History of Developmental Services

It took a lot of staff to operate an institution (or facility, as they came to be known). For example, in 1971, the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls employed 2,200 staff. Of that number, 709 were full-time staff. The rest were part-time and on-call employees.

Some employees took care of the needs of the residents. Others tended to the upkeep and maintenance of the facility. The services they provided included:

  • medical, dental and nursing
  • rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • counselling
  • recreation and physical training
  • spiritual and religious support
  • pharmacy
  • cooking
  • housekeeping
  • laundry and sewing
  • gardening
  • maintenance
  • transportation
  • administration, and
  • grass cutting and snow removal.

Some facts and figures taken from the Rideau Regional Centre Memory Book 1951-2001 (produced to mark the facility's 50th anniversary) show the enormous amount of work that went into operating a facility.

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