Support and resources for Alberta Seniors

Are there any visitor restrictions in place for Alberta senior’s homes and care facilities?

  Permanent Changes to Expanded care in Nursing Homes: 

  • Long-term changes to Alberta’s nursing homes regulations will come into effect on Aug. 15
  • These changes make the temporary amendments, introduced as part of the government’s response to COVID-19, permanent
  • Permanent changes also allow nurse practitioners and other health professionals to prescribe medication and order treatments in nursing homes, according to their scopes of practice
  • More information: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72523FE1EE389-EC72-256C-CF899F24154E2773

Is the federal government providing any support for Canada’s seniors as a result of COVID-19? 

  • https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#eased_rules_registered_retirement_income_funds
  • Reducing the required minimum withdrawals from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020.
  • Learn more about Registered Retirement Income Funds
  • Providing a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
    • – This measure would give a total of $500 to individuals who are eligible to receive both the OAS and the GIS, and will help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19.
    • – You do not have to apply. This payment will be issued during the week of July 6.
  • Temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed. This will ensure that the most vulnerable seniors continue to receive their benefits when they need them the most. To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information as soon as possible and no later than by October 1, 2020.

 

Support for seniors, and others, at home

  • Seniors, and others, can contact 211 if they need help finding resources in their community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.
  • Call or text 2-1-1, or visit ab.211.ca.