Close Braemore Home, group says
An advocacy group for people with intellectual disabilities is urging the province to shut down Braemore Home and others like it.
The Nova Scotia Association for Community Living says there is no role for places like Braemore, the Sydney home where an autistic man was locked in a room for 15 days.
Jean Coleman, executive director of the association, said she has seen people leave institutions where they've spent most of their lives and move into a more home-like setting.
"They would tell you that they were scared to leave, that all their friends were there and that they were happy. But once they get into a home of their own and get out and about in the community, then they know what true happiness is," Coleman said.
Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse said she would like to see fewer people in institutions and more in the community, but said the province doesn't have the money.
She said a team continues to look at the kind of care Braemore Home should provide.
"Once I get more information from the team that is there and we look at it on a provincial basis, we will have a better opportunity to make a decision on what facilities are required in the province and how we can move towards a more community living model," she said.
A review found that an autistic resident at Braemore was confined to a room for two weeks last year.
The province later suspended Braemore's licence and appointed the board of the Cape Breton District Health Authority to run the home.