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Remembrance Day, time to reflect and act.

This Remembrance Day take some time to reflect the freedom you experience each day. This freedom did not come without sacrifice. When you meet a Veteran please take a minute to express your gratitude.

“Thank You!”

Our veterans have been actively fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. Because of their efforts, drive and determination we as a nation live in peace and safety. Together with our Veterans and others in Generations ahead of us, we now can move around Remembrance Day Hounour our Veteransfreely by car to plane. We have infrastructure to provide for our daily basic needs, heat, clean drinking water and electricity. We have access to medical care and enjoy high quality education; Roads and bridges to get us where we need to go.

We often take all of this for granted, but the freedom and comfort we enjoy now is hard fought and worked for by the generation we often overlook or forget. I’d like dedicate this article as a form of gratitude to the veterans and generations ahead of us who worked hard, persevered and found a way to make this world a better place.

We need to look after the generations ahead of us in our society in an honorable way. Our government should not forget about the generation that worked for what we have now, nor should we. Take some time this week and honour your grandparents, honour your parents perhaps even with a simple ‘thank you’. It is time show our support for the Veterans and the generations ahead of us, we care for them, assist them to live a life worth living for.

“Show Gratitude!”

Attend a local Remembrance Day service with your family to show gratitude and respect to those who gave their lives for your freedom.

Reflect and act!

Teunis Schouten, Owner at B Cared For Services

Respect the Generations ahead of us!

Many of us when we were growing up were taught to respect our elders. Home Support Providing a helping hand to the generations ahead of us.

Today as our parents are aging, they deserve our respect but also our help. These are the people who made sure all of our needs were met when we were growing up and it is our turn to give back and help our elders. Many seniors today wish to remain in their own homes instead of going into a care home. And today, thankfully because of medical science the generations ahead of us are healthy enough to be able to stay at home. A great way to assist the people who went ahead of us to stay in their home is to provide some of the little things they may lack. Perhaps a light is out on the porch and going up a ladder is not something you would want your parent or old friend to do. Maybe your parent would like some company as they prepare a meal? A short friendly visit can go a long way to alleviate loneliness. Getting the house ready for winter by repairing or replacing boards or windows would be a big help.

Today we should not only respect the Generations ahead of Us, we need to care for them as well.
Lilianne Fuller, Relationship Manager at B Cared For Services

Aging in Place

Today, because of a number of senior programs, our elders can remain in their home long into their golden years. These programs are offered provincially and in British Columbia there are a number of housing options. From living independently in the family home to the supports provided by assisted living, seniors in BC have a wide range of housing alternatives. But planning for the future is critical because by 2039, nearly 30 percent of Canada’s seniors will be between 75 and 84. Some programs available to seniors are:

Shelter Aid for Elderly renters (SAFER) This program provides cash reimbursements for rent paid to eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over who pay rent for their homes. 1-800-257-7756Home Adaptations for Seniors

Cash back for energy efficient home improvements. If you own your home, consider making some energy efficient improvements to your home and the new LiveSmart BC, Energy Incentive Program (EIP) will give you cash back for making these improvements. For example you could get up to $1,500. back for installing a new air source heat pump and up to $1,500. for adding insulation. 1-866-430-8765

Homeowner grant for seniors. Don’t forget, you are eligible for the homeowner grant if you are a senior. All you need to do to apply is to complete the application form you receive with your property tax. You will confirm that you are the registered owner and you are 65 years old. 1-888-355-2700

Property Tax Deferment, You don’t need to pay your taxes! Well at least not right away. As a senior you can apply to have your property tax deferred. The deferred taxes are paid by the Province to the taxing authority. You must however pay these taxes before the house can be transferred to a new owner. In the event of your passing, the repayment will be made through your estate.1-800-663-7867

Home Adaptations for Independence Program. This program helps low income seniors and people with disabilities finance home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living. Through a forgivable loan of up to $20,000. you can make improvements that will ensure you can stay in your own home for many years. 1-800-407-7757 extension 7055

Lilianne Fuller, Relationship Manager at B Cared For Services