With 80 distinct properties across Ontario, Kerry’s Place continues to provide safe environments through our supported and semi-independent living homes. The partnership between those supported, their families and Kerry’s Place employees is built on the foundational core values of Respect, Choice, Integrity, Teamwork, and Continuous Learning. Kerry’s Place now provides supported living to 260 individuals, which included two new admissions this past year.
The ongoing success of our supported living arrangements amid the pandemic is a testament to the vigilance of our staff, managers and clinical teams to keep our individuals safe. When the pandemic began a control center was created to manage the various channels to communicate public health guidelines, acquire and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as connect with all-staff through frequent Town Hall engagements. Our Infection, Prevention and Control and Nurse Practitioner team assisted in managing a number of outbreaks that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Staffing levels have and continues to be an ongoing challenge for Kerry’s Place, which is an issue that most congregate living organizations are facing during this unprecedented time. However, despite the limitations on staff and individuals leaving their homes, and the restrictions on families and caregivers that have only been able to connect virtually, this past year saw many shared stories and celebrations, including World Autism Day, individual birthdays, and all holidays.
One of the main strategic initiatives launched was our Housing Strategy. A survey was sent out to staff, management, families and the board exploring housing needs, and models that would more adequately serve our current and future supported individuals. A Housing Task Force was created to analyze the results of the survey, provide an environmental scan on national and international supportive housing models, and subsequently provide recommendations on potential models to explore. Further exploration and planning will take place during the 2020/21 fiscal year as Kerry’s Place looks to expand and improve upon its capital assets.
In February, we launched a vaccine campaign to encourage all individuals and staff to receive the vaccine. This is especially important when dealing with vulnerable populations and those living in congregate settings, to prevent and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This campaign will continue until we reach the level of immunity recommended by public health advisors.
With studies showing many in the ASD community identifying as LBGTQIA+, we at Kerry’s Place want to show respect, and value the dignity and uniqueness of all persons. Click here to learn more…
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Kai, Stephen, and Chad “Got the Shot!” at a mobile vaccination clinic this past July 2021. Click here to continue reading…