How to Find - Seniors Help: Income, Housing, Home Care, Home Help, Meals, Transportation etc.
|Record #: BTN4781||Last Full Update: 25 Aug 2017|
|Memos and Bulletins|
|Public Comments||For full list of "How to Find" records on different topics, see here|
|Located In Community||Halton Region|
|Physical Access||Not Applicable|
|Legal Status||(20) Regional Government ; (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit ; (60) Commercial|
|Description and Service Details|
|Description (Service)||This record provides an overview and pathfinder of services to help seniors.
FINANCIAL & LEGAL PROGRAMS
Income supports and pensions: see separate record here
Low-Income Seniors Property Tax Reduction/Deferral: Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills
Ontario Drug Benefit Program (for seniors 65+), see full record here
Income tax clinics (for people with low income only): see separate record here
Legal help, Powers of Attorney and wills:, see separate record here
HEALTH, HOME CARE, SAFETY
Friendly visiting and social engagement
1. Friendly visiting programs: For nonprofit programs see here (some commercial home care businesses also offer friendly outreach programs)
2. Telephone Reassurance Programs: For nonprofit programs see here (some commercial home care businesses also offer telephone reassurance programs)
3. Isolated Seniors Programs (provide transportation and support to isolated seniors to a program outside their home) : Circle of Friends (Burlington) see here, Seniors Keeping Connected Program (Burlington), see here
Personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.):
1. Some personal care is available for free under Ontario's health care system, apply to your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
2. OHIP-funded personal care may also be available from Ontario March of Dimes, for details see separate record here.
3. Veteran's Independence Program (VIP) of Veterans Affairs Canada helps eligible veterans pay for in-home care and housekeeping/home maintenance services, see separate records here.
4. To privately hire personal care (not paid for by OHIP), see list of providers here (check Legal Status to determine if providers are nonprofit or commercial).
House calls & mobile lab/diagnostic services
See list of providers here
Personal alarms (emergency pendants):
1. Nonprofit provider (administered by local hospitals): Connect Care , see full record here
2. Full list of providers (including commercial businesses): see here.
Note:when choosing a personal alarm system, it's advisable to compare:
* range of available services (some may also offer medication reminders, stove safety, activity/falls monitors, etc.)
* whether it is live-monitored (a live staff member communicates with you to determine which contact number is appropriate to the particular situation), or uses an automatic dialing system
* whether translators are available, if language is a factor
Assistive devices (selection and funding)
Mobility Devices: your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) helps with selection and ordering, for contact details see full records here.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Assistive Devices Program (see full record here)
Helps pay for assistive devices and supplies, including wheelchairs, walkers, etc; communication devices; visual/reading aids; hearing aids; prosthetic devices; diabetes equipment & supplies; enteral feeding, ostomy, home oxygen and respiratory supplies & equipment; orthotic devices; and more
* usually pays 75% for equipment ($500 per ear for hearing aids), other subsidies may also be available from other organizations if client is unable to pay their portion
* provides grant for supplies
* for details and how to apply see Fact Sheets here
* for lists of registered vendors see How to Apply here.
GROCERIES AND MEALS
See list of providers here
1. Meals on Wheels (nonprofit), see here
2. Full list of meal delivery providers (including both nonprofit and commercial providers), see here
Community and congregate meals (free):
See list here
HOMEMAKING/HOUSEKEEPING, HOME & YARD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
1. For individual types of services see here (in each category, click 'View Programs and Services' to see all providers)
* nonprofit providers include AbleLiving, Acclaim Health, For Seniors Inc, Links2Care and Saint Elizabeth Health Care
* The Veteran's Independence Program (VIP) of Veterans Affairs Canada provides funding for eligible veterans to help pay for the cost of in-home care and housekeeping/home maintenance services, see separate records here.
