Facility Planning

Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Group Home

by Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner How Do You Know What the Right Type of Furniture Is? Choosing the right furniture for your group home is not an easy decision. Durability and price point are often the deciding factors when buying furniture. Something that can stand the rigors of group home living on a limited […]
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What to Do with Your Unfinished Basement

By SARC Facility Planner, Don Epp During my time as Facility Planner with SARC, I have had the good fortune to visit many of the group homes in the province. One question that I have often been asked during my visits is, “What can I do with the unfinished basement?” Bare concrete walls, exposed floor […]
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Maintaining Your Building During Temporary Closure

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Taking an Opportunity to Perform Some Overdue Tasks  During the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations are closing their buildings to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus. Social-distancing is the new normal and the protection and safety of the clients and staff who would normally occupy these buildings is the highest priority for community-based organizations.  While your […]
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Aging in Place

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner What Does Aging in Place Mean? Aging in place has become a catchphrase in the housing industry. It is a response to the need that people want to live in their home for as long as they can. More specifically, aging in place is the ability to live in […]
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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 2: Hiring A Contractor

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Why You Need a Contractor In the last article, we left the renovation project with a sound budget, accurate drawings, and a detailed plan. All we need now is a contractor to do the work; finding the right contractor will make all the difference in your renovation project. In […]
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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 1: Planning Your Project

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Every home or building owner knows that renovations are a necessity for their building over the course of time. Items wear out, the purpose of rooms change, or the needs of the people using the space have adjusted. Renovations can replace items at the end of their lifespan, rejuvenate […]
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National AccessAbility Week - May 26 - June 1

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner The Government of Canada has declared the last week in May (May 26 – June 1) as National AccessAbility Week. The goal is to promote accessibility and inclusion across our country through our communities. Accessibility and inclusion are important topics in the Disability Services sector and creating more accessible spaces […]
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Fire Inspection Documentation

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Did You Know?: Group home, group living homes, and approved private service home operators are required to renew their licensing agreement with the Ministry of Social Services annually. These licensing agreements, as outlined in the Residential-services Facilities Regulations, requires a letter of approval from the local assistant to the Fire […]
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Fire Safety Is Life Safety

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner There has been a lot of talk in the sector recently about fire safety, and here’s why: On January 1st, 2018 Saskatchewan adopted National Building Code (NBC) 2015 and National Fire Code (NFC) 2015 into law. The changes to fire safety and fire sprinklers requirements affect group homes throughout […]
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