Regarding closing of the Michener Centre, here is my input:
I had a disabled sister and she remained under the care of my mother at home.
However, when my mother was in her final years, she had to find a place for my sister and the only option at that time was the Michener Centre.
Later on, they started the program where patients could be placed in group homes within the community.
My sister was fortunate that she was allowed to do this. My mother had passed away by this time.
It was a true blessing that my sister was able to live in a home and community environment again, such as when she lived with my mother.
She was so happy and contented, and thrived under the care of the group home staff.
They were so caring and considerate and did everything they could to make this a true home.
A bouquet of thanks should go to her supervisor, Marion, who is now retired. I was amazed at the kindness shown by her and the staff, who sometimes used personal time to do extra things for the patients.
My sister has since passed away, but I am truly thankful for the group home community living she was fortunate to have received.