoor space is solely accessible through access to the facility, and an outdoor visit is considered essential to the quality of life, only a designated essential visitor is permitted and must follow all requirements for entering visitors. Staff must escort the visitor using the most direct path through the facility (home).
  • Close interaction with Individuals is restricted at this time.  Physical Distancing must be obtained at all times.  If Visitor and/or Individuals are unable or fail to follow any of the guidelines laid out above as well as the screening protocols will result in termination of visits until restrictions have been fully lifted by the Alberta Government. 
  • All visitors and Individual are required to be masked at all times.  All Visitors are to Sanitize before, during and after the visit to ensure the safety of all parties.     
Any visitor who enters a facility/home, during an outdoor visit must be screened. This screening must be completed every time the designated essential visitor enters the site. Visitors not designated as an essential visitor are not allowed to enter sites at this time. Screening shall involve the following:
1. Temperature screening
2. COVID-19 Questionnaire
3. Confirmation of identity and “designated essential visitor” status (only if entering the building)
4. Documentation of arrival and exit times (only if entering the building)
Based on the above order starting CommunityAIM will be allowing outside visits for up to 1 hour per day per individual.  Parameters have been put in place to ensure the safety of your loved one, the other individuals within the home, and the staff members.
Bringing Items to locations
At this time we are asking that items not be delivered to homes.  All items must go through a disinfection process and at times a holding process for up to 3 days.  To avoid disappointment we ask that you please consider bringing items at a later date when suitable to do so.  If items must be brought we ask that they be placed in a plastic bag (preferably a Ziploc style page if the item will fit).  This allows us to sanitize and be able to give the items in a timely manner,  Items unable to be sanitized or that do not come in a sealed package/bag will be placed in isolation for up to 3 days (depending on the item).  If you are wanting to bring food type items we highly recommend that you choose to do this when restrictions are lifted.  If you choose to bring food items we will only be able to accept such if it is within a Ziploc or sealed container in order for us to sanitize.  Some alternative suggestions that some families have gone with is having lunch or dinner delivered to the home by such sources as restaurant delivery or Skip the dishes.  As these items come from approved (by Alberta Government Health Board) restaurants we do not need to sanitize to the same degree as items brought in by unknown outside sources. 
 
When Bringing items to a location
We ask all items to be dropped at the door with the individuals' name on it,  The staff will ensure the item is sanitized and provided to the individual.  We also ask that when dropping off at the door that you call the location to inform them that you have dropped off item(s).  Individuals are not allowed to come to vehicles to get items as this can be viewed as a visit in which strict guidelines (ie screening) will be required.  
 
Visits Home 
Regretfully Visits Home at this time (effective January 2021) will not be permitted unless the family can do a 10-day self-isolation prior to returning the individual to home.  If the family should choose to take the individual home and self-isolate then upon return Individual is not to visit or stop along the way when returning to home.
Note that certain restrictions may be lifted as deemed safe to do so.  It is suggested to watch the CommunityAIM Facebook page and/or Website for updates.
Community Group Activities - We realize how difficult it has been for many of our individuals to not be able to participate in activities within the Community, Connect with Friends, or take in special events.  Unfortunately, we continue to not be able to have planned get-togethers as It is felt at this time that it is still difficult to ensure physical distancing and safety measures are followed.  We are always looking for opportunities so please watch the Facebook Page and Website Event section for possible activities of interest
Upcoming Events

 

Currently there are no upcoming events.  Please check back

Resources

Inclusion Alberta - Advocate for Children and Adults

Inclusion Alberta is a family-based non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Together, we share a dream of meaningful family life and community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. As an advocacy organization we support families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) - Adults

Financial and health benefits for eligible Albertans with a permanent medical condition that prevents them from earning a living.

Disability Services (PDD) - Adults (18+)

PDD funds programs and services to help adult Albertans with developmental disabilities to be a part of their communities and live as independently as they can.

The program funds four kinds of staffing supports based on an individualized service plan:

  • Community Living Supports help individuals in their home (for example: meal planning and housekeeping)

  • Employment Supports train, educate and support individuals to get and keep jobs

  • Community Access Supports help individuals participate in their community (for example: volunteering, going to clubs, sports and other activities)

  • Specialized Community Supports are generally short-term supports to help with special circumstances (for example: extra help when a person is having trouble)

Disability Services (FSCD) - Children and Youth (up to age 18) - Parents of children with disabilities sometimes need support so they can raise their children at home and fully participate in community life.

The Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program provides a wide range of family-centred supports and services. Services are meant to help strengthen families’ ability to promote their child’s healthy development and encourage their child’s participation in activities at home and in the community.

Gateway Association

In 1975, a group of passionate parents fought to open doors for their children. Gateway Association emerged as the “Gateway to a better life” they envisioned for people with disabilities and their families.

Gateway is a family resource centre and an employment resource centre that provides education, family support, mentorship and inclusive employment. It is our mission to assist the community to understand disabilities.

Are we missing a great resource that you think we should add? You can let us know by sending us an email with the suggestion to info@communityaim.org