ACT provides Independent Living and Respite Services to adults and children with developmental disabilities. Respite services are designed to provide a break to parents/family members and caretakers of adults and children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Respite staff provide care and support to meet the needs identified by the family members and caretakers. Generally, Respite staff provide supervision to their clients, as well as providing meals, medication, or other assistance as needed. ACT does not provide nursing support towards medical care to its clients, however, those with nursing experience or in nursing school are encouraged to apply.
ACT requires that applicants have prior experience working with developmental disabilities, or have provided a sufficient amount of care in a relatable position, such as working in the nursing field as stated above. While Respite Services are not designed to address behavior management, we do occasionally come across clients who have behavioral outbursts. Experience in providing redirection and de-escalation is always preferable. Any relatable education will also be considered, in lieu of professional experience.
Respite services are provided on a case by case basis. The hours per case are determined by the contracts set by the San Diego Regional Center. This allows for a highly flexible work schedule for the staff, and staff are encouraged to make their own schedules through coordination with the clients on their caseload. Should staff request more or less hours per week, this can be accommodated by making adjustments to the assigned caseload.