Home care helps people who need acute, end-of-life, rehabilitation, maintenance, and long-term supportive care to remain independent at home.
Home care services include:
- Case management and care coordination;
- Homemaking that includes personal care, respite and home management; and
- Meal service.
Additional services may include:
- Home maintenance;
- Volunteer programs, such as visiting, security calls and transportation; and
Who provides home care services?
Health regions provide home care services directly to clients based on assessed need. The health regions are responsible for billing home care clients for some services. Individual client fees or charges are based on the client's income and the number of services delivered to the client. Clients have the opportunity to apply for a subsidy.
Professional services such as nursing assessment/care coordination, therapy, or volunteer services are provided without charge to home care clients.
Individualized funding gives you increased choice and flexibility in home care. You, or your guardian, receive funding to arrange and manage your own support services. Funding is based on assessed need and is used for supportive home care services, such as personal care or home management.
Professional health services, like registered nursing or therapies, are not included in individualized funding. If required, these services are available to you through home care.
While individualized funding provides greater flexibility and control in your care, you also have more responsibilities. It takes extra time and effort to manage this option successfully.
If you choose individualized funding and it does not work for you, you can end the agreement and consider alternatives, such as the regular home care program or other living arrangements.