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Older adults need access to a number of housing options that are affordable, safe and that cater to a wide range of needs and personal preferences. Find the latest evidence on these, and other housing options for older adults, in our resources below.

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  • Evidence Summary

    Interventions for preventing delirium in older people in institutional long-term care

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2019)
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    Home adaptations shown to improve quality of living in later life

    Centre for Ageing Better (2017)
  • Patient Decision Aid

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, should I go to live with family/friend or stay in my retirement/assisted living home?

    OHRI
    COVID-19 poses significant health risks for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. For those living in assisted living and retirement homes, the decision to move back home with friends and family can be difficult to make. Use this decision aid to help you consider your options.
  • Patient Decision Aid

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, should I or my family member go to live with family or stay in the long-term care or nursing home?

    OHRI
    COVID-19 poses significant health risks for seniors and those with compromised immune systems. For those living in long term care homes and nursing homes, the decision to move back home with friends and family can be difficult to make. It’s important to ensure that you will have proper care if you decide to move out. Use this decision aid to help you consider your options.
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    Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide

    The United States Department of Justice
    Tribal and rural lands are home to many older adults. In the United States, the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture teamed up to address issues of elder abuse in rural and tribal areas. This resource contains information about elder abuse and links to useful external resources for tribal elders and rural older adults. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Individual

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Problem gambling can cause health-related issues, employment issues, and homelessness. Read this resources for information about the detrimental effects of gambling to the problem gambler.
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    The Cohousing Movement and Its Position as an Option for Older Adults

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Cohousing is a great option for seniors who are looking for alternative housing options but still want to maintain social connections in their community. Some advantages of cohousing communities include relationship building, shared amenities and independent living. However costs can be a barrier to this type of living arrangement. Read this article to learn more.
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    Care options, choosing the best plan for you and the person you care for

    Health Canada- Seniors
    Planning to become a caregiver means understanding your own needs and the needs of your loved one. Planning ahead can help increase your loved one's quality of life. It can also help you maintain your own well-being.
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    4 Free Caregiver Tools for Emergencies

    National Council on Aging (US)
    There are many resources out there that can help caregivers during financial emergencies. These 4 links can help you as a caregiver navigate emergencies with your older loved one.
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    Kitchen Of The Future: Remodeling For Comfortable Aging In Place

    Aging in place
    Aging in place means maintaining your independence at home as you age. Much of the time spent in your home will be in your kitchen. You should consider the different kitchen designs and features in this resource to help you maintain maximum independence.
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    Are You at Risk of Falling?

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    This quiz can help you assess your risk for falls and learn more about how you can remain independent as you age. If you have a score of 4 points or higher, you may be at greater risk for fall and you should consider speaking to your doctor about how you can reduce your risk.
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    A Cure for Senior Loneliness Is Within Our Reach

    Next Avenue
    EngAGE is a program offered in southern California, Oregon and Minnesota that provides life-enhancing onsite programs in affordable senior and multigenerational housing. It is one way to tackle social isolation in seniors. Learn more about the model in this resource and how it could be applied to your own community.
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    Age-friendly community dimensions

    Government of Ontario
    Age-friendly communities are accessible and promote health aging in many different ways. Learn about the benefits and features that make a city age-friendly, such as accessible buildings, appropriate housing and multiple transportation options.
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    Economic Security: Tools for Elder Hispanics

    National Council on Aging (US)
    This resource describes how hispanic seniors are at a greater risk for poverty and the barriers that prevent them from retiring on time. Use this resource to learn tips on how to achieve financial security using online tools.
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    Considering Tapping Your Home Equity? Compare Your Options First

    National Council on Aging (US)
    Use this resource to learn more about your options if you are considering using your home equity as retirement income.
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    On the Road to Age-Friendly Communities (Brochure)

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    Make changes to your community to make it age-friendly. Learn the importance of supporting elder living in communities. This resource shares information on Canadian policy goals and other research.
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    Plan your future today - Live the life you want tomorrow

    Employment and Social Development Canada
    This resource shares videos to help older adults feasibly plan for social and support services as well as home adjustments to help them live independently in their community.
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    Patients First A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care

    Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
    Through their ‘Patients First’ initiative, the Ontario government has set out to strengthen home and community care. This document outlines the 10 steps of this project and a timeline for implementation.
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    A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

    Ontario Ministry of Senior Affairs
    This resource is a thorough guide to programs and services geared towards Ontario seniors. Some topics covered include recreation, finance, housing and health.
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    Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Update

    Ontario Ministry of Housing
    Ontario aims to solve chronic homelessness by 2025. Read this resource for information regarding Ontario’s finance plans and policy updates.
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    Housing for Off-Reserve Aboriginal Families

    Ontario Ministry of Housing
    Read this resource for information regarding Ontario’s programs and funding for aboriginal families living off-reserve.
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    Our Neighbourhood Guide

    Canada Open Government Portal
    Use Our Neighborhood Guide (ONG) when planning to move or invest in a property. ONG helps you locate available real estate and jobs, search nearby amenities and explore commute options. It also provides information about impartial real estate reports, mortgage rates and the average weather in your chosen city.
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    5 Signs Your Loved One May Need Caregiving Support

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    How do you know if now is a good time to get additional support for your older adult loved? Changes in the safety of their environment and their own personal health are good indicators. You can also assess if your loved one's their ability to take care of themselves has changed. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Group Homes, an Alternative for Seniors Who Can't Age in Place

