How to Find - Seniors Help: Income Programs, Home Care, Housing and Transportation
|Record #: BTN4781||Last Full Update: 24 Aug 2015|
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|Legal Status||(20) Regional Government ; (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit ; (60) Commercial|
|Description (Service)||This record provides an overview and pathfinder of services to help seniors.
INCOME, BENEFITS, FINANCIAL & LEGAL PROGRAMS
* Income supports and pensions: see here
* Low-Income Seniors Property Tax Rebate/Reduction: 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 here
* Powers of Attorney and wills: see 'How to Find - Legal Help' here
HEALTH & SAFETY
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
2. Fee for use
To privately hire personal care (not paid for by OHIP), see full list of providers here (nonprofit providers on this list include AbleLiving, Acclaim Health, Capability Support Services and Saint Elizabeth Health Care)
House calls & mobile lab/diagnostic services
See list here
Personal alarms (emergency pendants)
* Connect Care (administered by local hospitals), see here
* full list (including commercial businesses), see here
Personal alarm providers vary, it's advisable to check options thoroughly when choosing a personal alarm system
* each has a different range of available services
* some may also offer medication reminders, stove safety features, activity and falls monitors, etc.
* some communicate between you and a live staff member to determine which contact number to call in a particular situation, whereas others use an automatic dialing system
* some have translators available and others do not.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Assistive Devices Program (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 registered vendors see here
* Meals on Wheels (nonprofit): here
* Full list (including both nonprofit and commercial providers): here
Community and congregate meals (free):
HOMEMAKING/HOUSEKEEPING, HOME & YARD MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
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
* veterans may be eligible for financial help to pay for these services, from Veterans Independence Program (Veterans Affairs Canada): here
DRIVING AND GAS STATIONS
* 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
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), 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)
* 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 who meet low-income criteria
* some also have 'market rent' units, open to people of any income
* some are just for seniors or people with disabilities, and some have varying levels of supportive/assisted living services, like meals, personal support, etc.
* some are owned by Halton Region and others by nonprofit organizations and charities
* 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
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|
|Located In Community||Halton Region|
|Taxonomy 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 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|