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

Site: Halton

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Agency Information
Legal Status (20) Regional Government ; (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit ; (60) Commercial
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This listing provides an overview and pathfinder of services to help seniors 
Income Programs and Financial Assistance: see separate listing here 
Low-Income Seniors Property Tax Reduction/Deferral: Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills 
Ontario Drug Benefit Program (for seniors 65+), see full listing here 
Income tax clinics (for people with low income only): see separate listing here 
Legal Help and Information, Power of Attorney and Wills:, see separate listing here 
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 Program (provide transportation and support to isolated seniors to a program outside their home): Circle of Friends (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 Home and Community Care Support Services, for contact details see full listings here 
2. OHIP-funded personal care may also be available from Ontario March of Dimes, for details see separate listing 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 listings 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 listing 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: 
1. Selection of mobility devices: Home and Community Care Support Services helps with selection and ordering, for contact details see full listings here 
2. Funding: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Assistive Devices Program (see full listing here)  
* helps pay for mobility aids; hearing aids and other devices; communication aids; visual aids; diabetic equipment and supplies; respiratory equipment and supplies; home oxygen therapy; artificial eyes and facial prosthetics; custom orthotic braces, compression garments and lymphedema pumps; prosthetic breasts or limbs; and enteral-feeding pumps and ostomy supplies 
* usually cover 75% of the cost for equipment and supplies (ADP is billed directly by the supplier and you pay 25% when you buy the item) 
* in some cases, you receive a series of payments throughout the year to help cover the cost of supplies 
* other subsidies may also be available from other organizations if you cannot pay your portion 
* for details and how to apply and lists of registered vendors, see How to Apply here 
Grocery Delivery:  
See list of providers here 
Meal Delivery: 
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 
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, 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 listings here 
1. Senior Driver Renewal Program, see separate listing here 
2. Medically-based Driver's Licence Suspensions: for training and rehabilitation to have driver's licence reinstated after medical-based suspension, see here 
3. Full-service gas stations: Burlington, Oakville 
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, Burlington Branch (fee for use), has some wheelchair-accessible vehicles, see here  
* Canadian Cancer Society for cancer-related appointments only (annual registration fee), has some wheelchair-accessible vehicles available, see here 
* Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills for cancer-related appointments only (free), see here 
There are also commercial providers, for full list see here 
* Home care agencies with escort programs, see here 
* Friendly Visiting programs of Acclaim Health (here) and Links2Care (here) may occasionally include accompaniment to shopping, errands, etc., depending on individual client and volunteer 
Nonprofit Housing: 
Halton Region’s subsidized housing program, also known as rent-geared-to-income (RGI), provides safe, well-maintained rental housing for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes (also have 'market rent' units, open to people of any income) 
* for list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton, see here  
* some are just for seniors or people with disabilities  
* 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 
Retirement residences: 
Private for-profit facilities designed to enable retired individuals and other elderly people to have a form of independent living, while sharing common interests and access to supportive services, such as meals and housekeeping 
* costs vary and not all services may be included in the basic cost  
* vary in the types of care available and level of care need they will accept  
* residents may bring in additional services through the Home and Community Care Support Services Burlington Office (905-639-5228 or 1-800-810-0000), or hire extra services from either the retirement residence or an outside provider 
* those providing 2 or more 'care services' must also be licensed by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority 
* for full list see here (note: residences 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 
Long-Term Care Homes: 
Care for people with significant health challenges and cognitive impairment who need 24-hour access to nursing care and supervision (also referred to as nursing homes) 
* homes are publicly funded by the government to provide primary health care and nursing care, support with the activities of daily living, a variety of therapies and activities, and special diets 
* residents pay a fee for their accommodation (Ministry determines rates, subsidy available if needed) 
* licensed and regulated by Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care  
* for full list see here  
* apply through your local Home and Community Care Support Services here 
* 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 listing 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
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Disabilities ; Food ; Health Care ; Housing / Shelter ; Income Programs ; Older Adults ; Transportation ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; Home Delivered ; Home Support ; Home Support Programs ; Income Programs for Older Adults ; Income Support Programs for Older Adults ; Long Term Care Homes ; Long-Term Care Homes ; Meals for People with Disabilities ; Meals for Seniors ; Meals for Seniors / People with Disabilities ; Programs for Home Support ; Retirement Homes ; Senior Apartments ; Seniors' Apartments ; Seniors Help ; Seniors' Retirement Homes ; Seniors Transportation ; Social Assistance ; Special Topics ; Transportation for Older Adults
Service Categories Allowance for the Survivor Program ; Errand Running/Shopping Assistance ~ Older Adults ; Friendly Outreach Programs ~ Older Adults ; Grocery Delivery ; Guaranteed Income Supplement ; Home Delivered Meals ; Home Health Care ~ Older Adults ; Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Services ; Market Rate Rental Housing ~ Older Adults ; Moving Services ; Nursing Facilities ; Old Age Security Program ; Personal Alarm Systems ; Retirement Homes ; Senior Meals ; Senior Ride Programs ; Spouse's Allowance ; War Veterans Allowance

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