MEASURES IN PLACE DURING COVID-19

Répit le Zéphyr is taking all necessary measures to protect the health and physical well-being of its employees, participants and their families as well as visitors, in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

See the prevention measures in place at the Maison Zéphyr and Maison Jean-Reid

Government measures for in-home respite care and in respite homes

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In-home respite care

This service is carried out in the family home of those with a dependant with special needs.

The service allows families to carry out various activities in their daily lives, such as grocery shopping, going to the movies, date nights, etc., or on an occasional basis, such as medical appointments, etc. Parents can also remain at home while the caregiver cares for the person with special needs and their siblings.

This service must be planned in advance. Families should not consider this to be an emergency service.

Fees vary according to the duration of the service, the number of individuals to be cared for, as well as subsidies provided by the organization.

Services are offered to biological families caring for a child or children of any age with a suspected or diagnosed intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with or without a physical disability (PD). Fees may vary depending on the number of children, need, and available subsidies.

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Recreational accompaniment

Our staff can accompany an individual with special needs as well as their family on outings such as to the movies, cultural activities, family outings, vacations, etc.

Services are offered to biological families caring for a child or children of any age with a suspected or diagnosed intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with or without a physical disability (PD). Fees may vary depending on the number of children, need, and available subsidies.

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Maison Zéphyr

Welcome to the Maison Zéphyr, where the individual is at the heart of everything.

Since its foundation in 2001, Répit le Zéphyr has always hoped to create a soothing home where it would be safe to leave one’s child with special needs for a respite. Take advantage of our services at La Maison Zéphyr, they are here for YOU…

The respite offered at the Maison Zéphyr takes place in Vaudreuil-Dorion. It serves biological families caring for an individual with an intellectual disability and/or an autism spectrum disorder with or without a physical disability. Stays can last from 1 to 7 consecutive days. We also offer day respite services. Fees may vary according to the length of service and available subsidies.

This service must be planned in advance.

Contact information for Maison Zéphyr

ADDRESS: 3091 Lavoie Street, Vaudreuil-Dorion, J7V 8J3
PHONE: (450) 510-0000
E-MAIL ADDRESS: coordo@repitlezephyr.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/repitlezephyr

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Maison Jean-Reid

Welcome to the Maison Jean-Reid, where the individual is at the heart of everything.

The Maison Jean-Reid opened its doors for its first respite on April 16, 2021. The respite offered at the Maison Jean-Reid takes place in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. It serves biological families caring for an individual with an intellectual disability and/or an autism spectrum disorder with or without a physical disability. Stays can last from 1 to 7 consecutive days. We also offer day respite services. Fees may vary according to the length of service and available subsidies.

This service must be planned in advance.

Contact information for Maison Jean-Reid

ADDRESS: 97, Albert-Wallot steet in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
PHONE: (450) 377-3121
E-MAIL ADDRESS: coordo@repitlezephyr.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/repitlezephyr

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Summer Day Camp – 13-21 years old

Our Summer Day Camp is available to youth aged 13 to 21 with special needs such as an intellectual disability (ID) or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). All of the activities are planned according to the interests, abilities and needs of participants. The day camp is located on the enchanting grounds of Camp Bosco, where the majority of activities take place outdoors (Camp Bosco – 663, boulevard Bord-de-l’Eau, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield J6S 0B5).

N.B The registration period for the Summer Day Camp is  from April 5 to May 24.
The day camp will take place from Monday, June 28 to Friday, August 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No daycare available.

Admission requirements

Fees may vary depending on the duration of the service, the number of individuals to be cared for, need, and available subsidies.

Services are available to biological families caring for a child or children aged 13 to 21 with a suspected or diagnosed intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with or without a physical disability (PD).

Services are offered to people who live in the territory of the Beauharnois-Salaberry MRC, Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC and Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC.

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March Break Day Camp 13-21 years old

Our March Break Day Camp is available to youth aged 13 to 21 with special needs such as an intellectual disability (ID) or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). All of the activities are planned according to the interests, abilities and needs of participants. The day camp is located on the enchanting grounds of Camp Bosco, where the majority of activities take place outdoors (Camp Bosco – 663, boulevard Bord-de-l’Eau, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield J6S 0B5).

N.B The registration period for the March Break Day Camp is to come.

No daycare available.

Admission requirements
Fees may vary depending on the duration of the service, the number of individuals to be cared for, need, and available subsidies.

Services are available to biological families caring for a child or children aged 13 to 21 with a suspected or diagnosed intellectual disability (ID) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with or without a physical disability (PD).

