Isle Madame to get com­mu­nity op­tion home for dis­abled

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“These funds will en­able us to help in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties to grow to their fullest po­ten­tial, while re­main­ing in their com­mu­nity, sur­rounded by the sup­port of their fam­ily and com­mu­nity as a whole”

Bar­bara MacNeil, Hearts of Isle Madame Dis­abil­ity So­ci­ety

Isle Madame will have a new four-bed com­mu­nity op­tion home for Aca­dian and fran­co­phone Nova Sco­tians with dis­abil­i­ties.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing up to $600,000 an­nu­ally to ren­o­vate and op­er­ate the for­mer Hearts of Isle Madame con­vent, owned by the Hearts of Isle

Madame Dis­abil­ity So­ci­ety. “Aca­dian and fran­co­phone Nova Sco­tians with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies want to be sup­ported in their first lan­guage in the com­mu­ni­ties where they are from,” Aca­dian Af­fairs Min­is­ter Michel Sam­son said in a news re­lease on be­half of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joanne Bernard. “Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the for­mer Hearts of Isle Madame build­ing and by adding a small op­tions home, four mem­bers of the com­mu­nity can live more in­de­pen­dently with ac­cess to ex­cel­lent sup­ports.”

The project in­cludes the con­struc­tion of a new four-bed com­mu­nity home next to the for­mer con­vent. It also in­cludes the ren­o­va­tion of the con­vent for up to three respite beds for tem­po­rary stays by per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, along with the po­ten­tial ca­pac­ity for day ac­tiv­i­ties for in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity. The first floor will be fully ac­ces­si­ble with ramps.

“These funds will en­able us to help in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties to grow to their fullest po­ten­tial, while re­main­ing in their com­mu­nity, sur­rounded by the sup­port of their fam­ily and com­mu­nity as a whole,” said Bar­bara MacNeil, Hearts of Isle Madame Dis­abil­ity So­ci­ety. “Ad­di­tion­ally, the respite fund­ing al­lows us to pro­vide an es­sen­tial ser­vice to lo­cal fam­i­lies, pro­vid­ing them with a safe en­vi­ron­ment to tem­po­rar­ily leave their loved ones, should the oc­ca­sion arise.”

The Hearts of Isle Madame project is in the early plan­ning stages.

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