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Apply for Individualized Funding for Home Care

Home care helps people that need acute, palliative, and supportive care to stay independent at home. It also helps reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and the length of hospital stays.

You or your guardian may be eligible to receive funding based on assessed need – called individualized funding – to arrange and manage your own supportive services for home care.

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1. Guidance

Home care

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:

  • Assessment;
  • Case management and care coordination;
  • Nursing;
  • 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
  • Therapies.

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

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.

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2. Eligibility

You may be eligible for individualized funding if you are:

  • Eligible for home care support services;
  • Require long-term supportive care;
  • Capable of managing the funding successfully; and
  • Willing to accept the responsibilities

Your responsibilities

If you are eligible and choose the individualized funding option, you accept the responsibility of arranging, managing, and accounting for your support services.

You need to sign an agreement with your health region which outlines your services, funding level, accountability and reporting requirements, and other details.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, hiring, training, and terminating staff. Hiring of family members and in some cases health region employees is not permitted;
  • Scheduling and payroll, including deductions such as Income Tax, Canada Pension, Employment Insurance, etc;
  • Applying for coverage under The Workers' Compensation Act, 2013;
  • Abiding by relevant legislation such as Part II and III of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, or The Income Tax Act;
  • Establishing a backup care plan that is not reliant on the health region’s home care program;
  • Reporting to your health region on a regular basis; and
  • Paying the applicable home care fees.
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3. How to Apply

To apply for individualized funding:

  1. Contact the Home Care Program of your health region.
  2. Your health region will assess your unique care needs and determine the type of service and funding level.

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4. Further Information

A number of community based agencies are familiar with the individualized funding option and may be able to provide support and information:

Once you have discussed individualized funding with your health region, and are ready to pursue the option, the following agencies may be of assistance:

Home Care Policy Manual

The Home Care Policy Manual ensures consistency of home care services and home care standards throughout Saskatchewan.

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