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The 2018 Provincial Budget: How Does It Affect Seniors?

The 2018 Provincial Budget: How Does It Affect Seniors?

If you live in Ontario and are a senior, you may be interested in what the 2018 Budget (provincial) has to say about what the Province is promising for the next year. The 2018 Budget plan, outlined here, addresses issues such as mental health, affordable housing, child care and making health care better and more accessible to everyone. Most significantly, the government is promising a fair approach to implementing the plan. The main points that are specifically geared toward the Province’s aging population show that our policy makers recognize that the cost of living independently can create barriers for seniors who wish to stay in their home. Retire-At-Home understands this as well. Our team of qualified Nurses and Client Care managers will work with you to identify the services you really need to help you stick to a budget. 2018 Budget highlights Expanding long-term care to make it more accessible (the plan is to add 5000 new beds by 2022, and 30,000 over the next decade.) A benefit of $750 annually for seniors 75 years of age and older, to help maintain their homes (e.g. this could help pay for custodial services such as snow removal, lawn maintenance and air duct cleaning, but the eligible expenses have not been revealed yet.) OHIP benefits will cover prescriptions for seniors in August 2019. Support for dental care costs. Expanding and improving home and community care for people who need nursing services, as well as for caregivers. Personal Support Workers (PSWs) will receive additional training and incentives (such as retirement security) to join the PSW workforce. Support for people living with Dementia...

ICYMI: Why taking care of your mouth will make you smile

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 taking a...
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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