DRIVING AND GAS STATIONS
1. Senior Driver Renewal Program, see separate record here
2. Medically-based driver's licence suspensions, see Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Driver Improvement Office, Medical Review Section here
* for training and rehabilitation to have driver's licence reinstated after medical-based suspension, see here
3. Full-service gas stations: Burlington, Oakville
TRANSPORTATION, ERRANDS/SHOPPING, ACCOMPANIMENT
To shopping, errands, general appointments, etc.
1. Local bus services: see here
2. Disability-related transportation: see here
3. Grocery shuttles (may be free, or have a fee for use, depending on location): see here
4. Grocery delivery: see here
5. Errand running/shopping assistance: see here
To medical appointments and day programs only
Nonprofit providers are:
* Canadian Red Cross (fee for use), has some wheelchair-accessible vehicles, see records for Burlington, Oakville, North Halton (Milton and Halton HIlls)
* cancer-related appointments only: Canadian Cancer Society, see here (one-time fee for new users, otherwise free), some wheelchair-accessible vehicles available
* cancer-related appointments only: Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills (free), see here
There are also commercial providers, for full list see here
* Home care agencies with escort programs: here
* (free) Friendly Visiting programs of Acclaim Health (here) and Links2Care (here) may occasionally include accompaniment to shopping, errands, etc., depending on individual client and volunteer
1. Nonprofit Housing
Subsidized units, for people with low income (some also have 'market rent' units, open to people of any income)
* some are just for seniors or people with disabilities, and some have supportive/assisted living services, like meals, personal support, etc.
* for list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton: here
* how to apply is shown in details for each housing community -- most centralize their applications for subsidized units through HATCH (Halton Access to Community Housing) at Halton Region 905-825-6000, but take their own applications for market rent units.
* Bonnie Place (here) takes its own applications for all units.
2) Retirement residences:
Private for-profit rental facilities, with meals and housekeeping included or optional, varying levels of personal care, medications assistance, etc. usually available on-site.
* often also called 'all-inclusive retirement living', 'assisted living' or 'independent living'
* residents may bring in additional services through your LHIN (funded by OHIP, see 'Personal Care' above), or hire extra services from either the retirement residence or an outside provider
* vary in the types of care available and level of care need they will accept
* those providing 2 or more 'care services' must also be licensed by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority
* for full list see here (note: programs shown in this list which are provided by Halton Region are not retirement homes, but provide supportive services in, and/or nonprofit seniors housing).
* rates are set by the retirement residence, but increases on the rental portion are subject to the Residential Tenancies Act
3) Long-Term Care Homes, (nursing homes)
Residential health care facilities, geared to higher long-term care needs than can be filled by home care
* licensed and regulated by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
* Ministry determines rates: resident pays accommodation portion (subsidy available if needed), health care system covers all care
* for full list see here
* apply through your Local Health Integration Network: here
PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION / DEFERRAL
* Low Income Seniors Property Tax Rebate (tax rebate for lower-income seniors or people with disabilities)
* Low-Income Seniors Property Tax Increase Deferral (defers increase in property taxes until home is sold)
* Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program (defers full amount of property taxes until home is sold)
See record for How to Find - Affordable Housing & Financial Help for Rent, Utilities and Property Taxes here
No nonprofit services, for commercial providers see here.
|Hours||Contact organization for information|
|Areas Served||Halton Region|
|Eligibility||Varies by program.|
|Application||Varies by program.|
|Fees||Service - for some, varies by service|
|Categories and Classification|
|Service Categories||Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Community Meals ~ Older Adults ; Congregate Meals/Nutrition Sites ~ Older Adults ; Errand Running/Shopping Assistance ~ Older Adults ; Friendly Outreach Programs ~ Older Adults ; Grocery Ordering/Delivery ~ Older Adults ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Home Delivered Meals ~ Older Adults ; Home Health Care ~ Older Adults ; Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services ; Independent Living Communities/Complexes ; Market Rate Rental Housing ~ Older Adults ; Moving Assistance ; Nursing Facilities ; Old Age Security Program ; Personal Alarm Systems ; Senior Ride Programs ; Spouse's Allowance ; War Veterans Allowance|