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Health and safety

Health and Safety for Seniors


Health at Home

The Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) helps seniors get the services and equipment they need to stay in their own home. The CCAC also helps seniors apply to live in a long term care home or a retirement home. Adult day programs are another community based service that enables seniors to remain active and stay living in the community. These services can also be accessed through the CCAC.


Hospitals and Urgent Care

When you are sick you, you should go to your doctor if it is not an emergency. If you have an emergency you should go to the hospital. Urgent Care clinics are open to the pubic and treat urgent medical matters. There are many hospitals and urgent care clinics in Durham region. Always bring your Ontario Health Card.  There is often a fee to park your car. For more on health services in Durham, visit the health and wellness pages of this Portal.  


Mental Health

Seniors, like the rest of the population, may have mental health needs.  There is nothing to be embarrassed about if you or a family member need to reach out for help. There are a number of services in the community that help people with their emotional and mental well being.  For more on mental health services in Durham, visit the mental health page of this Portal.

Physical Activity

There are so many great benefits to being physically active such as:

  • having more energy to tackle your day
  • helping to relieve stress
  • helping you feel more confident
  • maintaining a healthy weight  

Staying Safe


Abuse Prevention

Seniors in Durham have the right to live safely with dignity and respect.  Elder Abuse is a single or repeated acts, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. If you need to talk to someone about abuse the  Senior Safety Line is available 24 hours a day,  7 days a week and in 150 languages. If it is an emergency, call 911.


Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimer Society helps people who are experiencing dementia and provides support to their care givers. There is a lot of information available that can help the entire family.


Fraud Prevention

Seniors are at an increased risk of being victims of fraud. There are different types of fraud that result in your money being stolen. Sometimes seniors accidently sign contracts for service they don’t need or want. There are ways to protect yourself and your home from fraud. A Power of Attorney is an important document enabling you to appoint a representative to make property or personal care decisions for you if you are not able to.

Click the link to the right and learn more.


Pensions and Benefits

There are many different financial benefits you may be entitled to as a senior.  Benefits can include pension income, Old Age Security or free prescription drugs. Contact Service Canada for more information/


Personal Safety

It is important for seniors to live safely and reduce the risks around them.  Personal safety can include adding railings, bathroom modifications and other tools to reduce tripping hazards. Personal safety for seniors includes thinking about where and when to drive. There are many helpful tips and things to do to live safely in your home. Click the links on the right to learn more.



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