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Vulnerable persons are being placed at risk because the folks who provide services to them receive low wages and are inadequately trained.
That is one of the conclusions of a report released today by Abilities Manitoba, an agency that supports persons with intellectual disabilities.
Low wages make it difficult to recruit and retain people to work in the field, said Malinda Roberts, the organization’s president.
"Currently, the average provincial funding for wages for staff providing direct support in community settings is $12.06 an hour," she said.
Staff are responsible for ensuring the personal safety of their clients as well as supporting medical care, personal care, nutrition, recreation and connections to the community," Roberts said. "It’s a skilled job that is way undervalued," she said.
There is a "huge turnover of staff" for both residential and day programming, a parent quoted in the report said. "As a parent of an adult son with an intellectual disability, it is horrifying to know that at some time in our son’s future he will be left in the care of someone who is working in this profession not because they chose to but because they have no options."
Abilities Manitoba is an umbrella organization representing most of the community-based agencies delivering services to persons with intellectual disabilities.
Its report also highlights four other areas requiring immediate action. These include:
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