Seniors get help with paperwork

Seniors who are wondering how they will make ends meet when unexpected expenses come up need to check out the possibility

Carolynne Jensen

Carolynne Jensen

Seniors who are wondering how they will make ends meet when unexpected expenses come up need to check out the possibility of receiving financial assistance from the provincial government.

Carolynne Jensen, seniors’ information & referral services coordinator says there is financial help available to low income seniors who qualify for benefits as well as old age security.

Eligibility for a benefit is determined by the type of accommodation the senior lives in and, his or her marital status, and income. Eligible seniors have had to live in Canada for 10 years and be eligible for the federal Old Age Security pension.

Seniors with an income of less than $25,800 or married seniors with an income of less than $41,900 may receive reimbursement for medications, housekeeping services, home care, appliances and other necessities.

To help seniors fill out the forms necessary to qualify for a program offering financial assistance they can visit the seniors information referral centre.

The centre is located downstairs at the Rimbey & District Drop-In Centre and is open on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon or call 403-843-2030.

Jensen or one of a group of trained volunteers will provide help in filling out the necessary forms to receive the type of assistance needed.