Kim, do you have social agencies in Canada that assist those without means to obtain needed healthcare services? Here in USA, there are some funded by govt grants & others funded by church’s and various charities.
I don’t know all the programs here in Canada. I have to look into it. We have basic health care that’s covered for doctors, dentists, optical and prescriptions but not for physio and chiropractic and not for all the supplies I just bought for her. I’m looking into a disability tax credit for her but I think that only reduces taxes and she doesn’t pay taxes in her income bracket. I know that low income people can apply for cheap transit and rec passes which we have gotten. There is also affordable housing programs but there are long wait lists for that and some don’t allow pets and we have cats. Seniors can also apply to get help with handyman costs for fixing things in the house, shoveling and such but I haven’t heard if they can get help with cooking, cleaning, errands and things which are more what we need help with. I have taken over all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, driving her to and from appointments, helping her in and out of the shower, etc. It’s a good thing I don’t work a regular job so I have time to do those things but I have scoliosis in my back and when she holds onto me or I help lift her up sometimes it can hurt my back, neck or hips. I go to the chiropractor once in a while but it gets expensive. We did talk to the church and reported the incident when it happened and then didn’t talk to them again until a few months later when we realized she wasn’t getting better. They said they could maybe help with physio costs but this isn’t just going to go away with physio. This has affected her life so much that she needs more compensation than that. This church doesn’t seem to offer people much more than one free dinner a month and some free courses.