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    Group homes are smaller assisted living locations that have fewer amenities. They are a less expensive alternative to large assisted living facilities. They are often integrated into neighbourhoods, offering a cozy, home-like environment. Read this resource to learn more about group homes and how you can go about finding one.
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    Senior-Friendly Tech Options: Learn The Secrets Of Aging Gracefully At Home

    Aging in place
    How should your home be set up to age in place? Your home should have open passage and good lighting. You should also think about any advanced supports you might need to make your home more safe and comfortable. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How Having A Smart Home Can Help You Maintain Independence

    Aging in place
    A smart home is one where several functions of your home can be controlled wirelessly and easily. Many devices can also be connected to each other such as your computer and your TV. Look at what devices are important to you and make your life easier. Then make sure to consider costs and security issues. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Comfort Living: Why It Is Okay To Age At Home

    Aging in place
    Aging in your own home is a comfortable and desirable option for many people. There are many good reasons to age in place such as increased safety, independence and saving money. Being home can also help you stay close to loved ones and family. Read this resource to learn more.
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    10 Little-Known In-Home Services That Might Be Right For You

    Aging in place
    Living at home alone can be difficult for many older adults. In-home services can help so that you live independently in your home as you age. These services can help you in many activities of daily living. Read this resource to learn how in-home services can help you.
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    Housing and Aging in Place Options

    OakNet: Canadian Law for Older Adults
    If you own or are renting property, this resource can help guide you to more information on how to deal with legal issues. Landlords, tenants, condo owners, or home owners in Alberta can all use this resource to better inform themselves of their legal rights and responsibilities.
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    Where You Live Matters

    LongTermCare.gov
    Many people want to live at home as they age. Consider how age-friendly your home, neighbourhood, and community really are. What supports will you need and how can you plan ahead? Use this resource to learn more.
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    Avoiding a Fall

    LongTermCare.gov
    Falls are a leading cause of injury for older adults. One of the biggest effects of falls is loss of independence. To avoid falls, here are some tips that can increase your safety. Read this resources to learn more.
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    Senior Apartments

    Senior living
    Senior apartments can offer accessibility and community. They are a more affordable, supportive option for older adults looking for independence as they age. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What is Cohousing?

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    If you are interested in the concept of cohousing, read this resource to learn more about this style of independent housing. Cohousing usually consists of seniors who own their own homes which are clustered around a common house with shared amenities.
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    Cohousing & Sustainability

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Cohousing has many benefits for seniors as well as for the environment, economics and social sustainability. Read this resource to learn how cohousing can improve the lives of everyone in the community.
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    Success of senior co-housing arrangements affected by people, place, and long-term security

    Journal of Housing for the Elderly (2019)
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    Senior Cohousing: Affordable Housing for Aging in Place

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Read this resource to understand why many Canadian seniors are choosing to live in cohousing. This type of housing allows older adults to live independently while saving money, improving their social life and being more environmentally friendly.
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    How To Create A Cohousing Community

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Cohousing combines the benefits of private living with the comfort of a close community. To start a cohousing community, you need to connect with your friends and neighbours and start planning. Read this resource to learn more.
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    A Community for Proactive Adults: What Is Senior Cohousing?

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Co-housing aims to create mindful, creative, and connected communities. These communities began in Denmark and are spreading around the world. Read this resource to learn more.
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    The Consensus Decision Process in Cohousing

    Canadian Cohousing Network
    Good decisions are those where everyone agrees or is open to making a collective decision. Read this resource to learn how to make a decision by consensus in a co-housing community.
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    Cohousing: A Growing Concept in Communal Living

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Health
    If you are an older adult who is considering moving into cohousing, read this resource to learn more about the concept of a planned community that is run by the residents of the community. This resource describes the successes of the first cohousing community in Oklahoma and the experiences of seniors who have created a new circle of friends in this type of housing.
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    Shared Housing for Seniors

    A Place For Mom
    Many older adults want to age in place and be independent, however this is not always what is best for them. An alternative option for seniors is shared housing. Learn about the many benefits of shared housing for seniors such as independence, saving on rent, safety and social connections.
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    Senior Cohousing

    Senior Living Link
    If you are a senior who is thinking of moving into assisted living but you still want to maintain a community feeling, consider a cohousing community. These communities are designed to facilitate strong bonds between its residents and provide seniors with a place to live independently.
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    Five Simple Steps to Create a Safer Environment for Seniors

    Today's Caregiver
    Electricity powers countless appliances and tools. Electrical accidents can be dangerous because they often lead to house fires. Caregivers and older adults should familiarize themselves with the risks of home fires due to electricity. Take steps to reduce these risks.
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    Senior Safety and Well-Being Checklist

    A Place For Mom
    Use this checklist to check in on an older adult who lives alone. Keep their housing, safety, and health needs in mind.
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    Preventing Falls for Children and Adults

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Older adults are at risk for falls and can suffer serious injuries as a result. Falls can be prevented by knowing the unsafe areas around the house and modifying them. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Affordable housing programs

    Government of Alberta
    Affordable housing programs helps provide housing options for people and their families with special needs. More information on rent supplement programs is also provided. Read this resource to learn how to apply.
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    Aging in Place: A Real Choice

    Today's Caregiver
    If you are an older adults who wants to age in your own home, you should plan ahead to modify your home for safety. Learn how to maintain your independence at home by reading this resource.
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    Healthy Aging

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Healthy aging is defined by many things. Social connectedness and protecting against falls are just two aspects of healthy aging. Read this resource to learn more and find additional resources.
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    Seniors' Guide 2015/2016

