Bar­rier- Free Ac­cess Hou­sing at CFB Ba­got­ville

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - MOT DU COMMANDANT -

The Ca­na­dian Forces Hou­sing Agen­cy ( CFHA) re­cent­ly re­no­va­ted a re­si­den­tial hou­sing unit at CFB Ba­got­ville. The im­pro­ve­ments in­clu­ded mo­di­fying the kit­chen, in­clu­ding the ad­di­tion of spe­cia­li­zed equip­ment, re­con­fi­gu­ring the main be­droom and a ba­throom to in­clude a rail- moun­ted pa­tient lift sys­tem, in­clu­ding push but­tons to au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly open doors, re­pla­cing the floor and rein­for­cing the ac­cess ramp. The pur­pose of these mo­di­fi­ca­tions was to make the hou­sing sui­table for people with mo­bi­li­ty and neu­ro­mus­cu­lar or mus­cu­los­ke­le­tal im­pair­ments, which is si­gni­fi­cant pro­gress in mee­ting the di­verse needs of mi­li­ta­ry fa­mi­ly mem­bers. The Ca­na­dian Forces Hou­sing Agen­cy ( CFHA) of­fers hou­sing so­lu­tions to Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces mem­bers through the Mi­li­ta­ry Hou­sing Pro­gram. The Agen­cy is com­mit­ted to pro­vi­ding ac­ces­sible so­lu­tions to meet the needs of oc­cu­pants whose mo­bi­li­ty is im­pai­red. The Agen­cy has al­rea­dy mo­di­fied al­most 10% of the DND port­fo­lio ( about 1,200 units) in or­der to make hous- ing ea­si­ly ac­ces­sible and; the­re­fore, meet the needs of Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces ( CAF) fa­mi­lies. As no­ted in Strong, Se­cure, En­ga­ged: Ca­na­da’s De­fence Po­li­cy, one of the new ini­tia­tives is im­pro­ving the in­fra­struc­ture in bases and wings, in­clu­ding CAF mem­ber hou­sing. The po­li­cy re­co­gnizes that mi­li­ta­ry ser­vice has a broa­der im­pact than on­ly on those in uni­form and in­cludes se­ve­ral ini­tia­tives to im­prove the qua­li­ty of life for CAF mem­bers and their fa­mi­lies. Bar­rier- free ac­cess hou­sing is one of the ways in which CFHA is contri­bu­ting.

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