How to Find - Help for Seniors

Site: Halton Region

Record #: BTN4781
Last Full Update: 15 Feb 2024

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Description (Service)

This listing gives an overview of programs and services available to older adults, and is also an index to related listings in the Halton Community Services Directory

  • for comprehensive information, please see the Halton Seniors' Services Directory here


Community Meals: programs that organize suppers, lunches or other get-togethers that give community residents an opportunity to meet one another in a friendly and informal atmosphere

  • see list of providers here

Grocery Delivery: organizations that accept online and/or telephone orders and deliver food and household supplies to the homes of people who are unable to go out and shop on their own behalf or food pantries that deliver to people with illnesses, disabilities, transportation issues or other extenuating circumstances which prevent them from picking it up

  • see list of providers here

Meal Delivery Providers: programs that prepare and regularly deliver meals to older adults, people with disabilities and others who have difficulties shopping and/or preparing food for themselves

  • see list of providers here


Affordable Housing and Help for Rent, Utilities or Property Taxes: information on programs that make rental housing more readily available to low-income individuals, programs that provide financial assistance for people who are at risk for having their utilities shut off, and programs that provide financial assistance to enable people to pay all or a portion of their property taxes

  • see separate listing here

Long-Term Care Homes: inpatient health care facilities that provide nursing and personal care over an extended period of time

  • for full list see here 

Retirement Homes: residential facilities, apartments and/or planned communities for older adults, people with disabilities or other populations that are available at market rates and designed to enable those who are eligible to have a form of independent living in a secure environment while sharing common interests and having access to supportive services

  • for full list see here


For individual types of services, such as shopping assistance, home maintenance, housekeeping assistance, personal care and yard maintenance, see here (in each category, click 'View Programs and Services' to see all providers) 
Some personal care is available for free under Ontario's health care system, by applying to your local Ontario Health atHome

  • for contact details see full listings here

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

Assistive Devices Program: programs that pay all or a portion of the costs associated with acquiring assistive technology products and/or obtaining support services such as customization, fit/modification services or repairs

Friendly Outreach Programs: programs that reach out to people who are hospitalized or in another institutional setting, are socially isolated due to disability or old age, or otherwise lack companionship with the objective of brightening their day and helping them to maintain contact with the outside world

  • for full list see here

Homebound Services: services that are provided in-home for Individuals are unable to leave their homes because of illness, disability or frailty

  • see list of providers here

Personal Alarm Systems and Locator Aids: programs that provide electronic equipment which connects people with sources of emergency assistance or that facilitate the ability of caregivers to determine the whereabouts of people who have Alzheimer's disease or other similar conditions

  • see list of providers here


Income Programs and Financial Assistance: information on income supports and benefits from federal, provincial or territorial governments

  • see separate listing here


Legal Help and Information: information on programs that provide legal counselling and/or representation for low-income individuals who need assistance in routine legal matters

  • see separate listing here


Ontario Drug Benefit Program: program that pays all, or a portion, of the costs for prescription drugs required by people who meet eligibility requirements for the program

  • see separate listing here

Canadian Dental Care Plan: program that pays all, or a portion, of the costs of dental care required by people who meet eligibility requirements for the program

  • see separate listing here


Income Tax Clinics: programs that provide tax preparation services for people who meet income and/or other eligibility criteria

  • see list of providers here


Disability Related Transportation: programs that provide transportation for purposes of shopping, banking, social events, medical appointments, getting to and from work, and similar activities for people with disabilities who need special accommodations and are unable to utilize other available means of transportation

  • see list of providers here

Escort Programs: programs that accompany people who have limited mobility, cognitive impairments or other problems to specified local destinations and provide assistance which may include transportation or driving services, and assisting the individual to enter and leave the vehicle and buildings

  • see list of providers here

Full-service Gas Stations: Burlington, Oakville 
Local Bus Services: 

  • see list of providers here

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: programs that provide transportation for medical appointments, trips from and between hospitals, to nursing homes or other special-care centres or for other non-emergency medical needs for individuals who, because of their physical condition, are unable to use other means of local transportation

  • see list of providers here

Senior Driver Renewal Program: programs that evaluate the motor and cognitive functioning of elderly individuals or people with disabilities to determine the person's ability to drive

  • see separate listing here

Taxi Services: 

  • see separate listing here

Contact organization for information

Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program

Varies by program

Languages English
Fees Service - for some, varies by service

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Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable

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