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Use this resource to find many healthy aging resources in Manitoba. You can learn about the many health, recreational, and financial supports in your community. Read this guide to learn more.
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    Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities: Guidebook

    Alberta Health Services
    There are several living, health, and financial continuing care supports available for you in Indigenous communities in Alberta. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Moving to a new home in continuing care

    Alberta Health Services
    For some forms of continuing care, you may decide to move homes. This guide will help you and your loved ones manage the transition.
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    Housing and Aging in Place Options

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    There are many different housing options and supports for older adults in Manitoba. You can choose to age at home or live in senior's housing. Read this resource to learn about your options.
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    The Ultimate Senior Safety and Well-Being Checklist

    A Place For Mom
    This holiday season, use the seniors wellbeing checklist to make sure your older adult loved one is healthy and safe in their home. Some topics include house safety and health status. Read this resource to learn more.
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    How to Lower Your Fall Risk

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    Falls can occur to anyone at anytime. There are steps you can take to stay safe. Read this resource for some tips on how you can avoid falls.
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    How to Do a Trial Run Before Relocating in Retirement

    Next Avenue
    Moving can be a big step. Knowing whether you feel comfortable in a community should not be left to chance. If you can, try doing a trial run before moving. Read this resource to learn more.
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    5 Reasons to Tour Senior Living Communities During the Holidays

    A Place For Mom
    The holiday season is a great time to tour senior living communities. Take advantage of the holiday cheer and family-friendly atmosphere to visit some communities with your older adult loved one. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Not Your Mother’s Senior Center: Senior Centers Today

    A Place For Mom
    Senior centres are looking to attract both older adults and their baby boomer loved ones. Many centres now have innovative recreational activities. Read this resource to learn more.
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    What to Do When Dad and Mom Have Different Senior Living Care Needs

    A Place For Mom
    Mom and dad may need separate living situations if they have different care needs. This can be a very difficult and emotional decision to make. Read this resource to learn more.
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    5 Helpful Tips for Moving Your Senior Parent

    A Place For Mom
    Moving your older adult loved one can be an emotional and difficult experience. This resource has several helpful tips that can help you navigate the experience.
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    Assisted Living Seniors' Care

    Comfort Life
    Assisted living retirement can provide on-site care in your retirement home. They also offer more independence than typical long-term care homes. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Long Term Care

    Comfort Life
    Long term care homes provide constant nursing care to older adults who need an increased level of medical attention. These care home exist all over Canada but many have waiting lists. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Respite Care

    Comfort Life
    Respite care can provide a break to caregivers by temporarily caring for their older adult loved ones. There are several respite care services across Canada. Read this resource to learn more.
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    Independent living for Seniors

    Comfort Life
    Independent living homes are perfect for older adults looking for an active, stress-free living environment. Older adults in these homes can access many different services such as meal and transportation services. Read this resource to learn about independent living homes across Canada.
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    Active Adult Living Communities

    Comfort Life
    Active adult living communities are communities you can live in during your retirement. You can maintain your hobbies and meet others who are as adventurous as you. Read this resource to learn about active adult living communities in Canada.
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    Patient Lifts Help Caregivers Transfer Seniors Safely

    Aging Care
    Caregivers can hurt themselves when manually lifting their older adult loved ones. Patient lifts can help both older adults and their caregivers. Read this resource to learn more about the types and benefits of patient lifts.
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    Smart Technology to Help Seniors Live Independently

    Institute on Aging
    New technology means older adults can age in their homes for longer. Technology can also ensure safety and wellness. Read this resource to learn about different technologies that can help you stay independent as you age.
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    5 Technologies to Help Seniors Live Independently

    Aging Care
    Technology can help maintain your independence as you age. Read this resource to learn more about different technologies that can be useful for the health and security of older adults.
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    3 Aging Decisions to Make Before Someone Does for You

    Next Avenue
    Read this resource to learn about some of the decisions you should make before someone else needs to decide on your behalf. Making these decisions will help you maintain control even when independence becomes difficult.
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    Senior Living Aids and Assistive Technology Devices

    Senior living
    Assistive technology devices (ATDs) can help older adults maintain their independence and live more fully. ATDs include mobility devices, communication tools, and more. Read this resource to learn more about the different types of ATDs and how to determine and pay for the one you need.
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    Seniors' Supportive Housing

    BC Housing
    Seniors who are low-income and need additional supports when choosing appropriate housing can turn to government programs for help. If you are a senior who lives in British Columbia, consider using this resource to learn about your housing options.
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    Independent Living BC Program

    BC Housing
    Learn about the Independent Living BC Program for seniors and people living with disabilities. Details about costs, eligibility and included services are provided for your convenience.
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    Supportive Housing

    BC Housing
    Seniors who are low-income and need additional supports when choosing appropriate housing can turn to government programs for help. Learn about the different types of supportive housing exists in British Columbia and how to access these services.
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    Aging in Place Kitchen Design Ideas: Tips for Caregivers

    Institute on Aging
    The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house. As you age, modifying your kitchen with new features or tools can help make your kitchen more accessible and safe. Read this resource to learn more about what kinds of changes you can make for an age-friendly kitchen.
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    Talking with Seniors About Moving: Tips for a Positive Conversation

    Institute on Aging
    Talking about moving with older adults can be difficult. Read this resource to learn how to talk to your loved one about moving houses or aging in place.
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    Independent Living Solutions For Those Wanting To Age At Home

    Aging in place
    Staying at home can be one way to maintain your independence as you age. Read this resource to learn more about the modifications you can make to your home and lifestyle to age independently.
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    Independent Living for Seniors

