The primary source of income for seniors (65 years of age or older) is provided by the Government of Canada through the Guaranteed Income Supplement and Old Age Security. To supplement these programs, the Government of Alberta provides the following supports and services:
Seniors that are having difficulties living alone can choose from several options. They may move in with family or move into a retirement community or assisted living centre. These centres often have staff to provide varying levels of assistance to seniors, from meal preparations to regular visits from health professionals.
For those that remain at home, home caregiver assistance may be the best option. A homecare aide can visit the home and help seniors with personal hygiene needs, errands, basic household tasks, or meal prep. Click here to learn more about senior homecare in Calgary.
Comfort Keepers will assist you in any transportation need you may have. To request their assistance, call 403-879-8030.
From Comfort Keepers Website: “Unlike a taxi, we do more than pick you up and drop you off at your destination. Comfort Keepers senior transportation services will help you get dressed and prepared for your appointment, accompany you to your visit, take notes to convey back to your family, stay with you until you are ready to leave, and then take you back home. Our home care providers will also stay with you at home until you are settled back in, accompanied by family or full-time caregivers, or are ready to safely continue your day.”
Seniors are eligible for reduced yearly bus passes. The fee is $145 per year and provides full access to Calgary Transit. Seniors with low income may be eligible for a reduced fee. Click here to learn more.
Many grocery stores offer pick-up options, so you do not need to leave your car and can order online. Call your local grocery store to see if they offer this service.
Many pharmacies offer delivery services. Contact your local pharmacy for delivery options.