Keith has been suffering from diabetes since the age of seven. Despite having to give himself daily injections and even having to blend the medications himself, Keith felt like he enjoyed a normal childhood. It wasn’t until he was in his thirties that the disease showed more serious side-effects affecting his eyesight with more serious complications to come.
In his forties, his leg had to be amputated below the knee and he was fitted with a prosthetic limb. The hospital could not discharge Keith until he had a suitable place to live and so he began the frantic search for an accessible apartment. Keith was relieved when he was accepted into an accessible apartment at Genesis Court.
Since moving to Genesis Court, Keith has made many new friends and enjoys the sense of community within the building. He finds the location ideal and his apartment is comfortable with everything within easy reach. Accessible features include doors throughout the building wide enough for wheelchair access, roll-in showers with built-in seat and grab bars, low windows, counters cut out for wheelchair access and built-in ovens that open from the side.
The on-site support workers have helped Keith access information regarding the services available in the city for the physically disabled and most recently assisted him in writing his resume.
Thanks to Bethlehem Housing and Support Services, Keith looks forward to the future, knowing that the support system is there whenever he needs it, whether it’s the support staff or his new-found friends at Genesis Court.
NOTE: The names of the individuals in this story have been changed to protect their privacy.