BC Seniors’ Guide, updated

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 63, No. 7, September 2021, Pages 279-280 News

The updated BC Seniors’ Guide provides information on health, housing, finances, community supports, and more to help seniors continue living well. Print copies of the enhanced 12th edition are available in English, Chinese, French, Punjabi, Farsi, Korean, and Vietnamese. All languages can be accessed online in PDF format. The English version is online in an e-book format.

The guide includes information on programs such as:

  • Fair PharmaCare.
  • Medical Services Plan.
  • The Home Adaptations for Independence program, which provides financial assistance for low-income seniors to modify their homes.
  • Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters, which helps make rents affordable for low- to moderate-income seniors.
  • The BC Senior’s Supplement, which offers a provincial top-up to the federal Old Age Security/Guaranteed Income Supplement payment.
  • The Travel Assistance program, which offers discounts for travel within the province for medical specialists’ services not available in local communities.
  • The BC Bus Pass program, which offers subsidized bus passes to low-income seniors.

The 12th edition includes sections on digital literacy, cultural safety, LGBTQ2S+ supports, and medical assistance in dying. The guide directs individuals to the BC Centre for Disease Control for information on COVID-19.

To access the BC Seniors’ Guide in all seven languages, visit www.gov.bc.ca/seniorsguide. To order free print copies, call (toll-free) 1 877 952-3181.

. BC Seniors’ Guide, updated. BCMJ, Vol. 63, No. 7, September, 2021, Page(s) 279-280 - News.

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