ILHS currently operates four centrally located residential homes, housing four clients each, a Bed & Breadfast Respite Care facility housing one permanent tenant with three bed available for up to twenty respite guests on a rotating basis, and an apartment complex that provides private housing and care worker support for seven clients in their own apartments.
All of the housing options are wheelchair-accessible and provide each tenant his or her own room. Some furnishings are provided, but tenants are free to decorate with their own personal effects. One of the Gordon Head houses is very proud of its wheelchair accessible “raised garden”, which is the sole responsibility of the tenants. Residential Care Workers are available on a 24-hour basis to assist the tenants to develop a more independent lifestyle in a very active way, and to the extent that they are able, manage housing finances, participate in decision-making, and direct activities of daily living..
Living in these homes is an affordable option for those who receive BC Benefits for Persons With Disabilities. Those who qualify receive subsidies from the Ministry of Housing, BC Housing Management Commission and the Ministry of Health, Long Term Care Program. The tenants then contribute towards food, shared utilities (for example, telephone, cable, and hydro) and rent. To qualify for housing with the Independent Living Housing Society, one must require personal, intermediate or extended care, and must have been assessed and approved by Long Term Care or eligible for services from the Community Living Services branch of the Ministry for Children and Family Development.
The staff support me every day in assisting me to be as independent as I can. Currently I go on many outings on my own. But within my home, I am assisted with many household tasks, including cooking and housework, and assistance with my personal care. I am comforted to know that I have such a caring team of individuals working with me each day, so that I can be assisted to live life the best way I know how. I have always deeply appreciated the connections with the staff, I have been able to build through the years. I am happy to call The Heathers home and I look forward to being here for many years to come!