Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit along with members of Yorkton Adult Independent Living held a grand opening for a new group home in the city.
Ottenbreit says the new home is a big difference from the old home the 3 residents were in.
“It huge, whether we see people with disabilities in a group home setting, or even seniors in more of the home style long term care centres, you see them flourish; they actually do a lot better,” Ottenbreit says. “More of a home based environment, some place they feel like they can call home, instead of an institution. It really adds to the quality of life for these individuals.”
Nearly $44,000 was provided by the provincial government into the new group home, which officially opened Wednesday.
YAIL Harbor Chair Jeannette Fahlman explains what the new home offers to the residents.
“We have been running these homes for the individuals that have disabilities that need a safe place to live, but they have determination on their activities and that type of thing,” Fahlman says. “(They have) their own rooms, and what goes in, and how they decorate, and that type of thing.”
YAIL Harbour now has 4 group homes in Yorkton which all provide care to people with disabilities.
The home will provide care for 4 residents, with 3 of them coming from Valley View Centre in Moose Jaw.