Is the Halton Region Doing Enough to Help its Seniors?

Published January 3, 2019 at 6:39 pm

It’s a fact of life that everyone gets old.

No matter how much we may want to, there’s no way to completely prevent aging.

It’s a fact of life that everyone gets old.

No matter how much we may want to, there’s no way to completely prevent aging.

For some, the idea of reaching your golden years can be very scary since there is a lot to think about. Somethings that people often take into consideration as they get older include where they will be living, how they will keep busy and active, and their overall health, just to name a few.

Luckily, the Halton Region has many services set in place for seniors and older adults.

These services are as follows. 

Assisted Living (Supportive Housing) Programs

According to the official Halton Region website, there are currently four assisted living programs in the region. One is located in Milton, one in Oakville, and two are located in Burlington. 

Some services that are provided to those who are enrolled in an assisted living program include personal care (including showering), safety checks, assistance with pre-measured medication, reassurance, dressing, undressing, and more.

Those who qualify for personal care services could also be entitled to assistance with meal services, laundry, and light housekeeping.

According to the Halton Region website, assisted living is delivered on a frequent basis that averages to about 1.5 hours daily. 

For more information including how to apply, and to see if you or a loved one is eligible, visit the Assisted Living (Supportive Housing) Programs page on the Halton Region website.

Adult Day Programs

There are currently three adult day programs that are provided by the Halton Region. These programs are for clients with physical disabilities, dementia or other cognitive impairments, and frail health.

There is one adult day program located in Georgetown and two are offered in Milton.

A few services that are provided in these programs include full meals at lunchtime and refreshments in the morning and afternoon, a variety of therapeutic, cognitive, social, and recreational programs, educational sessions, musical programs, holiday celebrations, and more. 

For more information including how to apply, and for a full list of fees and services, visit the Adult Day Programs page on the Halton Region website.

Older Adult Advisory Committee (OAAC)

This committee is an advisory body to the Halton Regional Council that provides information on issues that older adults face in order to help council make informed decisions on behalf of the seniors that live in the region.

The OAAC publishes a ‘Halton Older Adults’ Directory’ as well as a ‘Housing Information for Older Adults in Halton’ resource.

For more information about this committee, visit the OAAC page on the Halton Region website.

Project Lifesaver Halton

This is a program that is set in place to help families protect their loved ones who may wander or bolt. 

“People using the program, coordinated by the Halton Regional Police Service, wear a small bracelet with a transmitter that sends out a radio tracking signal 24-hours a day, seven days a week,” reads the Halton Region website.

“If caregivers notify police the individual is missing, a specially trained emergency response team will use mobile tracking equipment to find them.”

For more information, visit the Project Lifesaver Halton page on the Halton Region website.

In addition to all this information, the Halton Region website also provides information regarding how seniors can continue to be active, oral health, alcohol and older adults, driving, fall prevention, medication, and information about Meals on Wheels – a service that provides its customers with high-quality meals.

Do you think the Halton Region is doing enough to help its seniors?

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