Full Support Residential Programs

Bairn Croft Residential Services (BCRS) provides residential and community based services and treatment for dependent and semi-dependent males and females with developmental disabilities and special needs. Our programs are individualized for all age groups and a range of functioning levels, including emotional and behavioural challenges. In addition, we offer specialized programs which address the needs of “higher” functioning individuals with learning disabilities, behavioural disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

BCRS is licensed and annually inspected by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. In addition, we are annually reviewed by child welfare and developmental service agencies. We consistently meet and exceed all municipal and provincial standards, including all regulations set forth by the Ontario Children’s Residence Licensing Manual, the Ontario Child and Family Services Act and the Ontario Developmental Services Act.

The psychological treatment program is overseen by our Clinical Director, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and a Clinical Psychological Associate who is a licensed regulated health professional. The psychological treatment team is comprised of a total of three BCBA’s.

Service Objectives

  • To  provide individuals with special needs a safe, stable and nurturing environment which fosters the development of self esteem, personal and cultural identity, physical and emotional well-being and spiritual growth;
  • To provide individuals with special needs the opportunity to reach their full potential and live a meaningful life as fully included and participating members of the community;
  • To provide clinical programming which follows the guidelines set forth in The Right to Effective Treatment (Van Horton et al, 1988), ensuring all programs are tailored to each individual’s special needs, are flexible, rely on positive reinforcement, are based on current empirically validated research and are re-evaluated for effectiveness on a regular basis;
  • To provide comprehensive services and innovative programs which are delivered by trained and competent professionals, in a consistent and coordinated manner;
  • To provide for the needs of people who, due to their unique development, may require extensive support and care;
  • To advocate for the well-being of individuals and their families, by supporting the dignity, worth and equality of each person, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, cultural or linguistic heritage, religion or gender;
  • To improve the experience and benefits of appropriate alternative living arrangements in a residential setting;
  • To promote and improve community awareness, knowledge, perception and support of persons with physical, neurological, developmental and emotional disabilities;
  • To liaise with colleagues for the purpose of sharing experiences and expertise in order to enhance the continued development and operation of our programs;
  • To demonstrate responsibility and accountability in governance and management of the agency including service quality and financial prudence.

Staffing Team

BCRS’ Program Managers are Louise MacNeil, Trish Toll and Jesse Whatley. They are responsible for overseeing the day to day activities and operations of the residential treatment programs, helping to ensure our vision, mandate and service objectives are a working reality.  BCRS’s Clinical Director is Tara Ouellette is a BCBA. She is responsible for BCRS’ psychological services.

Each residential staffing team is comprised of a residential supervisor, a senior behavioural residential counselor, and dedicated full-time and part-time behavioural counselors. All staff members are required to have both formal education and at least two years experience in Social Services or a related field, preferably with individuals who have complex special needs.

Selected staff members must submit a child abuse registry check, provide a current criminal reference check, physical health check from their physician, driver’s abstract and professional and personal references. Staff members must also obtain their Standard First Aid and CPR certificates and Fire Safety certificate.

Educational Programs

educationIn keeping with the Ontario Education Act, school attendance and full participation in a school program is expected.  Due to the complex special needs and high behavioural challenges of our residents, BCRS has developed a school liaison position. Our school liaison works effectively with all schools and day programs to help ensure the success of our residents in these community settings. Our liaison provides information, training, and support to the school personnel working with our residents on an ongoing basis.  BCRS will ensure provisions are made for a variety of interim arrangements negotiated with the local boards of education, including individualized academic, vocational, and life skills programs.

fullsupport5Recreation and Leisure Programs

Bairn Croft Residential Services has developed well balanced and structured recreational programs to promote positive leisure time use, healthy life skills, fitness, cooperative skills, relaxation and fun for all residents. Individual interests and abilities are always a prime consideration. A wide range of local recreation facilities, community recreation organizations, parks and beaches are utilized. These programs aid in providing positive skill development, appropriate social behaviour and structured learning within the community.

Community Awareness

fullsupport6Structured group and individual outings and activities in the community, which the residents may find interesting and fun, are provided on a weekly basis. These include: local festivals, cultural, social and educational functions, local parks and beaches, attractions and special events. Individuals gain awareness in a variety of areas, including street safety, banking and budgeting, shopping, and public transportation.

Leisure Time

Residents are encouraged to be involved in a variety of daily leisure time activities which may include socializing with peers and staff, reading and looking through books/magazines, playing games, working on puzzles and models, watching TV/movies, playing video games, working on a variety of arts & crafts, hobbies and special interest activities within the home or within the community. BCRS’ leisure time activities are age and developmentally appropriate. All materials are regularly updated to meet changing dynamics within our residential treatment programs.

Life Skills Programs

fullsupport7BCRS residents participate in a diverse in-house life skills program. Our program addresses key elements directly related to daily living routines.  Interpersonal skills, such as self-image, appearance, body awareness, confidence, behaviour, friendship, co-operation, and responsibility are incorporated into these programs.

All children and adults are required to perform daily chores within the residence. These include: vacuuming, garbage collection, sweeping & mopping, grocery shopping, dish washing, meal preparation, table setting, gardening and lawn maintenance. The abilities and aptitudes of each resident are taken into consideration when assigning chores and establishing expectations for task performance, however, partial participation is ensured.

Residents are encouraged to develop or improve daily living skills such as washing their own laundry, cleaning their bedrooms, making their beds and making their own lunches. Areas regarding health, nutrition, cooking and home safety are also addressed.  Individual daily hygiene routines are developed and closely monitored by the staffing team. For those children and adults requiring additional support, structured hygiene programs are created to increase their basic skill level or gain greater independence in performing a particular hygiene task.

