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Interesting Information for Monday Morning

Ok- interesting for me and hopefully for you too.

1. Q: Did you know as of April 1 2021 the LHIN has a new name?

A: Home and Community Care Support Services  (HCCSS) which was the LHIN and before that it was the CCAC (Community Care Access Centre).  I am told there are no changes to the program.

2.Q: Did you know that it is possible for the LHIN  or (HCCSS) to pay you to manage your own care?

A: Yes, in some circumstances they will cover the costs of you hiring your own PSW.  The program is called  Family-Managed Care.

3.Q: Do we have a Minister for Seniors?

A: Yes we do, but I have not seen any new initiatives from their offices.

Provincially: Raymond Cho

Federally: Deb Schulte

4. Q: What question am I asked the most frequently and to which I don’t have a good reply?

A:  “I want to renovate my mother’s home so she has an accessible shower rather than a bath tub. What grants are available?”  Sadly I am not aware of any provincial funding that is presently available.  The Federal Budget has several tax credits and the latest  is the Home-Accessibility Tax Credit.

5. Q:  What is happening with the vaccine rollout for seniors?

A:   The age brackets receiving vaccination differ a bit from region to region.  Listed below is eligibility criteria.

  • Toronto: Bookings can be made on this website. Starting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., anyone 60 years of age or older can book a vaccine appointment. The age requirement is lower at some sites depending on other factors that are listed when you try to book an appointment.
  • York: You can book on this website. York Region is vaccinating those 65 years of age and older.
  • Peel: Bookings can be made on this website. Peel Region is booking appointments for those 70 years of age and older.
  • Durham:You can make a booking on this website. Durham Region is currently vaccinating those 70 years of age and older.
  • Halton:You can book an appointment on this website. Halton Region is vaccinating those 65 years of age and older.

Home bound seniors should be getting their vaccines very soon.

6. Q: Did you know that many retirement residents and those who live in Long Term care and who have been vaccinated are still not allowed to leave the building’s premises?

A:  If asked I can only imagine that many seniors would say:”I have been vaccinated and I want to see my family so let me sign a waiver and get out of here!”

When the cure is worse than the disease, we have an even bigger problem….

 

 

 

 

 

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 25 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca

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