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Useful Public Services for the Elderly in Toronto

Useful Public Services for the Elderly in Toronto

There are several services throughout the GTA that make day-to-day life easier and more manageable for seniors.

We are lucky to live in one of the most habitable and sustainable cities in the world. Living in Toronto means having access to services and programs that make life more convenient for us as we age.

The City of Toronto actually provides a directory detailing all of the different municipal services available for seniors. These services include assistance with healthcare, community activities, transportation, financial assistance, things to do, and food.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at two of these services.

 Public Services for the Elderly in Toronto: Wheel Trans

Wheel Trans is a service designed to accommodate travelers with various different needs. For people with restricted mobility who find it difficult to get around on their own, Wheel Trans can be a very useful option. Wheel Trans’ buses have a similar look to regular TTC buses, but are smaller and they make longer stops to help people on who need assistance. The fare for Wheel Trans is the same as the regular TTC, but Wheel Trans will transport individuals with limited mobility to their exact destination right from their own front door.

In order to qualify for Wheel Trans services, you must set up an interview with their customer service department to see if you meet the requirements. You also have the option to fill out an online application.

All the information you need to get started can be found HERE.

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Public Services for the Elderly in Toronto: Meals on Wheels

Another great service the city of Toronto has to offer seniors is Meals on Wheels. This service is beneficial for seniors in many different situations. If your loved one is struggling with mobility issues, it can be very strenuous for them to prepare their own meals. Being less mobile makes it difficult to go grocery shopping, transport the food, and then actually prepare the meal. Meals on Wheels takes care of all those concerns.

But is it affordable? The Meals on Wheels service is operated by very dedicated volunteers to keep costs down while providing an incredibly valuable service.

Who is eligible for Meals on Wheels?

This service is available for anyone that has trouble shopping and cooking for themselves. It is available for:

  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • People recovering from surgery or other injuries
  • Caregivers

No one in need is turned away and there are no waiting lists.

You can determine the frequency of Meals on Wheels deliveries, based on your individual needs. For example, you could have Meals on Wheels delivered to your home everyday on an ongoing basis, or you could have it delivered for just a few days when you know you will need it.

Visit the Meals on Wheels website for more details.

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