Rotary Cheshire Apartments
Rotary Cheshire Apartments (RCA) is a barrier-free building with 16 one bedroom apartments. The building and apartments include the following features:
- Contrasting colours on walls, doors, flooring, electrical outlets, switches, door handles, etc.
- Tactile surface alerts.
- Alerting systems with loud horns, vibration and strobe lights for emergencies, door bells, telephones, etc.
- Tactile signage with raised print and Braille.
- Matte surfaces to minimize glare and evenly distributed lighting.
- Accessible enterphone system.
A Sensory, Barrier-Free Building
All RCA staff are fluent in the communication systems used by Tenants, allowing communication in a barrier free environment.
Living at RCA provides a sense of community. Tenants provide support and friendship to one another, enabling them to enjoy the advantages of full participation in the community.
RCA Tenants are active adults and seniors who live independently in their apartments. They are responsible for meals, financing, personal care and other skills used to live independently.
The provision of Intervenor Services facilitates tenant independence and provides opportunities for them to obtain knowledge and become self-advocates so that they can participate in the community.
Tenants are provided with a monthly travel allowance so they can travel throughout the city with their Intervenors by car or by the Toronto Transit Commission.
Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Rotary Cheshire Apartments has 16 one-bedroom apartments.
Each has a living room, eat-in kitchen, bedroom with a walk-in closet, and a four piece bathroom.
The apartments are also equipped with individually controlled heating and air conditioning.
The building has a roof-top terrace furnished and planted by the Garden Club of Toronto. There is also a BBQ which tenants can use at their leisure. It is a comfortable place where tenants can safely enjoy the great outdoors independent of an Intervenor.
Administrative offices and the On-Duty office is found on the main floor of the building. On the lower level of the building there are storage lockers for each apartment, staff room and a large social/meeting room with a fully equipped kitchen.
Rent-Geared- to Income
Tenants who require affordable housing can receive a rent subsidy provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Providing access to affordable housing ensures that each tenant is able to live comfortably within their financial means, further facilitating their independence and responsibility.