Expectations & Responsibilities of the Host Family

It will be the overall responsibility of the host(s) to foster the underlying principles of the individual(s) (availing of the service) person centred plan so as to realise the vision for that person.

The Host Family’s duties shall be to provide support to the service user including but not limited to the following:

  • Participate in care planning meetings & reviews as required
  • Assist with the implementation of the individual’s person centred plan/care plan specific to his/her placement
  • Link with the Social Worker/Link Worker in relation to recording the progress of the person centred plan
  • Ensure that the person participates in activities that promotes inclusion within the host family and that promotes social inclusion and community participation
  • Foster and encourage the person’s independence and initiative
  • Use appropriate language
  • Ensure that the personal needs of the person are attended to at all times
  • Ensure that the privacy of the person being supported shall be respected
  • Ensure that the dress and personal hygiene of the service user (guest) is maintained to the highest possible standard and in keeping with the dignity and age appropriateness of the guest. Intimate care must be carried out as per the policy guidelines
  • Comply with all the relevant policies and procedures related to the Host Families Scheme as outlined in training, such as complaints handling, incident reporting, adult and children’s protection polices, (Children’s First and Adult Protection), intimate care guidelines, drug administration etc
  • Ensure that any accidents/incidents/concerns re abuse are reported promptly to the designated Social Worker or Link Worker
  • Attend all mandatory training
  • Ensure that the home is comfortable and safe and that it complies with the health and safety requirements of the Home Sharing Scheme
  • Provide suitable and comfortable accommodation, to include a private bedroom where appropriate to the guest
  • Agree with the natural family / service provider the level of security that may be required for the use of technology and the internet (social media, TV programme choices etc)
  • Permit the Social Worker or Link Worker to enter their home at all reasonable times, with or without notice, for the purpose of ensuring good quality care and that the service user’s needs are being met in an appropriate environment
  • Keep in a safe place a record containing:

– The name, surname, address, date of birth of the person being supported

– The name, address and telephone number, if any of the person’s relatives or other individual nominated to act on the person’s behalf as the individual to be notified in the event of a change in the person’s health or circumstances

– The name and address and telephone number of the persons medical practitioner