    Help Guide
    Independent living can vary greatly depending on your needs and desires in a retirement community. Housing can range from apartment style living to houses in a community where amenities such as social activities and recreation are provided. This resource is a complete guide to help you decide if independent living is suited for your needs and helps you get the process started.
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    Mobility and Balance

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Maintaining good mobility and balance are important to prevent falls and injury. Assess your level of mobility and balance by reading this resource. Learn more about how you can prevent falls.
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    Senior Housing Options

    Help Guide
    Choosing housing for a senior can be overwhelming due to all the options that exist. This resource can help you consider all the options and guide you into choosing the best type of housing for yourself or a loved one.
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    Fall Prevention

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    Seniors are more at risk of falls in their own homes due to more risk factors in a home where proper precautions are not taken. Learn ways you can adapt your home to create a safe space for senior living.
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    Supportive Housing and Assisted Living

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports
    If you are a senior who lives in British Columbia and you are looking to compare assisted living and supportive housing options, then use this resource to learn about government programs created to support you.
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    Senior housing and supportive services

    Grantmakers in Aging
    The need for affordable and supportive housing grows as seniors rely on retirement savings as their income. Read this resource to learn about the foundations that are helping to alleviate these needs and for more resources on this topic.
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    Community Health Services in Canada

    Canadian Red Cross
    Use this resource to learn about the many services that the Canadian Red Cross provides seniors in the community. Programs such as community supports, health equipment loans, home care and other community initiatives are described.
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    Age-Friendly Alberta

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage accessibility and promote an inclusive community. Explore which changes are being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors.
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    What does it take to become an Age-Friendly Community?

    Government of Alberta
    Learn how Alberta is working towards becoming an age-friendly province by implementing more programs that encourage seniors to participate and contribute to their community. Explore which changes are already being made to transportation, housing, community services and recreation for seniors in the city of Calgary.
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    Rural Aging in Place Toolkit

    Rural Health Information Hub
    Seniors that live in rural communities often face difficulties when aging in place. This tool kit is a complete guide to implementing age-friendly communities and aging in place programs.
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    Age-Friendly Communities

    Grantmakers in Aging
    Most seniors would like to grow old in their home and live independently until they no longer can. Age-friendly communities encourage independent aging and allow seniors to have access to all kinds of health and social services.
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    Stair Chair Lifts for Seniors

    Senior living
    If a senior is living in a home with stairs, it can become difficult to get around and safety can become an issue if they are living alone. Stair chair lifts are an accessible option for those looking to stay in their homes and the costs can be subsidized depending on where you live.
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    The best medical alert systems of 2019

    Caring.com
    Some seniors require additional home modifications in order to live comfortably in their homes, especially if they have physical disabilities that reduce their mobility. This resource is for caregivers who are looking for assistive devices to improve accessibility in the home.
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    A Guide to Aging in Place

    Caring.com
    If you are considering aging in place or need help caring for a senior, use this resource to start planning for your loved one’s care. This resource describes different care options, alternate transportation services, smart home technologies and home modifications that can help when caring for a senior.
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    A Guide for the Caregiver

    Government of Manitoba - Health, Seniors and Active Living
    Taking on the role of caregiver for a senior can be a mentally and physically draining task. Use this resource as a guide to help you navigate your new role. Topics covered include counselling services, housing, hospitalization, end of life care, legal matters and other support services.
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    Living at home as you get older

    Better Health Channel
    For some seniors, living at home as long as possible is important for their mental health. Use this resource to learn ways you can maintain independence when it comes to transportation and taking care of yourself.
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    Older people – preventing falls at home

    Better Health Channel
    Falls are very common among seniors and can happen in the house or outside in the garden or sidewalks. In order to reduce your risk of falling, consider getting your eyes checked regularly, wearing comfortable shoes and being physically active to improve your balance. Use this resource to learn what you should do if you fall while alone in your home.
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    How to get up by yourself

    Finding Balance
    Use this resource to learn what you should in case you fall in your house and are alone. The most important thing to keep in mind is to remain calm, assess the situation and use furniture around you to get back up, if possible.
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    Coping with Older Adult Bullying in Senior Living Communities

    Senior Homes
    Bullying is a common problem among senior living communities and this resource describes what this could look like. Learn about ways you can face your bully and coping strategies for victims of adult bullying.
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    Care Options

    Yukon Social Services
    Use this resource to learn more about caregiver responsibilities and how this new role can affect you personally. Being a caregiver goes beyond taking care of the elderly, it also involves supporting their healthcare needs and helping to improve their quality of life.
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    When It's Time to Leave Home

    National Institute on Aging
    Deciding if a parent should move into a long-term care facility is a hard decision as parents are often hesitant to make the move. Use this resource to learn about options for seniors who are seriously ill, need help with care or who are in need of financial aid.
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    Residential Facilities, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes

    National Institute on Aging
    At times, caring for a senior may become too difficult to do on your own and you may need full-time help from long term care services. Learn about the differences between board and care homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and retirement communities.
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    Aging in Place: Making Your Home's Main Entrance Accessible

    Aging Care
    To make your home entrance safer, use suggestions in the resource for ramps, lifts, lighting near your steps and dimensions for the doorway.
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    Making Home Safer For Seniors: A Room-by-Room Assessment

    Aging Care
    Make your home safer for seniors by using specific guidelines for entryways, kitchens, washrooms and laundry rooms. Resource shares costs for making changes to help you plan for your home.
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    6 Ways to Make Your Loved One's Home More Secure

