Standing Oaks is a supportive housing program for people in Sarnia with severe physical disabilities, providing a single solution for care and accessible, affordable accommodation.
Standing Oaks was opened in 2004 with the help of our partner, Community Concerns for the Medically Fragile (CCMF), a Sarnia parent-driven community group that supports the needs of the medically fragile and their families. The six-bedroom congregate care home with communal kitchen, lounges, dining room and therapy room, provides 24/7 support for five individuals who are medically fragile, enabling them to live in the community, as opposed to a hospital or long term care facility. Additionally, the home has a respite bed that provides caregiver relief and 24/7 care for individuals requiring short term accommodation within the community. Care is provided by March of Dimes Canada’s Independent Living Services Department.
The demand for supportive accommodation is very high, with eight individuals currently on the waiting list. To alleviate the need for expensive new specialized housing, NPHC has begun contruction on a four-bedroom extension to Standing Oaks, plus an additional bathroom and laundry room, to be completed in 2018. Necessary equipment to allow the residents with physical disabilities to safely and comfortably live in the home will include ceiling lifts, automatic door openers, and a hydrobath for physical therapy.