A New Beginning

Elmwood is about to embark on an exciting transition over the next 3-5 years.

For over five decades, Kinsmen Manor has provided a home for adults living with intellectual disabilities. Designed and opened in 1969, the Manor aligned with the best practices of its time, but today, its failing infrastructure and design no longer meet the needs of the individuals we serve.

To honour our founders and our years of growth, we are embracing new ways to meet the needs of those we support. The Manor Transition Initiative will focus on the closing of Kinsmen Manor as a residence for individuals living with intellectual disabilities and will focus on the development of several Community Homes in Saskatoon. These homes will provide person-centred supports for residents in smaller, individualized, and accessible houses. 24/7 support will continue to be provided by a team of Disability Support Professionals. Health and recreational supports will transition to a community-based model to meet the needs of all Elmwood residents.

To honour our founders and our years of growth, we are embracing new ways to meet the needs of those we support. The Manor Transition Initiative will focus on the closing of Kinsmen Manor as a residence for individuals living with intellectual disabilities and will focus on the development of several Community Homes in Saskatoon. These homes will provide person-centred supports for residents in smaller, individualized, and accessible houses. 24/7 support will continue to be provided by a team of Disability Support Professionals. Health and recreational supports will transition to a community-based model to meet the needs of all Elmwood residents.

A Resident-First Approach will be used in the planning and development of supports and services. This person-centred approach emphasizes the importance of relationships and continuity of care and puts the unique needs and desires of each resident front and centre. This initiative is a proud partnership between Elmwood Residences and the Ministry of Social Services – Community Living Service Delivery.

We understand you’ll have questions, and we’re dedicated to finding the answers in
partnership with you. Below you can find further information to help answer questions,
support residents, and start the process of engaging in this initiative together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Designs for the initial home for four (4) residents are underway. The building of this first Community Home will begin in the Spring of 2022 and will take 18-24 months to complete.

The full transition of Kinsmen Manor will take several years, but the collaborative process must begin now to ensure a smooth transition.

Elmwood is evolving our supports and services to meet the needs of our residents. The Community Home Model enables Elmwood to provide person-centred supports and improve the outcomes for individuals living with intellectual disabilities.

Yes. Elmwood Residences strongly believes a Resident First Approach will better serve the resident’s needs. 24/7 support will continue to be provided by a team of Disability Support Professionals.

This is a unique opportunity to develop, diversify and enhance our supports and services to meet the needs of the residents.

Resources

Plain Language
Explainer Video

Explainer
Video

Manor Transition
Conversation Kit –
A Guide for Group Discussions

Manor Transition
Toolkit to Support
Residents through Change