Manitoba Seniors

Understanding the Personal Care Home System

Home and Community Care

Personal Care Homes

– In Manitoba nursing homes are referred to as Personal Care Services. The province subsidizes a portion of the cost of personal care services, and the resident is responsible for paying the remaining amount.
For a detailed and comprehensive description of the long-term care system, please visit www.nursinghomeratings.ca.

Retirement Homes

Retirement homes are referred to as such, and are synonymous with Independent Living or Assisted Living.

Supportive Housing

Individuals who want the independence of residing in their own unit or suite and also require some assistance with personal tasks and supervision, may benefit from Supportive Housing. The government subsidizes a portion of the costs associated with supportive services, while the resident is responsible for the room and board portion and some other services. Supportive housing is implemented to delay or prevent entry into a personal care home.

Supports to Seniors in Group Living

Supports such as transportation, activities, and meals are provided to seniors in specific senior housing arrangements.

Elder Abuse

Age and Opportunity

The province of Manitoba provides funding to Age and Opportunity, a non-profit social service agency, that, among other services, provides consultation, assessment, and counseling to seniors who are the victim of abuse. Contact Age and Opportunity at 204-956-6440.

Protection for Persons in Care

If you or your loved one resides in a Health Facility (including a personal care home), and you suspect abuse, contact the Protection for Persons in Care Office at 204-788-6366 or 1-866-440-6366.

Home Adaptations

Manitoba seniors who want to modify their home to compensate for age-related changes and continue living in their home may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

Home Adaptation for Senior’s Independence Program (HASI Program)

If you are a low-income senior, or landlord, who wants to make modifications to your home to help with independently carry out activities of daily living, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

Finances

Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
Residents of Manitoba who provide a specified level of care to a spouse, relative, neighbour, or friend who lives in Manitoba, and who does not receive payment for providing care may be eligible for a refundable tax credit of up to $1275.

Government Website

Manitoba residents looking for information about seniors can go to the Ministry of Seniors and Healthy Aging at http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/index.html.