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Date updated: November 9, 2018

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We hear from seniors all the time looking for information that will help them stay in their home or move. The resources in this section can help you.



Housing Catalyst Fund -City of St. John’s – application deadline Friday, Nov. 30th see Events

Municipalities offering tax breaks for seniors who own their own homes.

The municipalities are listed in alphabetical order. (Select Heading to access list).

Please note: not every town and city is listed and not every town and city provides discounts. If where you live is not listed, please contact your local council office and ask if they do offer tax breaks.

Links to Resources and Information (listed in alphabetical order):

Accessible Parking Permit Program,  Motor Registration Division, Service Canada The accessible parking permit allows eligible permit holders to park in specially designated parking spots. These parking spots are identified by the blue international wheelchair logo both on a sign and in the parking area. To obtain a parking permit you must have the Accessible Parking Permit Application completed by a physician or nurse practitioner (link to application on the website provided). The application is also available from any Motor Registration Office across the province. Processing of an Accessible Parking Permit is available in person, by mail or fax at the following offices: Corner Brook, Grand Falls Windsor or Mount Pearl.
Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television and radio. The Alert Ready system is developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment and Climate Change Canada, The Weather Network and the broadcasting industry and wireless service providers, to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe. Alerts can now be sent to compatible call phones. If you hear a specific Alert Tone on television, radio or your wireless device,  they ask that you please pay attention and take action right away.
ASHRA individuals and groups were involved in the research project, "Projecting the Housing Needs of Aging Atlantic Canadians".  Members include: individual seniors, seniors organizations, other community-based organizations, service providers,  government departments, academic researchers, and [housing] planners, builders, and developers.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) has general information on what an OT does, specific information on topics such as "Safe driving tips for older adults drivers", features a "Find an OT" search engine (by location), and CAOT product Recognition on devices that may help seniors stay in their home (stair lifts or  handrails).
This page describes how to use the booklet, "Checklist: Thinking about your future? Plan now to Age in Place".  There is also a direct link to the Checklist booklet PDF.
Connections for Seniors, a non-profit agency in St. John's, provides a temporary shelter and supportive services to seniors facing homelessness or in crisis. They have rooms (shelter) and supports for older men, older women, or older couples 55 years of age and older. The emergency accommodations (Kavanagh Place) and office is centrally located on a quiet street. They have 4 rooms (beds) upstairs with televisions. One room could work for a couple. There are two bathrooms (one downstairs), a living room, and a large kitchen. There is on-site laundry, as well as access to telephone and internet. There is a large courtyard in the back. Meals are included. The location is not physically accessible. Seniors-specific support is available. They help seniors navigate complex systems linked to health, housing, legal, and financial matters.  They provide transportation related to health and housing needs. And they will pick up clients from their desired location within the St. John's Metro area. They also offer acute, crisis-based counselling support as well as nursing services. They take referrals from other agencies, especially AESL (Advanced Education Skills, and Labour). They will accept calls regarding a homeless senior. Please Contact: Mohamed Abdallah at,  at 699-8099  or Amanda Devlin, Program Manager, at 699-2858.  
Consumer Advisories and Alerts webpage that provides a consolidation of information for consumers interested in bad business practices, public advisories, consumer alerts and consumer product recalls. The updated webpage is easy to navigate, giving consumers’ quick access to information to help them make informed choices and protect their health. The webpage will be reviewed and updated regularly to provide additional information and to ensure consumers have access to the most current notifications. This provincial government initiative enhances consumer protection.
Seniors' cottages or seniors' independent living apartments run by Eastern Health and their affiliates.
Talks about how Aging in Place planning will better prepare seniors to respond to changes as they age so they can live the life they want in the future.
Questions often asked by people who are thinking of moving into a Long Term Care Facility (Nursing Home) or Personal Care Homes (owned by private businesses). Nursing homes generally provide higher level of nursing and personal care to residents  
Created by Public Safety Canada, this site offers practical advice on how to prepare your home or workplace for potential emergency situations such as earthquakes, storms or other disasters. Get Prepared includes a downloadable emergency preparedness guide. There are English and French versions of the site
