Thursday November 27, 2014

Senior programs being enhanced


Saskatchewan seniors with low incomes will soon see increases to the benefits they receive through two programs: the Personal Care Home Benefit and Seniors Income Plan. These increases come into effect on July 1, 2014.

Increases to the Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB) will help approximately 800 Saskatchewan seniors with the costs of living in a licensed personal care home.

The maximum monthly income for inclusion in the program or “threshold” will increase by $75, from $1,875 to $1,950, on July 1.

Those eligible for the program receive a monthly supplement that provides the difference between their monthly income and the maximum monthly income amount.  

This is the second increase to the threshold since the program’s implementation in July 2012. The Government of Saskatchewan has committed to increasing the monthly threshold again in 2015.

“Government is fulfilling its commitment to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan seniors with low income, as outlined in the Seniors Affordability Plan,” Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said.  “This increase will make it more affordable for seniors who reside in a private personal care home, and do not qualify for subsidized long-term care.”

In addition, approximately 15,000 senior citizens who require financial assistance under the Seniors Income Plan (SIP) will also receive an increase to their benefits.  Maximum monthly benefits will increase from $250 to $260 for single individuals and from $215 to $225 for each member of a couple household.  Since 2007, government has nearly tripled the maximum benefits under the SIP program from $90 to $260 for singles and from $72.50 to $225 for each member of a couple household.

“Our government is proud to provide financial assistance to help Saskatchewan seniors meet their basic needs,” Harpauer said. “In addition to the income support, seniors receiving SIP also receive additional health benefits that help improve quality of life.”



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