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Respite Worker Information

Interested in a career in Social Services? Want to make your own schedule?

The Respite Program Database is a great way to help a family, gain experience, kick start your career in social services and have a great time doing it! We’re looking for extraordinary people like YOU to join our program!

The Respite Program Database offers you the opportunity to be connected to families looking for respite support while maintaining the independence and flexibility of being self-employed. Our database matches independent contractors, like yourself, to families supporting individuals of all ages all throughout Cape Breton.

Interested in joining?
If you are selected for an interview you will be asked to provide 3 references, a clear Vulnerable Persons Check, a clear Child Abuse Registry Check (dated within the last 6 months) & First Aid/CPR certificate. If you don’t have a recent Vulnerable Persons Check, & Child Abuse Registry Check we can help you to apply.

Information on Child Abuse Register
Information on Vulnerable Persons Check (Halifax)
Information on Vulnerable Persons Check (RCMP)

Step 1: Apply
  • Complete the Online Worker Registration or mail in the printable version of the registration
  • Remember to attach your resume!
  • While applying, consider having a Classified Ad. It's free, it runs for 3 months and can be renewed as needed. (The classified ad becomes active once you have completed all the requirements and have been approved as a respite worker).
Step 2: Screening Process
  • Applicants will be contacted for a screening or interview
Step 3: Attending Orientation
  • Once all requirements have been met, a Respite Coordinator will invite applicants to an Orientation. This may be conducted in group fashion or one-on-one. At the Orientation/Activation session we will provide you with informational resources, answer questions, guide you through how to access and update your profile etc.
Already a Respite worker?
Here are some important points to remember:
  • Respite workers are NOT therapists and should not be providing direct therapy for families/individuals.
  • Please keep your profile up to date as your schedule changes! The database is always evolving as we recruit new workers and families/individuals contract workers from the database. Maintaining your profile with your most up-to-date information allows for more successful matches to be made while also decreasing the number of unsuccessful contacts from families/individuals.
  • Updates may be requested at scheduled times in order to ensure our database is accurately reflecting workers current availability and contact information. Profiles that are not updated by scheduled dates will be made inactive until they are updated.
  • When updating information such as First Aid/CPR or CPI you will be asked to provide documentation before this information is listed in your active profile.
  • To remain on the database, respite support workers are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of respite work annually.
Register with respiteservices.com by: Already registered?
Complete Registration Form Online Check out the Family Classified Ads
Download Registration Package and Mail

If you would choose to download the registration package to submit by mail, please send to:

Highland Community Residential Services
276 Foord Street
P.O Box 2140
Stellarton, NS B0K1S0
Attn: Amanda Smith-Robinson

NOTE: Your resume must accompany your Worker Registration

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