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Mobility!

Welcome to our series on mobility. Here are some of the products and services available in our community that will make life easier as you struggle with the challange of being mobile when you have been injured or are ill.

UPS and DOWNS Renovations

To turn what was unworkable into something that’s both functional and appealing is the crowning achievement of any renovation. But no project is more gratifying than one that enhances mobility, whether it’s simply installing handrails or grips in a bathroom or extensively renovating a property to provide greater accessibility. The result is a profound improvement in the quality of a client’s life, be they young or old.

Before moving here, I built ramps and other access projects for the L’Arche organization. One of my first projects after moving to Ladysmith was a wheelchair ramp (thank you to Doug McNeil at Pride Home Improvements for the recommendation), followed by a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. I look forward to helping people remain in the homes they love for as long as they possibly can.

Steve Guest is the owner and renovations expert of UPS and DOWNS Renovations.

Grants & Tax Credits

Here are a couple of sources with valuable information to check out for available grants and tax credits:

  • The annual Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) funding allocation has been exhausted pending funding announcements in the new budget year starting April 2019 (www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance).
  • The Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities assists eligible individuals 65 and over and persons with disabilities, with the cost of certain permanent home renovations to improve accessibility or be more functional or mobile at home (https://www2.gov.bc.ca).
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