As part of the philosophy of L’Arche, the front line staff consists of live-in and live-out caregivers. Caregivers or “assistants” are encouraged to live in a home with people with disabilities and to share the same dignity and the same rights with them. Before arrival, staff members are screened through an application process that includes a full reference and criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector search.
New staff members are trained in all Core Standards and regularly upgrade their skills to ensure the greatest competency of care for those with disabilities. Training in areas of autism, mental health issues, and sign language are offered regularly to staff. Staff members are also required to participate in ongoing seminars on team building and personal development. Staff members are encouraged to enroll and participate in a newly introduced distance education program at St. Francis Xavier University, the Diploma Program in Human Care.
Staff members for the existing Supervised Apartment Program at L’Arche Antigonish consist of a combination of live-in and live-out members depending on the need and desire of the individuals requiring support.
L’Arche Antigonish hires staff through an online application process in conjunction with L’Arche Canada, through local and provincial newspaper advertising, and directly from the NSCC Continuing Care program.