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PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 17, 2010
Recent cutbacks in funding from Community Living BC (CLBC) and decreased revenue from other sources, combined with increasing costs for providing services, has lead Kindale to project a shortfall of $350,000 for this fiscal year. This will have a significant impact on our ability to deliver quality, individualized services to persons with developmental and other disabilities in the North Okanagan.
The Kindale Developmental Association Board of Directors and Management are still determining how best to respond to this situation however some immediate steps are being taken to reduce expenses. In particular the CLBC cuts, which took effect June 1, 2010, required prompt action since they fund core services. As part of Kindale’s cost saving measures, it is anticipated that 3 full time equivalents will be eliminated in the Community Living programs over the next few weeks.
Possible Impact of Cutbacks and Staff Reductions on Services
Reductions to staffing levels will have significant consequences for those receiving services through our day options and community inclusion programs. Many of Kindale’s consumers have complex disabilities and medical needs and require a high staff to consumer ratio - often 1 to 1. While Kindale management is working hard to minimize the effects of these reductions, it is simply impossible to reduce staffing hours without affecting the level of services that consumers receive. Some of the possible or anticipated impacts on consumers and their families include:
Reduced Hours or Days of Service at our Centres.
Kindale provides a range of day options to over 100 people with disabilities through our centres in Vernon and Armstrong. Staff reductions may mean that we will have to reduce the hours or days of service. This will impact the lives of consumers, families and caregivers in a number of ways:
- Changes to routine often upset consumers and can cause behavioural difficulties.
- Working caregivers or parents who rely on Kindale to care for their adult children during the week, will have to find alternate care arrangements - which can be very expensive. In some cases, they may have to reduce or change employment in order to provide care at home.
- Caregivers and parents with high need consumers rely on programs for respite – giving them a much needed break. Insufficient respite may lead to increased problems at home.
Reduced Opportunities for Community Outreach and Inclusion
Wherever possible Kindale seeks to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue activities and learning in the wider community. At present we support individuals in a wide range of social, sport and recreational activities. In recent years we have even been able to offer wilderness outings such as hiking, kayaking, skiing and horseback riding. Reductions in staffing levels will have a direct impact on these activities and could:
- Result in fewer outings and activities for consumers
- Undermine Kindale’s focus on community inclusion and lead to further isolation and segregation
- Impact those who live in residential homes who have fewer opportunities to spend time in the community
- Increase the stress on families and caregivers
How You Can Help
Kindale encourages people in the North Okanagan to speak out about this loss of services to vulnerable citizens and families. We also invite you to support us in our fundraising campaign so, together, we can ensure that people with disabilities can continue to receive the supports and services they need and deserve. Our Charitable # is 106721921-RR001. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Cindy Masters at 250-546-3005.
REAL PEOPLE – REAL LIVES
MARC SMITH AND HIS FAMILY
Marc is a familiar figure in Armstrong as he walks back and forth to Kindale or makes his rounds with staff. He lives with his mom Cheryl and Shirley his grandmother – both long time residents in the area. Cheryl adopted Marc when he was just 2½ months old, knowing full well that he had Downs Syndrome. This is not a decision she has ever regretted despite some difficult times. For her, the joys of having Marc in her life far outweigh the challenges.
Both Cheryl and Shirley have strong feelings about maintaining levels of funding for the services Kindale offers – not just for Marc but for all people with disabilities. “People making these decisions should have a person with a disability come and live with them for a week” she notes, “Then they would know what we are talking about!” Her mom Shirley sums up both their feelings rather succinctly. “We only want what everybody else takes for granted.”
When asked what her biggest concern would be if cutbacks to services affected Marc, Cheryl is quick to say: “His frustration”. She explains that Marc is someone who relies on a fixed routine and can get very angry if it is changed or upset. He then takes his frustration out on his peers – and at home. “Losing these activities could turn Marc’s life upside down.”
Cindy is a woman of remarkable courage, tenacity and good humor. She has had Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy since birth and recent setbacks have left her largely confined to a wheelchair. Despite these challenges Cindy remains cheerful and positive. She is involved as a Self Advocate and also serves as the Consumer Representative on the Kindale Board.
Cindy is known as a risk taker and loves going on outings in the community. She likes to watch the volleyball games at Kal Beach every Monday night during the summer and even goes on hiking trips - thanks to a remarkable piece of adaptive technology called a Trail Rider and staff and volunteer help.
This spring Cindy had an opportunity to participate in an 8 week riding program at O’Keefe Ranch, sponsored by the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association. She was eager to give it a try and it turned out to be one of the great experiences in her life. “This was so much fun”, she relates. “I really liked the horses – especially Chance. Riding also helps me use and develop my muscles so I can stay mobile. At first, the people there weren’t sure I would be able to ride - but I showed them!”
When asked how the cutbacks might affect her, Cindy expresses concern about losing opportunities to participate in the special activities that mean so much to her. Her disabilities require one-on-one support during outings and cutbacks could well mean that there will be fewer of them. “I would feel so sad if I wasn’t able to go horseback riding again in the fall.”