Services are offered to people who live in the territory of the Beauharnois-Salaberry MRC, Haut-Saint-Laurent MRC and Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC.

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Information

Step 1: Contact us

Contact Ms. Émilie Couillard, Family Services Coordinator, at 450-371-6825 ext. 202 to make a request for services. During this initial contact, you will be asked to specify your needs:

  • What are your child’s individual characteristics (diagnosis, particular problems)
  • An estimate of the frequency of caregiving needs
  • A meeting with a representative of Répit le Zéphyr with be organized (allow approximately 1.5 hours). This meeting may take place at the organisation’s offices or at the family’s home.

Step 2: Meeting with a representative

During the meeting with a representative of Répit le Zéphyr:

  • Information will be provided concerning the characteristics of the individual to be cared for as well as the family’s needs with regard to respite care.
  • The organization’s service agreement will be explained

Step 3: Matching

A caregiver, with availabilities that correspond with the family’s needs, will be assigned to the family. The family will receive contact information for the caregiver in question and vice versa. It should be noted that the time frame for finding a match may vary depending on the needs of the family as well as the availability of caregivers at any given time.

Once a match is made, the caregiver will contact the family within 48 hours to schedule an initial meeting at the family’s home. At least one parent must be present at this meeting, as well as the individual with special needs and ideally if necessary, any siblings who will also require care.

Step 4: First meeting

This meeting lasts a maximum of 1.5 hours and takes place at the expense of the organisation.

The meeting allows the caregiver to:

  • learn from the parents about the type of care to be provided, the characteristics of the individual with special needs, and any household rules;
  • confirm the parents’ expectations of the caregiver and their work;
  • create a bond with the entire family before the start of caregiving services.

It allows parents to:

  • learn from the caregiver about their previous knowledge and experience;
  • clarify their expectations;
  • inform the caregiver about the characteristics of their children and household rules;
  • plan caregiving services.

Step 5: First caregiving experience

Parents and caregivers communicate with each other as needed. In the event that the designated caregiver is not available, the family must contact Répit le Zéphyr and another match will be proposed according to availabilities at that time.

  • Parents are not allowed to enter the Maison Zéphyr and Jean-Reid while guests are being welcomed.
  • Reception will take place in the front hall.
  • The number of guests during the COVID-19 period is limited to four instead of seven.
  • At the Maison Zéphyr and Jean-Reid, all caregivers wear a mask, glasses or visor.
  • Guests are not required to wear a mask.
  • A distance of 2 metres between guests will be maintained in common areas.
  • All guests will have a private room.
  • There is a separate bathroom for caregivers and for guests.
  • Common areas are disinfected on a regular basis.
  • Hand washing will be encouraged as often as possible.
  • Caregivers must wear masks, glasses or a visor as soon as they are within two meters of the individual receiving care.
  • Hand washing will take place upon arrival and departure, as well as frequently throughout the duration of the service.
  • The family must disinfect all surfaces that the caregiver will be touching (before arrival and after departure).
  • If the caregiver, or family member who will be receiving services, exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell without nasal congestion) the service will be cancelled.

Frequently asked questions

We primarily hire students studying in special education or a related field (orderlies, nursing, early childhood education, social work, teaching). We also hire individuals already working in similar fields on a part-time or full-time basis who wish to volunteer more of their time. We also hire individuals with experience in caring for those with special needs.

Our matches are made between one or sometimes two caregivers and a family. We prefer to work on a long-term basis as we know it can be challenging to create a meaningful connection with an individual with special needs and their family.

Based on your schedule and the needs of your child in terms of care, we will match your family with a caregiver who is available and comfortable providing the type of care your child requires.

This depends on many factors. The required schedule or need, the child’s profile, the availability of caregivers at the time the request is posted, the flexibility of the request and the location of services. Requests are usually met within a delay that varies between 24 hours and up to a few weeks. It is recommended that your request for services be posted as soon as there is a need.

The role of the caregiver is to:

  • See to the well-being and safety of the individual with special needs as well as that of any siblings entrusted to them.
  • Entertain and monitor
  • Provide the necessary hygiene care
  • Prepare and serve meals or snacks as required
  • Ensure instructions provided by parents are respected
  • Be attentive to the needs of children
  • Intervene adequately in the event a problem should occur

It is very important that the parent clearly state his or her expectations of the caregiver so that they are able to meet them. Some families prefer their children be offered activities, while others only want supervision. The caregivers are there to meet the expectations parents set out.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tel: 450 371-6825 ext. 202
Email: coordo@repitlezephyr.com

*In this site, the terms used to refer to individuals are used in a generic sense and are inclusive of all genders.