Family Involvement

fullsupport8Bairn Croft Residential Services believes that family involvement and continued contact is important to the success of the resident’s development and progress while living in residential care. We strongly encourage ongoing involvement of parents and guardians during service provision to facilitate the child-parent/family relationship, and where appropriate, the reintegration of the individual with his/her family.  We help to empower families and build bridges over gaps in services, provide safety nets, and help them find solutions to problems relating to the care of their child within the context of our mandate.  BCRS is committed to having the family/guardian and their child help guide their services with us whenever possible. Where appropriate, the family is involved in decision making related to treatment, goal setting, and monitoring outcomes. This will help us determine the effectiveness of our services to promote the mental and physical well-being of their child.

BCRS is committed to ensuring all programming is culturally competent, meaning we will meet each person’s cultural and linguistic needs to the best of our ability. Family visits and outings, home visits and telephone access schedules will be arranged in advance with the residence, family, and placing agency.

 

Bairn Croft Residential Homes

 sharkey  mathieu  gardenway

 Sharkey

This residence is suited to the needs of children and youth with severe to profound intellectual deficits who require full support in all aspects of daily living. Residents have limited social and language skills. Most are nonverbal, lacking basic play or interpersonal interaction abilities, and require intensive behavioural supports. Many of these individuals have autistic spectrum disorders or other genetic syndromes that involve the support of a multidisciplinary approach to overall care for their health and well being.

Mathieu Way

This residence is suited to the needs of male children and youth with moderate intellectual deficits and high behavioural needs. Residents have impaired social and language skills and require intensive behavioural supports to decrease interfering behaviours while teaching social and communication skills that will allow them to demonstrate their full potential. Many of the residents have emotional and adjustment problems due to historical issues, trauma or abandonment and loss. They benefit from a highly structured environment that provides security and consistency. This allows them to stabilize and participate in the important experiences of childhood within the treatment milieu.

Gardenway

This residence is suited to the needs of male adolescents with learning and behavioural challenges that impair their ability to function in daily life. Most residents have mild intellectual deficits and are dually diagnosed with at least one other mental health disorder. The program is also appropriate for youth with average intelligence with autistic spectrum disorders and high behavioural needs.  This program has successfully addressed the needs of youth presenting with a wide variety of problems including oppositional behaviour, self-injury, psychotic behaviour,  running, sexualized behaviour, lying, stealing, school failure, eating and sleeping issues, impulse control problems, trauma, attachment problems, and aggression. The foundation of the program is applied behavioural with cognitive behavioural strategies as indicated, and consultation with psychiatry and other professionals as required.

 steamer  colonnial  explorer

Steamer

This residence is suited to the needs of children and youth with severe to profound intellectual deficits who require full support in all aspects of daily living. Residents have limited social and language skills. Most are nonverbal, lacking basic play or interpersonal interaction abilities, and require intensive behavioural supports. Many of these individuals have autistic spectrum disorders or other genetic syndromes that involve the support of a multidisciplinary approach to overall care for their health and well being.

Colonial

This residence meet the needs of adult males, several of whom were part of the de-institutionalization process that saw them returning to community living. These individuals are profoundly to severely intellectually delayed with significant behavioural needs. They require long-term intensive support in all aspects of daily living and full supervision.  Intervention is geared toward habilitation that will allow the highest possible quality of life in a community residential program.

Explorer

This residence meets the needs of adult males, several of whom were part of the de-institutionalization process that saw them returning to community living. These individuals are profoundly to severely intellectually delayed with significant behavioural needs. They require long-term intensive support in all aspects of daily living and full supervision.  Intervention is geared toward habilitation that will allow the highest possible quality of life in a community residential program.

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French Hill

This residence is suited to the needs of male and female adults with mobility needs, severe to profound intellectual deficits and behavioural challenges.  The residence is wheel chair accessible and is equipped with a variety of assisted daily living devices. These individuals require full support in all aspects of their daily living.  Intervention is geared towards habilitation that will allow the highest possible quality of life in a community residential program.

Joseph Drouin

Joseph Drouin Residence is designed to provide supports to young adult males with intellectual developmental disorder, autism spectrum, or dual diagnosis who demonstrate potential to develop independence in Adaptive Daily Living Skills while still encountering significant challenges in some areas of social and behavioural functioning, that require increased levels of supervision or support. Emphasis is on assessing current levels of adaptive functioning across domains necessary for independence and then establishing plans for systematically teaching the skills necessary to increase autonomous functioning to the extent possible for the individual.

Legrand

Residence is designed to provide supports to young adult females with intellectual developmental disorder, autism spectrum, or dual diagnosis who demonstrate potential to develop independence in Adaptive Daily Living Skills while still encountering significant challenges in some areas of social and behavioural functioning, that require increased levels of supervision or support. Emphasis is on assessing current levels of adaptive functioning across domains necessary for independence and then establishing plans for systematically teaching the skills necessary to increase autonomous functioning to the extent possible for the individual.

Cara

Residence is a small, three-bed, program that is designed to provide supports to adult women with dual diagnoses. These women will be facing life with an intellectual deficit and/or an autism spectrum disorder as well as at least one other mental health disorder. Most have long history of challenging life circumstances and persistent needs.  They will require support and supervision in daily living, as well as the benefit of an applied behavioural and, where appropriate, cognitive behavioural approach to treatment. Teaching and support will be provided for adaptive daily living skills, emotional and behavioural regulation, social skills, and habilitation for mental health symptoms. Emphasis is primarily on providing safe, developmentally appropriate supports that allow each resident to function at an optimal level and to provide the most positive quality of life possible.