Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan:

News Release

– Calls on Government to Create

Provincial Standards for Special Care Homes




Saskatoon, August 25, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the struggle of Special Care Homes right across Canada. The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) is asking the provincial government for long overdue standards that would elevate the safety and care for the people living in our member Special Care Homes.

“Special Care Homes in Saskatchewan have been chronically under-resourced and under- staffed for decades,” said CHAS Executive Director, Blake Sittler. “We are entrusted with the care of vulnerable residents who require specialized care to meet their day to day needs. These are our grandparents, parents, spouses, children and they deserve so much more”.

In April 2013, the Government of Saskatchewan produced a document entitled “Program Guidelines for Special Care Homes”; it was later updated in May 2016. The document outlined policies about what they wanted to see in Special Care Homes but it did not identify standards or quanifiable measures to meet. Standards must include defined resources to ensure those needs can be met reasonably and safely.

Sittler continued, “I’ve seen the care and compassion that the staff in our care homes put into their work for the residents but at some point in time the only way to increase the quality of care is to increase the resources based on standards that meet the growing and complex needs of the folks who call these respective places home”.

“We need measurable standards for care and appropriate resources to ensure these homes have what they need to care for the residents,” Sittler noted.

“The needs of the people in Special Care Homes have radically changed over the last thirty years,” Sittler explained. “The needs are more complex but the baseline resources have remained nearly the same for decades”.

“COVID is definitely an issue that is in the forefront at this time,” says Sittler. “But the issues of under-resourcing and under-staffing have existed for years. This pandemic and an upcoming provincial election have given us a brief opportunity to highlight these issues again in the hope that the government will articulate long-overdue standards”.

“We all love someone in a special care home,” Sittler concluded. “What I hope people will do is think about them and then call their MLA and ask what their plan is to create standards of care with measurable outcomes and a defined resource base to meet the needs of the vulnerable people who live in our Special Care Homes”.


For more information, please contact:

Blake Sittler
Executive Director
Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan
#104-3502 Taylor St. E. 306.270.5452

Special Care Home Members of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Foyer d’Youville, Gravelbourg
Providence Place, Moose Jaw
St. Joseph’s Integrated Health Centre, Macklin
Villa Pascal, North Battleford
Foyer St. Joseph Nursing Home, Ponteix
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan
Mont St. Joseph Home, Prince Albert Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home, Regina
St. Ann’s Senior Citizen’s Village, Saskatoon Samaritan Place, Saskatoon
Radville Marian Health Centre, Radville

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