Dawson Creek Society for Community Living provides an array of residential options that are reflective of each individual’s personalities, needs, and preferences; included, is a home focused on complex health needs, another focused on complex behavioural needs, and one that is dedicated to aging individuals with developmental disabilities.
There are also residential options that include supporting individuals in their own homes, or for those looking for potentially lifelong companionship, Home Share.
A DCSCL Strategic Planning Goal that came to fruition in April 2017, 1416 Residence is a home for aging persons with developmental disabilities. Licenced by CLBC and Northern Health, this residence is home to five people. Each person has their own private bedroom and access to the shared living quarters. With the realities of dementia and fading mobility in mind, the home was designed with an open concept, extra wide hallways and doorways, dementia friendly colors and flooring, and even different colored bedroom doors based on each person’s favorite color! Individuals are given as much independence as possible while ensuring that all the aspects of daily living are provided. The residence is staffed 24 hours per day.
Located in a nice residential area, 115th Residence is a high-needs, fully wheelchair accessible home with staffing 24 hours per day. While independence is encouraged to the fullest extent possible, the individuals living in the home are supported with all aspects of daily living, including accessing and participating in their community. There is a small sensory room in the home and each person’s preferences have been considered in the decorating of their personal bedrooms. A wheelchair van is available to ensure community access to the individuals.
Canalta is a two-level home located in a residential area close to a park and large green space. Wheelchair accessible with a stair chairlift, this residence is staffed 24 hours per day. The home provides a safe and supportive atmosphere geared towards helping each individual participate fully in their lives through the development of daily life skills, communication skills, and enhanced independence. Each person has their own personal bedroom decorated to their liking while their preferences are taken into consideration in the decorating of the rest of the home as well. While independence is encouraged and public transportation is the preferred means of transport, the residence has access to a vehicle when necessary.
DCSCL operates two clusters within the Supported Living Program, 1408 Cluster and 1328 Cluster. This residential option is suitable for people with basic life skills that are significantly independent. Individuals live in their own apartments, while staff support them with various life skills including acts of daily living, accessing the community, recreational activities, assistance with medical appointments, etc. Staff time is divided between the individuals within the cluster, depending on the level of support needed by each person. This program creates a safe, supportive atmosphere in which individuals participate fully in their own lives, to the extent which they are able.