This Accessible Housing development now serves as a place that people with limited mobility may call home ensuring positive belonging in community through an emphasis on the warmth of home, social connection to the surrounding community and a connection to the natural environment.
The program was developed closely with Accessible Housing Calgary, including discussions with Accessible’s core administration, staff members of Fourth Dimension group home, current residents, and surrounding neighbours of the site. The result is a 50,838 sq ft residential care building containing 45 studio and one bedroom units, as well as staff offices, staff overnight rooms, common areas, shared laundry, and outdoor spaces overlooking Confederation Park.
The program is unique in that it offers 24/7 support for residents with reduced mobility. Support includes help with daily activities like getting in and out of bed, doing laundry, cleansing etc. The development intentionally did not include any program in the way of formal therapy or medical spaces. The development is intended to be a home first, with flexible common spaces to foster a sense of community among residents.