    Aging Care
    To help older adults feel safer at home, make sure burglars do not have access to objects outside the home and secure entryways. Consider talking to neighbours and reporting suspicious behaviour.
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    Tips to Extend Independence of a Senior at Home

    Aging Care
    To help seniors live independently, consider helping them write a list of needs, stocking items, checking in regularly and hiring help.
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    Services That Can Help Seniors Continue to Live Independently

    Aging Care
    Consider services to help seniors live independently such as housekeeping, meal preparations, medication checks and personal care help.
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    Home Modification and Universal Design for Elder-Friendly Living

    Aging Care
    To make your home more accessible, plans your needs and which changes need to be made. To save on costs, make simple changes by yourself, such as adding brighter bulbs or buying a raised toilet seat.
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    Aging In Place: Creating Caring Environments

    Aging Care
    Make homes easier to live in by improving lighting, air quality and changing the home for people who have trouble moving.
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    Benefits of Hiring In-Home Care for an Older Adult

    Aging Care
    Hiring home care staff can help older adults become more independent by completing household tasks, travelling safely and overcoming isolation.
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    When Is it Time to Hire In-Home Care?

    Aging Care
    When considering in-home care, look for changes in physical appearance and cleanliness. To discuss with your relative, use concrete examples, consult with a doctor and mention how it may be helpful.
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    Common Concerns About In-Home Care

    Aging Care
    This resource shares common concerns that older adults have for in-home care such as the fear of being ignored, abused, unable to make choices and afford care.
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    Adapting Your Home When an Elderly Parent is Moving In

    Aging Care
    To help relatives transition to your home, consider purchasing independent living products for entryways, washrooms, and stairways.
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    Helping a Senior Adjust After Moving to Independent Living

    Aging Care
    To help elders adjust to independent living, let them choose their own activities and socialize with other residents. Help them get settled, keep in touch and give them space to adjust themselves.
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    Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

    Aging Care
    This resource talks about differences in house layout, amenities, care services and cost between independent living and assisted living.
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    How to adjust to living alone

    Age UK
    To adapt to living alone, consider ways to cope and socialize with others as well as plan how to care for your home on your own.
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    Homecare: How to find the care you need at home

    Age UK
    Learn how to arrange homecare to meet your needs and pay for the costs in your budget.
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    Top tips for a more comfortable home

    Age UK
    Make changes in the home such as the bathroom, kitchen, and the stairs to make everyday tasks more comfortable.
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    Using Medicaid to Pay for Assisted Living

    Caring.com
    Use this resource to see where Medicaid is accepted as a form of payment for assisted living facilities and learn more about how to overcome issues that may arise in the process.
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    How to Find the Alzheimer's Care Facility That is Right for You

    Caring.com
    Learn what Alzheimer facilities can offer seniors and what you can expect from living in a facility. Use this resource for tips on how to choose the best care facility, ways to pay for services and government benefits that can help offset prices.
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    Caring for Yourself

    A Place For Mom
    Consider a checklist of information to check when visiting older adults who live alone such as household safety, mental status, nutrition and mobility. Review reminders about self-care and learn to create a wellbeing chart.
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    Caregiver Well-Being Chart

    A Place For Mom
    Consider coping with stress by making a chart to track your emotions during high and low points of the day.
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    The Safe Living Guide

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares risk of injury related to aging and describes ways to prevent falls such as modifying your home, using safety aids, monitoring medication and remaining healthy.
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    Maintaining Senior's Independence Through Home Adapations

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Use this guide to plan what changes you may need to make in different parts of the home such as the kitchen, washroom, laundry room and storage areas.
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    Thinking About Aging In Place

    Government of Alberta
    Consider practical advice for aging in your own community such as planning for social support, health needs and financial security.
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    Home & Community Care

    Government of BC
    This resource describes how home, and community care services can support people with chronic and complex health conditions to meet their needs at home. This page provides resources on senior needs and quality of care agencies in British Columbia.
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    Assisted Living

    Government of BC
    This resource shares services offered by assisted living and how to determine if you are eligible to apply. Learn how to arrange for services, browse residences, compares costs and choose specific services within British Columbia.
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    Community Nursing

    Government of BC
    This resource shares services offered by community nursing and how to determine if you are eligible to apply. Learn how to arrange for services, compares costs and choose specific services within British Columbia.
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    Home Support

    Government of BC
    This resource shares services offered by home support and how to determine if you are eligible to apply. Learn how to arrange for services, browse residences, compares costs and choose specific services within British Columbia.
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    Care Options and Costs

    Government of BC
    Consider available care options within British Columbia for seniors such as nursing, rehabilitation, day services, home support, assisted living and long-term care homes. Resource shares links to learn more information on types of living and information on costs.
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    Home Safety Checklist

    Government of BC
    This resource shares practical advice for creating a safer home environment for older adults, family members and guests by making changes to your home.
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    Be Prepared Before You Fall

    Government of BC
    In the case of a fall, consider a checklist such as a personal alarm for medical services, easy to reach telephones and blankets to stay warm.
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    Will you need Home Care or Home Health Care

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Learn about the difference between home care and home health care. Consider the cost of services and your personal needs to choose your care.
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    Putting Down Roots: Steps for Gracefully Aging in Your Own Home

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Consider ways to live safely at home as you age by making changes to your home. Consider changing furniture, installing devices and getting medication reminders.
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    Aging in Place Options Part 2

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Learn about simple ways to make changes to your home based on needs of older adults such as adding ramps, making the kitchen accessible by wheelchair and installing reclining beds.
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    Aging in Place Options Part 1

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Learn about simple ways to make changes to your home based on needs of older adults such as adding ramps, grab bars and shower seats.
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    Is Your Senior Parent Downsizing? Tips to Help Them Through This Emotional Process!

