February 16, 2016

Saskatchewan Proclaims Approved Private Service Home Week

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed February 15 – 21, 2016, as Approved Private Service Home (APSH) Week to recognize approved private home service providers and families who support and care for residents with cognitive, mental health or physical disabilities. 

“I am pleased to join approved private service home providers across the province in celebrating their contributions to enriching the lives of their residents in meaningful and caring ways," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said.  "Approved private service home providers are important members in many communities and play a critical role in helping to meet the needs of many vulnerable Saskatchewan citizens."

Approved private service homes and approved mental health homes are private homes in communities which provide support for individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health issues. These homes make it possible for residents to experience family living in a community setting and provide the opportunity to develop social, recreational and life skills. There are currently 187 approved private service homes and 195 approved mental health homes in Saskatchewan which provide residences to more than 1,000 individuals. 

“APSH Week provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the dedication of the operators of approved homes in providing the best possible care to their residents, many of whom live with significant challenges,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said. “The Ministry of Health greatly values their contribution and will continue to support their efforts.” 

Saskatchewan Approved Private Homes Inc. (SAPH) is a non-profit organization that provides information, resources and supports to approved private service home providers and promotes approved home development across Saskatchewan. 

“SAPH is proud to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan in honouring approved private service home providers for opening their hearts and family homes to Saskatchewan’s most vulnerable citizens,” SAPH Executive Director Iris Miller-Dennis said. 

More information about SAPH can be found on their website at www.saph.ca.