Cape Breton elderly embeded home awaiting rural give to develop mobility device ramp

GLACE BAY, N.S.– A Glace Bay elderly hasn’t had the ability to go further than the front deck of his home considering that October 2022.

Tony Hurley, 68, requires a wheelchair-accessible ramp to be able to reach the driveway of his home and also the retired coal miner requires a rural give to cover the expense which has to do with $10,000.

Incapable to manage it, Hurley requires aid from the rural federal government’s give program for real estate access upgrades. Although authorized for the give in January 2022, Hurley still hasn’t gotten it and also since magazine time has no suggestion when he will certainly obtain it.

” I go to the factor that I think that anybody that enters into national politics enters into national politics for something and also something just. Themselves, their close friends 2nd and afterwards individuals like you and also me last– if there is anything left,” he stated, confessing he’s discouraged by the circumstance.

” That’s the method I really feel regarding national politics. They walk around claiming they desire elders to stay in their very own residences yet when you attempt to obtain something, you can not obtain it.”

Tony Hurley, 68, stays in the residence his papa developed which is where he matured. The retired coal miner has his bed established in the living-room and also homecare employees come 4 times a day to obtain him up out of bed, make his dishes, do housekeeping and also placed him back to bed each evening. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON MESSAGE – Nicole Sullivan


On July 3, 2021, Hurley experienced a spine injury while trimming his grass. Initial carried to Cape Breton Regional Healthcare Facility, Hurley was moved to Halifax where he was operated.

Physicians informed Hurley they thought he would certainly reclaim some or every one of his wheelchair yet it would certainly take a very long time due to the fact that nerves recover gradually. At the time, Hurley could not relocate his arms or legs, neither can he stay up by himself or feed himself. He can currently utilize his appropriate arm yet still has just partial activity in his left arm and also can not unclench his hand. He additionally has problem getting involved in a resting setting and also can stagnate his legs whatsoever.

Requiring to make use of a mechanized mobility device for wheelchair, a social employee in Halifax aided Hurley complete a rural give application for the expenses of a mobility device ramp to be placed on his residence. Hurley stated it was finished and also sent in August 2021.

After being launched from healthcare facility in Halifax, Hurley was confessed to a recovery center there where he remained till Jan. 13, 2022, when he was moved to Glace Bay Healthcare Facility.

That exact same month, Hurley stated he was alerted by the Nova Scotia Division of Municipal Matters and also Real estate that his give application was authorized.

In February 2022, Hurley was moved to a recovery center in Sydney Mines where he invested a number of weeks prior to being moved to Cape Breton Regional Healthcare facility and afterwards back to Glace Bay Healthcare Facility in March 2022.

Hurley stated he was called by a person in the real estate division relating to the ramp give that informed him he required to offer them with a letter suggesting when he would certainly be launched from healthcare facility.

“( The medical professional) stated he will certainly compose the letter yet really did not understand just how to do it due to the fact that I could not go residence without the ramp yet it appeared they would not provide me the give to develop the ramp till he stated when I can go residence. He stated it was a paradox,” Hurley remembered.

The medical professional composed the letter mentioning Hurley can be launched as quickly as the ramp was built and also a social employee at Glace Bay Healthcare facility faxed it to the division.

Among Hurley’s close friends had actually been assisting him considering that his crash and also complied with up with the division relating to the condition of the give.

Hurley stated the division informed them they required a brand-new quote from the professional as a lot time had actually passed. The professional informed Hurley’s buddy the initial quote would certainly be honoured, nevertheless, Hurley was educated by the division that a brand-new quote in creating required to be sent.

Hurley stated this was offered to the division in August 2022, nevertheless, when he called the division in September he was informed they had not spoken with the professional considering that June.

” I stated, ‘well a person is existing to me. I’m not claiming it’s you yet it’s either you or the professional,'” he stated.

Annoyed with remaining in the healthcare facility for greater than a year, Hurley intimidated to leave on his very own in October 2022 otherwise launched. Physicians really did not wish to launch him without the ramp on his residence, nevertheless, Hurley, that lives alone, was persistent.

They scheduled rescue transportation the complying with week and also using a mobile ramp from a regional drug store. Hurley was residence the week prior to Halloween and also hasn’t had the ability to leave considering that.

Tony Hurley, 68, beings in his mechanized mobility device on top of the stairways to the front door of his Glace Bay residence on Thursday. Without a mobility device ramp, Hurley can not come down the actions and also hasn’t been better than this deck considering that he was launched from healthcare facility in October 2022. NICOLE SULLIVAN/CAPE BRETON MESSAGE – Nicole Sullivan


That exact same month, Hurley stated he was informed by a division of housingstaff that he could not obtain the ramp any longer due to the fact that he had actually gotten a federal government give for roofing repair work and also a walk-in shower.

Hurley stated he described it was a federal government car loan which was excusable after 5 years if you remained to stay in the residence. Because this was 6 years after the initial give, he thought he was qualified for a give to make his residence easily accessible.

The personnel purportedly informed him there could not suffice cash in the budget plan to offer the give and also Hurley confesses he obtained aggravated.

” After that she stated there could not suffice cash in the budget plan to do your ramp this year,” he stated. “I asked her, ‘what do you desire me to do if there’s a fire? Head out on the deck till a person saves me or do you desire me to back it approximately the back barrier and also press the joystick on this to go as quick as I can and also do an Evel Knievel.'”.

This is when Hurley connected to MLA John White’s workplace for aid, which he has actually discovered just as aggravating. Hurley stated he hasn’t talked with White yet has actually talked with his component aides that have actually taken his info and also stated they would certainly speak with the division concerning his circumstance.

Hurley stated he was informed they would certainly call him when there is info to share yet he hasn’t obtained a phone call.

White verified his aides have actually spoken with Hurley at the very least 10 times and also have actually called the division of real estate at the very least 7 times on his part.

” Evidently, when he calls real estate he’s aggravated, he’s irritable and also hangs up on them,” stated White. “It’s not going to obtain you anywhere with that said.”.

In addition to calling the real estate division, White stated among his aides called the professional and also has actually “exceeded and also past” to assist Hurley yet emphasized they have no responsibility to call him back with upgraded info.

The Glace Bay-Dominion MLA additionally applauded the Division of Municipal Matters and also Real estate for the job they have actually been doing, that includes working with 15 personnel in the autumn.

” While structure we’re discussing, in the center of that, there’s this little tornado called storm Fiona,” he stated. “From the outdoors, I would certainly have never ever recognized this yet from the within, I have just regard for the division of real estate and also the method they have actually been dealing with points today.”.

Glace Bay-Dominion MLA John White – ADDED.


A meeting demand with the Division of Municipal Matters and also Real estate was decreased mentioning they can not discuss “a particular circumstance.”.

They did offer a created declaration: “Personnel at Municipal Matters and also Real estate job very closely with candidates to our programs to guarantee qualification standards are fulfilled and also required paperwork is total. Personnel will certainly comply with up straight with this gent.”.

Hurley is confident he’ll have the ability to leave the front deck of his residence quickly, to walk around the area; in time to include some elevated yard beds high sufficient for him in a mobility device to expand veggies this summertime– as his papa did at the residence when he was a child.

– Nicole Sullivan is a multimedia reporter with the Cape Breton Article. Follow her on Twitter @CBPostNSullivan.