    Elder Care ABC blog
    When your parents are moving to a smaller home, consider going through items carefully and helping your parents emotionally.
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    Financial Planning For the Elderly

    Elder Care ABC blog
    Learn how a financial planner can help you understand your financial decisions and assess your needs and resources.
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    Prevent Falls at Home

    Finding Balance
    Prevent falls by making changes in your home such as adding extra lighting, handrails and removing tripping hazards.
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    A Guide to Safe Living

    ESS Support Services
    Learn about simple steps seniors can take to prevent injuries by making their home safer and watching out for risks. Consider fraud protection, medication, and installing grab bars based on your needs.
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    Healthy Steps: Your guide to falls prevention and home safety

    ESS Support Services
    This resource shares risk of injury related to aging and describes ways to prevent falls such as modifying your home, using safety aids, monitoring medication and remaining healthy.
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    3 Things to Know Before You Trade Down

    Next Avenue
    Consider taking the time to explore housing options, think about your needs and make realistic expectations by talking to facilities.
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    Housing Options - 'To move or not to move' - Lifestyle housing choices

    Catalyst Foundation
    This resource shares things to consider such as elderly loneliness, safety, health and difficulty in caring for their home when deciding to shift housing.
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    Tips for Taking Care of the Elderly in Your Home

    Senior Health 365
    This resource shares tips for helping older adults which include slowing your reactions, making the home safe, giving healthy foods and providing medical care as needed.
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    Handrails Safety Importance for the Elderly

    Senior Health 365
    This resource describes different types of handrails as well as how to install and use them.
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    Top Seven Safety Features for Homecare for Seniors

    Seniority: The Mavencare Blog
    This resource describes important safety features for seniors in homecare such as walkers, railings, lighting fixtures, and alert bracelets.
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    Dos and Don'ts When Choosing a Retirement Home

    The Care Guide: Source for Seniors
    This resource describes how to choose a retirement home and gives tips on things to look out for. For example, staying on budget, informing the home on dietary needs, reading the contract before moving in and other suggestions.
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    Renting and social housing

    Age UK
    Use this resource to answer all your questions about renting and social housing and see attached factsheets.
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    Deciding on Assisted Living: Pros, Cons and Costs

    Caring.com
    This resource considers the benefits and disadvantages of assisted living in terms of cost, personal care, and adjusting to a group lifestyle.
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    What You Can Expect From A Great Assisted Living Community

    Caring.com
    This resource shares good qualities from assisted living communities such as listening to resident issues, promoting a community environment, allowing faith practice and being pet friendly.
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    7 Benefits of Touring Senior Living Communities

    Caring.com
    Consider visiting senior living communities to meet with staff and residents, taste meal options, see activities and ask questions your family may have.
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    Seniors’ Falls Can Be Prevented

    BC injury research and prevention unit
    This detailed research article shares the health and societal impact of falls on older adults in Canada as well as physical, environmental, and social risks for falling. Learn how to decrease risk of falling at home and in the community.
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    Prevent Falls Stay in the Game!

    Vancouver Coastal Health
    Learn how to make lifestyle adjustments to promote health and prevent falls. Discuss regularly with your doctor to learn side effects of medications and personal risks for falling such as blood pressure or eyesight.
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    Understanding and reducing the risk of falling for people with Parkinson’s

    Vancouver Coastal Health
    Learn about risks of falls and practical changes that can reduce risks for people with Parkinson’s. Resource shares strength and balance exercises as well as extensive assistance contacts within British Columbia.
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    Fall Prevention In Community Care

    Interior Health
    Learn about potential hazards within the home and community, personal risk factors and practical actions to improve strength and mobility.
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    Bath Board

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a bath board, making adjustments and safely using during baths.
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    What are the costs associated with living in a retirement home?

    Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)
    Consider the cost of living in a retirement home alongside laws around price increases for rent and caregiving.
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    Long Term Care

    Aging Ahead
    This resource describes different levels of care, services and payment options offered at long term care facilities.
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    Rapid Re-Housing

    Homeless Hub
    Learn what rapid re-housing is and how it helps families and individuals who are not part of traditional housing programs. Rapid re-housing is geared towards those who are experiencing transitional or periodic homelessness.
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    Affordable Housing

    Homeless Hub
    Learn about the state of affordable housing in Canada and the effect of the cancellation of the federal social housing program has had on housing.
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    Housing First

    Homeless Hub
    Use this resource and the supplementary video to learn about the housing first program that aims to give homeless individuals a place to live then follows up with additional supports and services as needed.
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    Transitional Housing

    Homeless Hub
    Use this resource to learn more about transitional housing programs and why the temporary nature of this accommodation can be extremely beneficial to the homeless community.
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    Permanent Supportive/ Supported Housing

    Homeless Hub
    Use this resource to learn more about permanent supportive housing programs and when this type of program is appropriate. See attached further readings for more information.
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    Cost analysis of homelessness

    Homeless Hub
    Read the recent cost analysis of homelessness in Canada and use this resource to understand the impact this problem has on our society.
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    Income Supports

    Homeless Hub
    Learn more about social and financial programs that are offered for the homeless in order to help them maintain access to a reliable income.
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    Poverty

