Individuals are placed with caregivers who can best meet their needs and support, build, and strengthen their ties to family and community.
For organizations that only provide ready-made matches, the placement planning process may be less formal, but the organization must still ensure that the home and caregiver are adequately matched with the service recipient’s needs and resources.
Examples: Informal support networks of both the individual and the caregiver can be helpful to examine as they will place a significant role in the individual’s ability to integrate into the community.
The organization prevents placement changes through coordinated placement planning that:
ensures individuals, families, and caregivers are aware of the placement process and receive support and information throughout;
provides all legally permissible information about the individual’s characteristics, behaviours, needs, and histories to prospective caregivers;
arranges opportunities for individuals and families to meet prospective caregivers whenever possible;
responds proactively to challenges associated with placement and assesses the need for services and supports; and
facilitates workers’ ability to spend more time with individuals, families, and/or caregivers after a new placement or when challenges arise.
NAThe organization only makes ready-made matches.
The worker assists in developing a residency agreement individualized to the service recipient and caregiver that:
outlines both parties’ expectations of household functioning; and