Letter to the Editor: Iris Miller Dennis — Jan. 12, 2013

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There is a substantial cost to providing good quality, sustainable care to meet the needs of Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens. Premier Brad Wall, Social Services Minister June Draude, Advanced Education Minister Don Duncan and their caucus colleges have listened to the needs of Saskatchewan Approved Private Homes Inc. (SAPH) and our approximately 400 Approved Private Service Home Providers. They have backed up the passion shown by declaring that “Saskatchewan will be the best place for persons with disabilities to live” with both moral and financial support. 

On Dec. 19. Minister Draude announced a much needed increase to the remuneration paid to Approved Private Service Home Providers. This increase is another step forward in meeting the supports required to continue to provide quality care.

Many residents of Saskatchewan took this opportunity to support the increase announced by Minister Draude, expressing their support for the valuable service of Approved Private Service Home Providers. I have also received inquiries asking what Approved Private Service Homes are and how we differ from other residential services. 

Saskatchewan Approved Private Homes Inc. have been an integral part of the fabric of Saskatchewan since 1964. Within our family homes we care for this province’s most vulnerable persons, those with mental illness and/or intellectual and often physical disabilities. Our homes are governed and certified by either the Department of Health or Social Services. 

An Approved Private Service Home is a family home, there is no rotating staff or institutionalization. Our residents celebrate with our families, eat meals with our families and are cared for, supported and loved as part of our families. Approved Private Service Home providers furnish an invaluable, cost effective service and often give up much to enhance the lives of our residents.  

SAPH Inc. looks forward to continuing our relationship with the government, working toward our shared goal of a high quality, dignified, community inclusive life for all.

On behalf of our approximately 400 Approved Private Service Home Providers, who share their family homes with more than 1,000 residents, thank you. 

 

 

Iris Miller Dennis

Provincial president

SAPH Inc.

 

Organizations: SAPH, Approved Private Service Home Providers, Approved Private Service Homes Saskatchewan Approved Private Homes Department of Health Social Services

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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