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Filing Your Taxes on Time

Filing Your Taxes on Time

Where did the time go?  If you live in Canada, or are a Canadian citizen living abroad in retirement, you already know that the 2016 tax return season is here.  The first 60 days of 2017 are almost over, and it’s time to gather all of your medical receipts, income slips and investment income statements. Tax season can be stressful, especially if you’re facing the task alone for the first time, or you’re trying to save money on accountant fees by filing the return yourself. It’s important to file your tax return for several reasons: it’s the law; you could be eligible for substantial tax credits; you may have a refund owning to you. If you’re a senior who is living on a fixed income, every nickel counts! Retire-At-Home Services Halton does not file tax returns or give advice, but we’ve collected some useful tips for seniors from the Canada Revenue Agency website for you and put the information into context for seniors. Decide how you will file your tax return You can hire an accountant or firm to prepare your tax return, or you can make use of the free software that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers on its website if you can NetFile. Whether you live in Canada or abroad, your resident status affects how you file your return, and can also change the amount of tax you pay. What is NetFile? If your circumstances do not fall under one of the CRA restrictions, then you can complete your tax return on a computer and send the file electronically.  This method can help you receive your...
FAQs: Palliative Care and Respite Care

FAQs: Palliative Care and Respite Care

Our team receives many inquiries about our respite care and palliative care services.  We thought it would be helpful to share this information with our readers as well. It’s important to note that these two services are not mutually exclusive. This means that a patient doesn’t have to be terminally ill in order for a caregiver to need respite care. What are respite care and palliative care How Respite Care Can Bring Balance to Your Life  What is Palliative Care, and How Does it Affect You?    Did you know? You can ask for respite care when you’re the caregiver for someone who is temporarily ill or disabled as the result of an accident. You can also ask for respite care when your loved one is terminally ill, and as their caregiver, you need someone to take over while you sleep or do other important tasks.   FAQs How do you select a caregiver for a patient? When you contact us for a complimentary nurse consultation, we spend some time getting to know you and your family. We focus on what you think is important in a home care plan, your specific needs and preferences, and what you expect from the caregiver’s visits. Does my private insurance or OHIP cover some or all of the cost of the services you offer? If you want to stay in an assisted living facility, you can call us for suggestions on local retirement residences. Prices vary. Your policy will outline the benefits you can claim, but the most commonly covered benefits are those of a Personal Support Worker and nursing services. There...
Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

Why Puppy Love Matters: animal therapy

I recently came across an intriguing article about animal assisted therapy. Click here to read it, so you can get some context on what is going to follow. As I read what Mark (a doctor in Oregon) wrote several years ago, I related to some of his skeptical opinions regarding the place of animals in a hospital, but I’ve also witnessed how people can benefit from them as well. It’s a timeless topic because there will always be a healthy debate. What is animal assisted therapy? Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is the utilization of animals as a therapeutic modality to facilitate healing and rehabilitation of patients with acute or chronic diseases…Animal Assisted Therapy is when animals are used in goal directed treatment sessions. These goals can be physical, mental, emotional and/or social. I was never allowed to keep pets, except some unfortunate goldfish which kept dying for some reason. My father begrudgingly allowed me to bury them in our vegetable garden, despite his attitudes towards animals. We grew up on a farm, and were discouraged from forming an emotional bond with any animal, including the horses that would faithfully and stoically transport anything from bales of hay to pesky children who would tug on their manes, shrieking “go horsey, go!” My cousin, who is on the autism spectrum and cannot speak clearly or control her emotions at times, showed me that there is, in fact, something to animal therapy. We often go to a stable to see the horses and give them carrots. When she finds out that we’re paying them a visit, she immediately collects herself and smiles....
Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Everyone’s Priority

Why Oral Hygiene Should Be Everyone’s Priority

We often cast aside good oral hygiene habits when we’re too tired to brush our teeth before bedtime, or think that skipping our dentist appointment won’t make much of a difference. Getting stuck in this mindset can affect your ability to eat well, and can determine whether you’re able to live independently as you age. April is National Oral Health Month! The Canadian Dental Association offers some wonderful resources to help you understand why oral health is so important. Learn more.   How to make dental care work for you We need our teeth to eat solid foods.  This statement may not be a revelation, but many of us take for granted our ability to chew tough foods like meat or crunchy vegetables.  Without our natural teeth, or properly fitted dentures, we must eat purée foods and supplement our nutrition with vitamins. Dental care is not one of the health services that Ontario’s health insurance (OHIP) covers unless the surgery is done in a hospital. Understandably, if you’re a senior on a fixed income, you may not have adequate private insurance to pay for routine visits to the dentist that can cost anywhere from $150.00 to $400.00, depending on the services you need. Learn about how you can claim medical expenses on your tax return. Which dental services can you claim on your Canadian tax return?   Prevention is the key Did you know that dentures require as much care as your own teeth?  Have you considered how your brushing habits affect the bacteria levels in your mouth? There are some low-cost strategies for maintaining good oral hygiene, and...
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