    Homeless Hub
    Use this resource to learn more about poverty and how it can change every aspect of someone's life. Also learn about the factors that increase poverty in Canada and why a solution is not so easy to implement.
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    ARCHIVED: Section IV: Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities – Checklist of Age-Friendly Features

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    This resource shares a list of features to make communities more age-friendly. Consider changing outdoor spaces, transport, housing and community services to help the elderly.
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    Bruno and Alice—A love story in twelve parts about seniors and safety

    Public Health Agency of Canada (aging & seniors)
    Learn about simple steps seniors can take to prevent injuries by making their home safer and watching out for risks. Resource shares a story to demonstrate common risks and adjustments.
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    Fall Prevention

    New Brunswick Social Development
    This resource concisely shares specific strategies to adjust home and lifestyle to limit risks of falling.
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    Home renovations

    Canadian Consumer Handbook
    This resource describes the process of renovating your home in a safe and cost-effective way. Consider getting a municipal permit, consulting an architect, and talking to many contractors.
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    Buying a home

    Canadian Consumer Handbook
    When buying a home, consider your personal needs, finances and purchasing options. Consult with mortgage brokers, home inspectors and many sellers to make the most appropriate decisions.
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    Budgeting during retirement

    Health Canada
    Learn to make a budget for retirement. Consider personal needs such as travel, housing and healthcare. Resources on tracking budgets and estimating income included.
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    Housing options for seniors

    Health Canada
    Learn about housing options for seniors, average cost of housing programs and budgeting to your needs. This resource links to programs across provinces in Canada.
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    Selling a home

    Health Canada
    Learn about the costs of selling your home and setting a price by yourself or with a realtor. This resource shares legal document and tax-related information about selling homes.
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    Is your home healthy?

    Health Canada
    Improve safe living for seniors by lowering risk factors such as household chemicals, temperature and food products. This resource shares sources with more information.
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    You CAN Prevent Falls!

    Health Canada
    Learn how to prevent falls by eating healthy, staying fit, and using safety aids. Use home modifications and actions to take if you fall.
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    Age-Friendly Communities

    Health Canada
    Learn what an age-friendly community is, how Canadian communities can be more age-friendly and steps provinces are taking. This resource shares research information on age-friendly communities.
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    What every older Canadian should know about: Planning for their future housing needs

    Health Canada
    Plan for future housing by reviewing housing options and costs for services you need. Contains tips for picking location and resources to find local information.
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    Thinking about aging in place

    Health Canada
    Plan to live in your community by making changes to your home. Consider moving to a community with social support, services, transport and other aging-related needs.
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    Seniors and Aging - Preventing Falls in and around your home

    Health Canada
    This resource shares medical, and environmental factors that can increase the risk of falling and describes how to minimize these risks through all parts of the home. Contact Public Health Canada for more information.
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    Bath Transfer Bench

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a bath transfer bench, making adjustments and safely using during baths.
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    Bath/Shower Chair (and Stool)

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a bath/shower chair or stool, making adjustments and safely using during baths.
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    Bathtub Grab Bar

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a bathtub grab bar, making adjustments and safely using during baths.
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    Bed Assist (Bed Handle)

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a bedside assistance bar, making adjustments and safely using to reposition self onto the bed.
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    Commode: Stationary and Wheeled

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares step-by-step guideline for installing a commode, making adjustments and safely using during personal use.
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    Floor to Ceiling Pole

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares a guideline for utilizing a floor to ceiling pole for standing and transfer assistance. Consult with your doctor and have pole installed by technician for safe use.
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    Overbed Table

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares instructions for utilizing an overbed table for eating, reading and writing in bed.
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    Raised Toilet Seat

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares instructions for installing a raised toilet seat, adjusting heights and using seat safely.
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    Toilet Safety Frame

    Canadian Red Cross
    This resource shares instructions for installing a toilet safety frame, adjusting heights and using the frame safely.
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    Preventing Falls in Older Adults

    Active Aging Canada
    Learn about risks and consequences of falling, and practical ways to adapt to your environment.
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    Evictions Planning and Prevention

    Homeless Hub
    This resource defines homelessness as a combination of low income, unstable housing, and lack of health as well as social supports. Learn about issues homeless individuals face and it’s impact on society.
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    NIMBY (Not In My Backyard)

    Homeless Hub
    This resource discusses how residents of neighbourhoods do not want affordable housing development in their area because they fear there will be increased violence and crime.
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    Disability lens evaluation of four provincial poverty reduction strategies: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia

    Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
    Persons with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed and in poverty than their healthier counterparts. Read this resource for information on poverty reduction strategies for Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia.
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    Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: First Report of Canada

    Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
    This resource explains the what the government is doing to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Use the table of contents to find the laws, policies and program created to protect these rights in each Canadian province and territory.
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    Retirement Home Costs in Canada

    SeniorsZen
    Access this resource to learn about the different costs of retirement homes in different provinces, with Ontario having the highest cost and New Brunswick having the lowest.
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    Top 10 Reasons Why Move to a Retirement Home

    SeniorsZen
    If you are thinking of moving into a retirement home, access this resource for the top 10 reasons why other seniors move.
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    Federal and Provincial Benefits for Seniors in Alberta

    SeniorsZen
    As a senior Canadian living in Alberta, you are entitled to government funds depending on your residency and income. Access this resource to see which allowance programs you may qualify for.
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    How ageism is robbing seniors of their independence

    SeniorsZen
    This blog post explains ageism – the tendency to treat people differently because of their age. Read this interview with Hazel McCallion, former mayor of Mississauga, to learn about your own biases.
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    Is ageism getting worse?

