Seniors Outreach News August 28, 2013

Our Province offers wonderful benefits to people over 65 in every season of their lives. The important thing to remember about these benefits is that they are income based.  For single seniors, the income threshold is $25,800 for primary benefits only, and $21,400 for primary and secondary benefits. For senior couples, the threshold is $41,900 for primary benefits only and $33,700 for primary and secondary benefits.
If you still own your home and are eligible, Alberta Seniors Benefits offers financial assistance for an assortment of appliances (washer, dryer, fridge, stove, even microwaves, televisions, and vacuums); beds and lift chairs; home repairs (electrical, plumbing, furnace, hot water tank, roof, sewer/septic tank, well/cistern, and entrance step repair or replacement); Lifeline services; nutritional beverages; foot care; prescription medications; housekeeping and yard maintenance; and provision for numerous medical trips for serious medical conditions.
If you are now living in a seniors' facility and qualify, Alberta Seniors Benefits provides for laundry costs and medication dispensing fees as well as the supplementary accommodation benefit if a couple have to maintain two residences.  If you are a caregiver, there is a provision for up to four weeks of respite care.
No other province offers the benefits to seniors that Alberta does. We are truly blessed and grateful. For more information on the Alberta Seniors Benefits, or to check if you are eligible, please contact the Seniors Outreach office at 403-443-2555. We are here to serve you!
Just a reminder that on Monday, September 2, the Seniors Outreach office will be closed for Labour Day but on Tuesday, September 3, the monthly potluck lunch is on at the CommUnity Drop-In Centre at noon and on Wednesday, September 4 is the trip to the Spruce Meadows Masters, so don't miss this wonderful horse jumping show. Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) also has their Discovery Night on Wednesday, September 4 and Seniors Outreach will be there so come and visit us.
There is lots happening, so mark your calendars and get involved.