Rotary Cheshire Homes

Rotary Cheshire Homes
Providing Housing & Services to Persons Who are Deaf-Blind
 

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   A Sensory, Barrier-Free Building
 

   All RCH staff are fluent in the various communication systems used by Tenants, enabling a communication barrier free environment.
 
  Living at RCH 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.
 
 
   Independent Living
 

   RCH 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 the knowledge to become self-advocates and participate fully in the community.
 
   As with any group of people, RCH's tenants have varying levels of independence.
 
  Tenants are provided with a monthly travel allowance that enables them to travel throughout the city with their Intervenors by car or by the Toronto Transit System.
 

 
 
 Tactile and audio traffic light north of RCH
Vibrating Traffic Signal
   The Apartments
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   Rotary Cheshire Homes 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.
 
   Kitchens include full sized stoves with self-cleaning ovens, frost-free refrigerators, double sinks and shelves for microwaves.

 
 
 RCH kitchen
Kitchen Layout
 
   Common Areas
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   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.
 
   In addition, there is a fully accessible computer for tenant use. The computer has Internet access, a 21" monitor, ink jet printer, Braille embosser, refreshable Braille display and Zoom Text software for screen magnification.
 

 

  Rooftop Terrace   
Rooftop Terrace  
    
 RCH Common Room

Common/Meeting Room

 

   Other Architectural Features
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  The building incorporates many other design features that help to eliminate the sensory barriers for persons who have a hearing and vision loss.
 
These features include:
  • a tactile and visual Enterphone system allowing each Tenant control over their visitors entering the building

  • evenly distributed lighting and matte surfaces to eliminate glare and shadows
     
  • surfaces that require a minimum amount of maintenance
     
  • contrasting colours on walls, doors, light switches, electrical outlets for easier viewing
     
  • tactile signage with raised large print (white on black) and Braille
     
  • tactile surface alerts to warn of stairs and building entrances/exits
     
  • sound-proofing throughout

  • anti-static carpeting to eliminate interference with hearing aids and computerized equipment
 

Hallways are brightly illuminated and signs are clearly marked  
 Corridor 


    
  RCH front door with TTY
Accessible Enter-Phone
 

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  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.
 
   2-Hand Manual
   Privacy Within the Apartments
 
 
  Each tenant holds a lease with RCH which is governed by the Residential Tenancies Act of Ontario. RCH, as the landlord, adheres to the same rules and regulations as any other landlord in the Province of Ontario.
 
  The privacy of each tenant's apartment is strictly respected by all staff. Staff, as a rule, do not enter into a tenant's apartment without permission. A Right of Entry is obtained before any work is done in the apartments.
 
 
 
   
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Registered Charity Number
 
121266423RR0001

Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc.
101-422 Willowdale Avenue
North York, Ontario
M2N 5B1

Voice:   (416) 730-9501
TTY:   (416) 730-9187
Fax:   (416) 730-1350
E-mail:   info@rotarycheshirehomes.org
   
    
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