How to Find - Seniors Help: Income, Housing, Home Care, Home Help, Meals, Transportation etc.

Site: Halton

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Located In Community Halton Region
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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. 
* 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 (people with low income only): see separate record here 
* Legal help, Powers of Attorney and wills: see 'How to Find - Legal Help' here 
1. Personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.): 
* Ontario's health care system (OHIP) pays for some personal care in your home, apply to Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) (see here
* Some OHIP-funded personal care is also available from Ontario March of Dimes (for those with permanent physical disabilities, must be able to self-direct own care, may be wait list), see here
* 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
To privately hire personal care (not paid for by OHIP), see here (nonprofit providers on this list include AbleLiving, Acclaim Health, Capability Support Services and Saint Elizabeth Health Care. 
2. House calls & mobile lab/diagnostic services, see list here 
3. Personal alarms (emergency pendants) 
Connect Care (administered by local hospitals), see here, full list (including commercial businesses), see here
Personal alarm providers vary - 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 
4. Assistive devices 
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Assistive Devices Program (see full record here) helps pay for: 
Wheelchairs, walkers, etc. * communication devices, visual/reading aids, hearing aids * prosthetic devices * diabetes equipment & supplies * enteral feeding supplies * ostomy supplies * home oxygen, respiratory supplies & equipment * orthotic devices * pressure modification devices * and more 
Usually pays 75% for equipment ($500 per ear for hearing aids), grant for supplies (more subsidy may be available from other organizations if needed). 
For details and how to apply see Fact Sheets here * for lists of registered vendors see here
Meal Delivery: for Meals on Wheels programs (nonprofit), see here * for full list (including both nonprofit and commercial providers), see here 
Community and congregate meals (free): See separate records here 
Grocery Ordering / Delivery: See separate records here 
For the full list of the types of services see here, click 'View Programs and Services' to see the individual 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
* Senior Driver Renewal Program, see separate record here 
* For medically-based driver's licence suspensions, see Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Driver Improvement Office, Medical Review Section here 
* For programs that offer training and rehabilitation to have driver's licence reinstated after medical-based suspension, see here 
Full-service Gas Stations:: see separate record here 
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 
* has 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 CCAC (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  
* rates are set by the retirement residence, but increases on the rental portion are subject to the Residential Tenancies Act 
* 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). 
3) Long-Term Care Homes, (nursing homes) for full list see here 
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  
* apply through Community Care Access Centres: here 
* Low Income Seniors Property Tax Rebate ($ 525 for eligible seniors) 
* 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.
Languages English
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

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