Home Again Furniture Bank aims to end furniture poverty on the northeast Avalon.  They collect donations of gently-used furniture and housewares to redistribute to those referred to them. Thanks to donors, more than 660 households now have the comfort and dignity of a well-furnished home. There are more than 125 households waiting for furniture. Your donation of gently-used furniture could change a life. Contact: or 709-325-4040
IS YOUR HOME HEALTHY:  Easy Steps to Maintaining a Healthy Home -  Environmental health guide for seniors at home
Seniors often call asking for information that will help them stay in their home or move. The government of NL funds the Regional Health Authorities to subsidize a variety of options available to eligible seniors. These residential options include: Long-Term Care [Nursing Home] Facilities and Personal Care Homes
This NLHC web page provides you with links to the following Programs: - Rental Housing Program - First Time Home-Buyers Program (FHP) - Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) - Home Modification Program (HMP) - Provincial Home Repair Program (PHRP) -Emergency Housing -call: 1-833-724-2444     This is a provincial, 24-hour number. For a senior who is homeless or in immediate danger of being homeless (eg. out on the street the next day).   NOTES: 1.HESP replaced the Residential Energy Efficiency Program (REEP) 2.The First Time Home-Buyers Program (FHP) replaced NLHC's pilot project - Down Payment Assistance Program (DAP) in March 2018. 3.The First-time Homebuyer’s Program is currently closed. The FHP has reached its capacity for the 2018 budget year. 4.NLHC is no longer accepting applications for the Home Modification Program as funding has been fully committed for this fiscal year.
CRITICAL CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION PROGRAM Hydro’s Critical Customer Notification Program helps identify customers that provide essential services (i.e. hospitals) and also individuals who use electrically operated life-supporting equipment in their home. In advance of planned power outages, NL Hydro will make every effort to contact customers on the Critical Care Notification list, so that they are informed and prepared.  
Stay Informed with Outage Alerts Newfoundland Power will send Texts and/or emails directly to you when an outage is affecting your neighbourhood. This is in addition to our other forms of outage communications such as website and telephone. It’s Easy To Sign Up Phone: Sign up for text alerts Online: Log into your Newfoundland Power My Account to sign up for text and/or email Outage Alerts. NOTE: If you do not have a My Account login, you can create one using your account number and meter number.
The Office of the Seniors' Advocate is an independent office of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Advocate will seek input from seniors in NL. They wil  then determine where seniors believe gaps exist in legislation, policies, programs and services.  Comphrehensive  reviews of gaps (systemic)  will generate recommendations as to how to address those gaps.
The Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors (PACAS) is a volunteer council of thirteen individuals from throughout the province. PACAS advises and informs the Provincial Government on issues, concerns, and requirements of older adults. The Council ensures that the Provincial Government considers the perspective of older adults when developing current and future policies for service delivery. Council provides a strong voice for seniors in the development of programs and services that support independence and well-being. Email:
Find a Service Canada Office will help you find services close to your home. Search by Postal code, City, or Browse by Province  or Territory.  
Take Charge NL : Rebates to help you save money and reduce energy. The rebates are on certain energy efficient models only. Tips, products and rebates on appliances, electronics,  heat pumps, thermostats, insulation,  shower heads, lighting, and on home energy evaluations.  
Thingamajiggers Restaurant offers affordable, home-style food delivered to seniors. This Meals-On-Wheels style program  delivers meals to the senior's door (free delivery).   Seniors can sign up for one meal a day, 5 days a week or  one meal a day, 1 day a week. The cost of the meal is $8 (no dessert provided) with two choices to choose from.  Call  709-651-6000 for information.
Aging in place means having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able.
There are shelters for abused women and their children in this province.  These shelters have an emergency crisis line and helpful staff. The Transition Housing Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (THANL) website provides 1-800 crisis numbers, local phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for local shelters in NL.  
Plan your future: aging in place. This short video talks about the importance of home and neighbourhood. Video transcript is included.    
This short video talks about the importance of reaching out to family, friends, and neighbours.  Keeping contacts with supports of all ages is needed when  planning to age in place. Video transcript is included.            

This short video talks about the supports and services you may need to stay in your home and community.  Video transcript is included.

This short video answers the question “What is aging in place?”. Video transcript is included.
Seniors' cottages or seniors' independent living apartments run by Western Health.

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