|Scallop boats in Digby Harbour, NS|
photo: Tim Hewett
When we moved in to our place on Vancouver Island a decade ago, Linda walked in the front door with a heavy box in her hands. When we left in June I helped her transfer over the threshold of our patio doors into her chair before our quest could commence.
A big part of our journey was toward a more appropriate home that would be easier on both of us. It took a while, but we found it.
Similar to how we found the perfect van for our quest, we found a fully accessible home in a beautiful rural setting 5 minutes outside of Digby, Nova Scotia, a small fishing village of 2,000 in the southern part of the province.
After contacting many rentals that were not wheelchair friendly I saw the following ad on line:
For Rent: Wheelchair Accessible Seniors Duplex. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom (one with roll-in shower, the other with tub).
Built in 2013, this unit has a pellet stove, in-floor heat and a heat recovery ventilation system.
Rent includes fridge, stove, washer, dryer and lawn care/snow removal.
While we aren't seniors yet, we require a similar level of accessibility. Linda and I went to look at the unit, and were pleased to see it had everything we have been looking for. Now we have a home that suits our needs for the next year in a rural farming area.
A bonus is it comes with a wonderful, supportive community that immediately came to our aid helping us get settled in. After our landlord's whole family emptied the contents of our van into our home, he asked why we chose Digby. We feel like Digby chose us.