This article was brought to my attention by a member of a support group I run. Although I do not live in Calgary, I think this is a great article about the way the world is adapting to be more inclusive for people with mobility limitations.
As someone who definitely struggles in this area, one of the main concerns I have is losing more of my independence. Having options like this apartment complex is sure helpful to restore my sense of hope for the future. The building is called Inclusio and is located in Calgary’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The fact that there are so many things that are standard in this building in 46 suites designed for people with mobility limitations, ie. wider doors, lower counters, access through smart technology that you can use through your cell phone, are huge assets to those who struggle to find a residence where they can maintain a level of dignity and independence when their abilities may change. Even more important is that it is accessible for people on a fixed limited income. Most people that I encounter who have a disability have a difficult time finding an apartment where they can pay the rent and maintain some level of comfort. This building has a maximum gross income to live there as well as states to never cost more than 70% of your income and includes utilities, cable and Wi-Fi, all meals, laundry services, 24/7 support and case management.
I have heard so many stories of people who have had to move into long term care facilities before they were ready to. This is a huge help to allow people to stay in their own home longer and maintain a lifestyle of which they can be proud.