March 2014

 

Staying in your own home as you age, or keeping your independence in the face of a disability, is extremely important.  BC Housing has a program called Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) that provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities with home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living in BC.

We have itemized below a few key facts found on the BC Housing website regarding the HAFI program. You can find out more at www.bchousing.org/HAFI.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible and does this program have an end date?

 

Launched in January 2012, HAFI is funded by the Government of Canada and the B.C. government through the Canada-B.C. Affordable Housing Initiative. Through the HAFI program, $15 million in grants or forgivable loans will be distributed to qualifying B.C. residents over three years.

 

To qualify for assistance from HAFI, recipients must be a low-income senior or person with a disability, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and a B.C. resident. The prospective home for adaption must be your primary residence and someone within that home must have a permanent disability or loss of ability that makes it difficult to perform day-to-day activities.

 

Eligibility requirements, an application guide and application forms are available at www.bchousing.org/HAFI, by calling BC Housing at 604-646-7055, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by visiting any BC Housing office.


 

What can be upgraded in my home?

 

The goal of the program is to enable people who have physical limitations to live at home longer. People’s physical needs change over time – sometimes, a small improvement to a home can make the difference between being able to live independently or not.

 

Types of eligible projects include:

  • Walk-in showers with grab bars
  • Bathtub grab-bars and seats
  • Handrails in hallways or stairways
  • Ramps for ease of access
  • Easy-to-reach work or storage areas in the kitchen
  • Lever handles on doors

 

How can Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre help me with my home upgrades?

 

Whether you qualify for the HAFI program or not, Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre is a great resource for accessible and ADA compliant products for your home, including:

  • Walk-in bathtubs
  • Low- or No-threshold showers
  • Wall hung sinks
  • Right height toilets
  • Touch faucets for use in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Handheld shower
  • Motion Censored Bathroom fans
  • Upgraded faucets for easier to use handles
  • Fashionable and functional grab bars

 

For a full range of products, please visit your local Splashes showroom.

 

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