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The Term domiciliary hostel emerged in the late 1970s as a catch-phrase for a range of housing operations that received funding to provide shelter and some support for vulnerable adults. The program has evolved to become permanent housing for vulnerable adults with a range of special needs, including, those with mental illness, physical and/or developmental disabilities and addictions. For most of these individuals, it is a matter of no longer being able to live on their own and not yet qualifying for placement in long-term facilities. The District Municipality of Muskoka is responsible for determining eligibility and admission for domiciliary care services.
The District is committed to ensuring that domiciliary care services are delivered in ways that support vulnerable adults. This service allows vulnerable adults to maintain housing and to access supports, both in the home and community, that foster and promote independence and social inclusion. Tenants are responsible, as far as possible, for maintaining their personal well-being and for participating in decisions about their personal care and health needs. Services are to be provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect for all tenants. Tenantsí rights and privacy are to be promoted and protected at all times.
The District staff are responsible for screening and placing a resident into one of the approved homes. Initial referrals for placement come from a variety of places, including, hospital discharge planning departments, other residential facilities, home case managers, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program workers, physicians, families and friends. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
18 years of age or older,
Requires assistance in activities of daily living due to effects of a disability or advanced age, and
Demonstrated financial need.
For more information about the domiciliary hostel program contact the Community Services Department.