May 2017 Keep Up with Changes

Important Changes for Manitoba Caregivers. 

Take time to be informed about these changes.  
  • Primary Caregiver Tax Credit
  • Patient Advocate Agreement
  • Hospital Services
  • Short-Term Intensive Home Care Service

Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

Manitoba’s Primary Caregiver Tax Credit provides a refundable credit of up to $1,400 a year to people who act as primary caregivers for spouses, relatives, neighbours or friends who live at home in Manitoba. For this tax credit, people requiring care must be assessed at Level 2 or higher under the Manitoba Home Care Program guidelines.
2017 Budget Changes:
1. The maximum credit is $1400 per year even for caregivers who are caring for more than one person.

2. Retroactive claims prior to 2017 are not permitted. Eligibility now begins in the year of the application.  However, if an application is submitted in 2017 but the credit is not claimed until 2019, the caregiver may still claim the credit for 2017 and 2018.

Further questions? FAQ's About the Primary Caregiver Tax Credit

Patient Advocate Agreement

Previously called the Patient Advocate Form, this extremely useful document now has the approval of the WRHA. The form has some logical revisions and a disclaimer. Be sure to use this!
Download the agreement here:   Patient Advocate Agreement

Hospital Services

Emergency Room Services 24/7
  • Health Sciences Centre
  • St. Boniface Hospital 
  • Grace Hospital

Urgent Care Centres 24/7
  • Seven Oaks Hospital
  • Victoria Hospital

Seven Oaks will also  offer specialty care for out-patient renal services, and will offer elective endoscopy procedures, as well as rehabilitation and transitional care for older patients.
Victoria will also continue to offer specialty care in day surgery and expanded in-patient mental health services.
Misericordia Health Centre -  Urgent Care will close and that space will be used for intravenous therapy.  
Concordia Hospital the emergency department will close. It will now offer general and geriatric rehabilitation services and transitional care for people waiting to get into personal care homes.
Deer Lodge Centre will get more resources for special need residents, including those with dementia.
Riverview Health Centre will also continue to specialize in Alzheimer and dementia care, respite services and respiratory chronic care. 

The transition is expected to take 6 to 24 months.

Short-term Intensive Home Care Service 

The WRHA hopes to reduce the number of seniors discharged from hospital straight into a personal care home by about half through the creation of a new, short-term intensive home care service. The goal is to have this enhanced home care services program up and running in six months' time.

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