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June 30, 2020 - In the last few months, the entire world has experienced life changing events. There has been changes to the way we work, live, play, interact and raise our children. Never before did we anticipate seeing something of this magnitude in our lifetime.

Although we are not out of the woods yet, communities across Ontario are making progress. I want to give a shout of recognition to all the wom

June 15, 2020 - With the existing supply chain of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) allotted to hospital systems and large organizations, smaller homes in the industry struggle to secure an adequate supply.

SupportiveLiving CEO Vishal Chityal identified seven homes in the Golden Horseshoe area that were unable to secure reuseable masks, surgical masks, sanitizers, sanit

May 22, 2020 – From my experience in the mental health housing industry, I know that a good state of mental health is vital when it comes to our well-being, for our team members and for residents alike. Personal and community interaction lends to sense of belonging and its positive effects help individuals live longer. Even before COVID-19, loneliness was a growing public health concern and one of its main cause

May 12, 2020 --Bed Availability

With COVID-19 restrictions slowly lifting and in efforts to ease the burden on the hospital system, we are pleased to announce that we will be accepting new admissions based on the following criteria:

1) Client is discharged directly from hospital into a SupportiveLiving Residence
2) There is a 24-hour COVID-19 test conducte

May 1, 2020 – Over the past seven weeks since restrictions have been placed on our communities due to COVID-19 we have seen the housing industry turned upside down, with a monumental increase in demand for affordable housing as well as housing for the vulnerable and an increased pressure on an already stressed industry.

I would like to take a moment to applaud all Frontline workers across Canada, the uns

April 18, 2020 -In a shocking statement by Ian McCallum posted to his blog with regards to Walnut Manor, he has once again raised questions as to the operations of SupportiveLiving.ca in St. Thomas.

Ian McCallum chooses to attack SupportiveLiving on a constant basis to serve his own political agenda. For many months, well before COVID-19 was even a current topic, SupportiveLiving.ca was monitoring the situation closely

March 20, 2020 - Fourteen years ago when I built my first home in Welland, Ontario, I was able to house four so-called “unhousable” residents who had fallen through the cracks in the health care system, with critics trying to convince me that what I was doing was not “worth it” and not possible. Since then I have not looked back and have housed hundreds of Ontario’s vulne

 

February 18, 2020 - SupportiveLiving.ca is proud to present a six-part blog series: From Corporate to Community – A Tale of Two Realities.

Shama Chaudhry, now Director of Communications for SupportiveLiving.ca, is a published author, international best-seller and has worked in Corporate Canada for most of her career.

This blog series is a reflection of her transformation mo

This is Part 1 of a six-part blog series entitled From Corporate to Community - A Tale of Two Realities

It was September 2016. I sat at my cubicle, staring at my computer, the cursor blinking back at me. I woke up that morning, in complete dread of my routine: the commute, a hundred unread emails and looming deadlines.

After fifteen years, my heart wasn’t in it any more. The ambi

While I was at Corporate, every turn I took towards advancement was a trial. When you come from a place where you once loved your job and suddenly you're thrown into a space where everything is in constant flux, the need for stability is paramount.

Although agility was one of my key strengths, there was only so much change I could endure. With being constantly told you can do better, I was up for the challenge, but as I mentio

This was it. I was following two of my passions: writing and giving back to the community.

After going through my own turmoil and having the resources for support and guidance, I knew deep down, I needed to pay it forward.

I began volunteering my time to write for organizations where the premise for their business revolved around the support, guidance and empowerment of their respective communities. I volunteered for o

In my last blog, I talked about how I nervous I was speaking to Barb.

I could hear her voice in the background. “Someone is calling for me?” she asked incredulously.

When she finally picked up the phone, I quickly introduced myself to her. There was so much excitement in her voice that I could feel her energy through the phone. As I asked her questions about her life before coming to SupportiveLiving.ca, he

Barb M at Walnut Manor

Many times I encountered a crossroad in my life. I would take the wrong path because I used my brain instead of relying on my heart or instincts. Perhaps it was derived from childhood beliefs to think more and feel less.

Over-thinking and constant analysis led to paralysis. I went down the path of least resistance for the sake of comfort. Doing what was familiar because

When in the corporate world, I remember visiting our offices downtown and walking around the homeless on my way to our penthouse suite.

In the blazing heat of the summer or the bitter cold winters with temperatures hitting record lows of -25C, I often wondered why they did not stay in shelters. Acquaintances would warn me not to give them money because instead of charity, I would be feeding their drug habits. Or they would try

SupportiveLiving.ca is proud to announce that they are the recipient of a National Enablement Award. Canadian over 50’s Housing Awards bestowed the honour upon SupportiveLiving.ca in a ceremony that took place in Mississauga, Ontario on Dec 10, 2019.

SupportiveLiving.ca's management team from left to right: Shama Chaudhry, (Director of Communications), Cynthia Lamb (Regional Supervisor), Jacqueline Honey

What is Supportive Living?

Adequate and suitable housing contributes to physical and mental well-being.

Supportive Living homes provide the advantages of living independently, combining affordable housing with organizational support services, to connect people struggling with chronic mental health issues, receive appropriate health care.

As stated in the Homeless Hub

Do you sometimes feel like a hamster on a wheel when you are faced with challenging clients who are hard to stabilize? As much as industry professionals want to stabilize housing for their clients, sometimes we feel like we are on an endless cycle of hospitalization, incarceration, and homelessness.

The cycle of homelessness, incarceration, and hospitalization

Despite efforts to bri

"The single greatest risk to patient safety in care homes is medication use: specifically medication errors and adverse drug events…" – College of Physicians and Surgeons

The Importance of Medication Management in Supportive Living Homes

Not all pharmacies are created equal. The importance of medication management and a supportive living environment go hand in hand. Once t