Respite Support Workers (Must be adept at ASL)

Posted December 2, 2023

Posted December 2, 2023

CPLF is on the lookout for 2 passionate individuals join our team as Respite Support Workers. If you're all about making a positive impact in the community, we want to hear from you!

Job Description

The successful candidate will provide Respite care in their own approved homes for 2 days in a week. The client to be supported is a middle aged female diagnosed with cerebral palsy, scoliosis, visual impairment, and hard of hearing. She has difficulties managing anxiety and personal boundaries and may appear possessive of staff. She is perseverative and can fixate on topics for weeks at a time. Has a history of becoming frustrated due to communication challenges or being denied a request. Your role involves demonstrating patience and utilizing problem-solving skills in the following duties:

  • Must have experience to support complex needs client.
  • Must be adept at American Sign language (ASL) – at least ASL Level 2
  • Will be responsible to assist individual with home living activities and ensuring the safety and wellness of the individual.
  • Is required to provide companionship as well as promote community inclusion.
  • Has their medication administration certification (will train if not).
  • Has their CPI certificate (will train if not).

About CPLF

Calgary Progressive Lifestyles Foundation (CPLF) is a charitable organization supporting people with disabilities at work, at home, and in the community. Since our establishment in 1989, we’ve been committed to creating an inclusive community where individuals with disabilities achieve independence, fulfillment, and autonomy.

Essential Duties

  • Implement the activities outlined in the Individual Service Plan.
  • Assist with light housekeeping tasks, such as cleaning and tidying up living areas
  • Help with mobility and transfers, including lifting and transferring clients who may have limited mobility
  • Provide assistance with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, and grooming
  • Prepare and serve meals according to dietary needs and restrictions
  • Closely follow agency Philosophy and Values in all aspects of service delivery.
  • Attend support team meetings, bringing forward information or concerns regarding the individual clients’ service.
  • Keep daily logs and documentation of activities.
  • Assist with and/or accompany individuals to appointments as required.
  • Ensure that the individuals’ health, safety, and wellbeing are maintained at all times.
  • Assist the individual in any area they may require assistance in.
  • Any other duties relevant to the position and individual’s needs as may be required.

Job Requirements

  • Be able to reliably commute or plan to relocate to Calgary, AB before starting work (required)
  • High school diploma or equivalent (relevant educational background preferred).
  • Previous experience as a caregiver or in a related field is preferred
  • Previous experience with managing complex needs clients preferred
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology and procedures is a plus
  • Knowledge of American Sign language (ASL) – at least ASL Level 2
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Compassionate and patient demeanor when working with clients
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently or as part of a team

*Medication administration training, Crisis Prevention Intervention training, Abuse Protocol Training, and Positive Behavior Support training can be provided at cost.

You will be required to submit with the following documents during the interview process:

  1. Resume
  2. 3 References – 2 Work related and 1 Character
  3. Police Clearance with Vulnerable Persons Check and/or Child Welfare Check (within the last two years)
  4. Valid First Aid Certificate “Standard Level C”
  5. GCL Insurance Certificate


  • Secondary School (preferred)
  • Class 5 Licence (required)
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certification (required)
  • American Sign Language (required)

Job Type

  • Permanent
  • In person (Calgary, AB)
  • Weekends as needed or weekends only (2 -3 weekends per month)


$160.00 per day


  • Dental care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Vision care

Start Date

As soon as possible.

CPLF is on the lookout for a passionate individual join our team as a Supportive Roommate with a Basement Space (kitchen inclusive) in NW/SE/SW Calgary. If you're all about making a positive impact in the community, we want to hear from you!

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