September 29, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Manitoba seniors acquiring support for renovations that make it feasible to stay in own houses

Some Manitoba seniors who want to age in their houses will now have accessibility to funding to make that attainable, the province stated Thursday.

The Manitoba government is developing a grant software to support home modifications that will allow for them to continue to be in their individual properties more time. Those people jobs could include installing ramps, widened doorways, curbless showers and enhanced lights, Seniors Minister Scott Johnston mentioned at a Thursday information convention.

“We recognize we have an getting older society, and consequently these initiatives are there to assist,” Johnston mentioned.

The assist will only be offered to households with a person in excess of the age of 65 and an yearly domestic income of no more than $60,000. The application will get an once-a-year spending plan of $1.5 million. 

Marnie Braveness, an occupational therapist for more than 20 yrs, has observed 1st-hand the affect on seniors when their properties are not obtainable.

“I’ve met people today who’ve had to move because they have experienced a transform in mobility that had required a wheelchair [or] a walker, and their residence was not set up for accessibility,” explained Bravery, who is the CEO of  Enabling Obtain, a enterprise that provides occupational remedy products and services.

“I know other folks who have gone months, some yrs, with no being ready to bathe in their bathtub since they are unable to get in safely and securely.”

Braveness said the house modifications supported by the provincial federal government will be in a position to deal with some of all those issues.

$1.5M supportive housing plan improve

Johnston wouldn’t estimate how many seniors could reward annually from the grant. He claimed the province is issuing a ask for for proposals on Thursday to uncover an organization to administer the program. 

Some other provinces presently have a grant system to aid home renovations for seniors attempting to age in their personal residences.

The province also pledged an further $1.5 million in funding on Thursday for its supportive housing plan, which has about 750 units in Manitoba.

That “housing with care” model gives inhabitants in community-primarily based congregate configurations with access to supports that include meals, laundry, mild housekeeping and personal help expert services, the province suggests.

Less than the new funding, facility operators will acquire an enhance to the day by day total they obtain for each resident — currently $42 per working day, and increasing to $50 for each day.

Julie Turenne-Maynard, executive director of the Manitoba Affiliation of Residential and Local community Care Homes for the Aged, claimed the higher per diem rate will “definitely aid them establish a better foundation to continue to operate.”