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Seniors & Elders

Kingston has a growing population of senior citizens and retired people, many of whom chose to settle here in their later years. To help older individuals live as independently as possible, the community has programs and services that provide assistance with errands, transportation, cooking, cleaning, home repairs, income tax preparation and other day-to-day tasks. Older people also have access to programs that help with the purchase of special beds and safety equipment.

Care Options

Seniors who are no longer able to live at home can choose from a number of housing options that provide different types of services:

  • Retirement Homes and Residential Care: These are privately owned homes that offer a variety of accommodation and services for physically mobile individuals. Some homes may provide nursing care and help with laundry, dressing and washing. Tenants must pay a monthly rent to live in a retirement home. Subsidized or rent-geared-to-income units may be available.
  • Long-Term Care Homes: Also called nursing homes and municipal homes for the aged, these facilities are designed for individuals who require nursing care and supervision. Meals are provided in a central dining area and rooms are usually furnished. Referral to long-term care facilities is through the South East Community Care Access Centre (see For More Information links below). Tenants in long-term care pay monthly fees.

Short stays of up to 90 days in long-term care homes are also available to people who may be recovering from an illness or need temporary housing assistance.

The City of Kingston operates Rideaucrest Home, a long-term care facility about five minutes by car from the downtown. Admission to Rideaucrest is through the South East Community Care Access Centre.

Senior/Elder Activities

Older residents of Kingston have access to clubs, choirs, seminars, workshops, fitness classes and other activities designed to keep them healthy, physically mobile and involved in the community. See the Activities & Sports, Seniors section.

For More Information

Renew a G driver’s licence: 80 years and over
A step-by-step guide to renewing an Ontario’s driver’s licence after the age of 80. Includes information about vision tests, written tests, road tests, group education sessions and other requirements. There is also a link to a downloadable guide of suggested programs for older drivers.

Aging at Home Strategy
Information about a government-funded program that provides home care and support services to help seniors stay in their own homes.

Long-term Care
Information about accommodation options for seniors who are no longer able to live at home. Includes information about eligibility and admission to long-term care homes, how to choose a home and a directory of long-term care facilities.

Elder Care Guide — Housing Options for Seniors
A list of long-term care facilities, retirement homes and residential accommodations available in the Kingston area. Also includes a list of community organizations and resources that assist senior citizens living at home. Services include transportation, homemaking, foot care, meal programs, help with errands, home maintenance and library services.

Where can I find health services for seniors?
Information about the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, Community Care Access Centres, sports and recreation activities and other programs and services for seniors in Ontario.

Rideaucrest Home
Details on the City of Kingston’s non-profit long-term care facility. Includes a list of Questions/Answers.

Support for senior citizens
Information about the Old Age Security Pension monthly benefit for seniors and the Canada Pension Plan. Includes links to other senior-related topics.

Recreation Activities and Programs
General information on programs and activities offered by the City of Kingston for people of all ages. Includes a link to the registered programs, where you sign-up and pay for a series of sessions in advance. There is also a list of drop-in options, where you can participate on a per-class basis.

Adapted Programs — For Developmental Disabilities or Rehabilitation Needs
Social, leisure and recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental challenges. Also programs for those with special rehabilitation needs (such as cardiac patients). Activities include bowling, gym, swimming, billiards, dancing, yoga and sporting events.

Home, Community, and Residential Care Services for Seniors
Information on the types of services available to Ontario seniors, including what your options are, things you need to consider; details on home care, residential care, and arranging for care; finding care providers; and special care programs.

Services for Seniors: Who do I contact?
Provincial site with information on how to contact a Community Care Access Centre and the services they provide. Also includes a link to a CCAC locator(Kingston is area #10 — South East).

Recreation & Leisure Guide
Bi-annual (spring and fall) magazine filled with all the activities and programs offered by the City in print format. Includes information on facilities; booking; parks, trails, & gardens; and events, as well as arts, fitness, and recreation programs for all age groups and the whole family. Is available on the right-hand side of the page in PDF format.

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit (Ontario)
Information about a permanent refundable Ontario tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home modifications that improve accessibility or help a senior be more functional or mobile at home. It can also be claimed by senior homeowners and tenants, and people who share a home with a senior relative.

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