Program, which provides basic dentalcoverage up to $5,000 every five years.
• The Optical Assistance for SeniorsProgram, which provides up to $230for prescription eyeglasses everythree years. Eye examinations arealso covered if received in Alberta.Optometry benefits are limited to onecomplete exam, one partial examand one diagnostic procedure perbenefit year.
Seniors and their dependents gethearing aids through the Alberta Aids toDaily Living program.
When caregivers need care
Caregivers are parents, children, siblings,spouses, friends and neighbours wholook after someone’s healthcare anddaily living needs. Together, they forman important part of our healthcaresystem.
The time and energy family andfriends devote to caring for loved onescan be physically, emotionally andfinancially taxing. Alberta’s caregivershave lots of places they can turn to for abreak or an extra set of hands.
Alberta Health Services home-careprograms bring expert services right toyour home.
“We provide not just respite, but
come into the home to provide direct
care,” says Deb Trumbley, a director
with AHS’s Home Care Development.
“Healthcare aides provide assistance
with bathing and dressing throughout
the day; licensed practical nurses provide
medical care as required and can assist
with procedures such as simple wound
care; and RNs provide more complex
medical care, including IV support.”
When caregivers need rest, they can
use respite beds in continuing care
facilities across the province for up to
six weeks every year. Caregivers can see
therapists and specialists and take a step
back from their responsibilities.
Caregivers also pool their knowledge
and connect with each other through
community organizations such as
Caregivers Alberta ( caregiversalberta.ca),
which has a network of contacts from
Lethbridge to Fort McMurray.
The group offers a variety of
programs, including COMPASS. Led by
an experienced caregiver, this workshop
helps people learn to manage their
stress and use tools to navigate the
To learn more:
• Call the caregiver adviser toll-free at1-877-453-5088
• Call Health Link at 811
• Talk to your family doctor.
The National Seniors Strategy forCanadians says a lack of funding andfinancial assistance is one of the biggestchallenges facing Canadian caregivers.Caregivers can receive financial aidthrough these federal governmentprograms:
• Employment Insurance’scompassionate care benefits programhelps family members for up to sixweeks while they take time away fromwork as a caregiver. Visit canada.caand search for: compassionate carebenefits.
• The family caregiver amount taxexemption is available when you fileyour income tax. For details, visit