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New in-home supports help adults with developmental, intellectual disabilities

Bethesda Services' new model is operating in homes in Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls
The Bethesda goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling lives within their communities.

Bethesda is proud to announce the launch of its in-home support service tailored specifically for adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. This new model is currently operating in homes located in Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

Bethesda developed this comprehensive in-home support program designed to meet the unique needs of each individual and recognizes the importance of fostering independence and enhancing the quality of life for adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. 

“Our goal at Bethesda is to empower the individuals we support to live fulfilling lives within their communities," explains Paul McGowan, Bethesda’s chief executive officer. "With our new in-home support model, we are providing personalized assistance to help individuals thrive within the comfort of their own homes."

Bethesda works closely with individuals and their families to develop personalized support plans that address their specific needs, preferences, and goals.

"We understand the importance of tailoring our services to the unique situations of each individual and their family or caregivers," added McGowan. "By offering personalized support within the familiar environment of their own homes, we aim to promote independence, foster social inclusion, and enhance overall well-being."

One of the families supported by this new model has shared their testimony; their names have been changed for the anonymity of the family and their loved one. “Our intention was to have James living with us in the family home, but 2 years ago he began eloping… and was hospitalized for over 2 months.”

Susan, mother of James who is one of the first to receive this innovative support model, says the options that were available at the time didn’t fit their family and James’ needs.

“After visiting the home, we decided that a group living situation is not where we wanted James to be. In our regular group meetings with Contact Niagara and other individuals that were helping us, we voiced our concerns about the group home living situation and asked if there was any way for us to make an apartment for him and have him live in our home with support.”

This gap in service sparked a collaborative and tailored approach to finding the best solution for James.

“Bethesda advised that they were interested in this type of arrangement and we are so happy that James can continue to live in his home and still get to enjoy meals and family time with us with the support he needs.”

Bethesda is committed to delivering high-quality care and support that promotes respect and autonomy for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

For more information about Bethesda and its in-home support service, please visit or call 905.684.6918.