Winkler Workshop

Thanks to the Winkler Senior Centre for inviting me to present on Sept. 8th. It was my first experience speaking to a group in rural Manitoba. I felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn about caregiving beyond the perimeter.
Certainly rural Manitobans face unique challenges. There are fewer private services. Housing for seniors is often not available in their home community.  Traveling to appointments in the city is difficult, especially under poor driving conditions. We had some discussion about medical tax exemptions for travel to out of town appointments. Here is what I have learned:
You should have some form of proof that you actually attended the appointment but you will only need this if Revenue Canada asks to review your medical receipts. What kind proof? Well, here's where it gets confusing. There does not seem to be a standard form. The best suggestion I've found to date. Take your appointment card or letter with you and have the receptionist sign and date it.
If anyone out there has a solution, please add a comment below.
Here is the link to the Canada Revenue information on eligible medical travel expenses:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns300-350/330/llwbltrvl-eng.html 

Another concern was fees charged for appointments canceled less than 24 hours ahead. Readers may be interested in the following case reported in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Care denied after fee not paid
Use cancellation fees with care, MDs warned

One great advantage that rural communities have over the city is exactly that - "community." When I asked people to raise their hands if they knew someone who worked at the district hospital or in any health capacity in the area, almost everyone did.  Although my mom has lived in Winnipeg for more than 60 years, no one at the hospital, in home care or at the personal care home knows "Marj". I wish they did.

Again my thanks to Cathleen Bergen for organizing this event and for all those wonderful door prizes!

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