    SeniorsZen
    An examination of ageism against seniors, the range of negative attitudes toward seniors and whether it is a growing problem.
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    The Time to Move to an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility: how to make it a smooth transition

    SeniorsZen
    Learn about the story of High view Residence, a top tier retirement home and what it entails, in this resource.
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    Caregiver burden: what to do when a loved one has dementia

    SeniorsZen
    Dementia can affect anybody at old age. Access this resource for information and guidance on what to do when a loved one has dementia.
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    Summer is here, enjoy in moderation

    SeniorsZen
    As Summer approaches and temperatures increase, follow these seven steps to stay safe in the heat.
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    The Right Time for a Retirement Home: 3 real-life stories

    SeniorsZen
    Is it time for you to move into a retirement home? This resource highlights three stories from senior citizens and their transition into a retirement home.
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    Senior's centres

    Government of Ontario
    If you are a person aged 50 years or older and are seeking recreational and social programs, access this resource for information on how to find one that is right for you.
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    Seniors: find a place to live

    Government of Ontario
    Different housing options for seniors include: long-term care and retirement homes. There are other options like adult lifestyle communities and co-operative housing. Older adults can also participate in programs run in senior active living centres, as well as volunteering and community engagement.
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    Find a retirement home

    Government of Ontario
    Retirement homes are privately owned and rent private accommodation to seniors who can live with little or no outside help. They do not provide 24-hour nursing care. Start by arranging for homes by contacting: Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority or your Local Health Integration Network.
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    Get help paying for long-term care

    Government of Ontario
    The Long-Term Care Home Rate Reduction Program helps low-income, long-term-care home residents pay for basic accommodation.
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    Long-term care Overview

    Government of Ontario
    Long-term care homes are places where adults can live and receive help with daily activities and access to 24-hour nursing and personal care. The costs and services are the same for all government-funded homes. To get started and to see if you’re eligible, call your Local Health Integration Network.
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    Long-term care home complaint process

    Government of Ontario
    Make either an urgent or non-urgent complaint to your long-term care home when you feel dissatisfied with the care you are receiving. You can make a complaint to the Ministry, your long-term care home itself or the Patient Ombudsman.
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    Home and community care

    Government of Ontario
    Home and community care help support people who require special care. There are different kinds of care, classes and services depending on your needs. Arrange for home care by first calling your local health integration network to see if you qualify for government-funded services.
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    Find an elderly persons centre near you

    Government of Ontario
    This resource is an interactive map where you can find a senior's active living centre near you.
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    Tougher EB-5 norms may negatively impact senior housing projects

    Immigration.ca
    The EB-5 program aims to boost economic growth and job creation through inflow of foreign direct investment into the rural parts of the country. The introduction of new rules may influence real estate developers and their senior housing projects.
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    Cheapest and Most Expensive States for Assisted Living: 2017 Update

    After 55 living blog
    If you live in the USA, assisted living costs vary greatly between states. It is most expensive to live in Delaware, and least expensive to live in Missouri. Use this resource to find the monthly and yearly assisted living costs in all 50 states.
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    Leave my house… but to go where?

    As the level of autonomy and needs evolve, it may become more challenging to meet the care needs of older adults at home. If you think you might have to explore other housing arrangements, but are still active and independent, what are your options?
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    Making informed housing decisions during a pandemic

    In recent weeks, we have seen several retirement homes and long-term care facilities being overrun by COVID-19 outbreaks. This situation can raise a lot of concerns and questions among older adults, their families and their caregivers regarding the most appropriate and safe place to live during the pandemic. How could we support them in making these complex decisions?
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    Create your community: Co-housing projects to support healthy aging

    “Co-housing” is a housing option for older adults aimed at helping them maintain their independence, ensure their security, and maintain an active social and community life. Learn more about co-housing to know if this model resonates with your values and can meet your needs.
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    Managed alcohol programs: Helping chronic alcoholics with regular doses of alcohol

    The harmful use of alcohol resulted in approximately three million deaths worldwide in 2016. Managed alcohol programs are a promising harm-reduction approach for people living with severe alcohol dependence who often experience homelessness or housing instability.
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    A safe place: Fostering older adults’ sense of security

    Fear of crime is associated with negative effects on health and well-being, regardless of age. This fear can be amplified among older adults who are vulnerable, frail, socially isolated, and who no longer benefit from the same family and community support. Discover what the research tells us about strategies to reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime in your community.
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    A socially acceptable gentrification: is it possible?

    Gentrification can exacerbate health problems among vulnerable groups, such as older adults, by limiting their access to needed services, affecting their social networks, and increasing their level of stress. Is it possible to control the negative impacts of gentrification and make it socially acceptable?
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    Gentrification: When neighbourhoods change, lives change

    Sometimes central and disadvantaged neighbourhoods experience major changes, referred to as gentrification. Neighbourhood gentrification can have a significant impact on older adults who often have low and fixed incomes.
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    Adapting your home to age in place

    Home modifications make it possible for older adults to stay at home for as long as possible, in a secure and autonomous way.
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    More connected than ever!

    'Ambient intelligence' technologies and social networks are promising ways to foster interactions and prevent some aging-related problems.
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    Delivering home-care services: empathy and respect needed

    The aging population is expected to generate growing demands for high-quality home-care services. There is a need for flexible policies, procedures and guidelines on the delivery of home-care services to allow older adults to have a say about their needs and how to meet them
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