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Principles & Practices

L'Arche Arnprior is committed to supporting individuals to live the life they want to, to have strong relationships, and to participate actively in community life and in the community of Arnprior.

QUALITY OF CARE

We support vulnerable individuals, so our policies, practices and training are designed to ensure their safety, dignity, and well-being.  The L’Arche model is highly relational, which allows each Core Member to be known and feel valued.  L’Arche can be an amazing environment for growth, yet this model is not for everyone, as some people need more structure and fewer emotional demands.  We work closely with professionals to ensure that our assistants are competent as well as caring..
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PERSON-CENTERED

Our assistants and volunteers understand that we are here to help and support individuals, but that it is their life.  Everything we do must be respectful of the rights of individuals (and their substitute decision makers) to make their own decisions and choices, even when that means taking risks, changing their minds or making mistakes.  We see ourselves as partners, facilitators and a resource to others.

INCLUSION

Everyone has the need, and the right, to belong to and participate in the community where they choose to live.  Sometimes there are barriers for persons with disabilities which we must overcome so that they can belong and contribute in ways that are important to them.  Community can enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and they can enrich their community for the good of all.

INTERDEPENDENCE

Everyone has the need for some autonomy in their lives, yet we all need others in order to grow and be happy.  Mutual or reciprocal relationships (where all give their gifts and receive what they need) can transform our lives.  In community, we need to find a balance between meeting our own needs and ensuring that others receive what they need. 

INDIVIDUALIZED PLANNING

We develop or help develop Individual Support Plans for each individual we support.  This plan is directed by the individuals who say how much they want to be involved, whom they want to help them plan (including family), and whom they will share the plan with.  The plan is rooted in the individual’s life plan and sets goals and describes support to help them live the life that they desire.

SUPPORTING FAMILIES

We understand that we support individuals as members of families, and that families usually know them best.  Families include an individual’s immediate family, extended family and/or personal support network.  Families often need different levels of support through all the ages and stages of the lives of their family members with developmental disabilities.

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

The Arnprior community here in Ontario is diverse, welcoming people from many different cultures, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and places of origin, reflecting the full range of physical and intellectual abilities, sexual orientation and economic, social and psychological realities.  We value this diversity through inclusive community processes, employment practices, and access to services.
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L’Arche Arnprior.  Website Design & Hosting by Mark Cassanto & Associates.

Principles &

Practices

L'Arche Arnprior is committed to supporting individuals to live the life they want to, to have strong relationships, and to participate actively in community life and in the community of Arnprior.

QUALITY OF CARE

We support vulnerable individuals, so our policies, practices and training are designed to ensure their safety, dignity, and well-being.  The L’Arche model is highly relational, which allows each Core Member to be known and feel valued.  L’Arche can be an amazing environment for growth, yet this model is not for everyone, as some people need more structure and fewer emotional demands.  We work closely with professionals to ensure that our assistants are competent as well as caring..
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