The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) defines home care as an array of services for people of all ages, provided in the home and community setting, that encompasses health promotion and teaching, curative intervention, end-of-life care, rehabilitation, support and maintenance, social adaptation and integration, and support for family caregivers.
Health and home care services vary across Canada. “Medically necessary” activities such as wound dressings or other services may be funded by the Canadian Health system, but generally home care services are not covered by the Canada Health Act.
Speak with the members of the healthcare team at the hospital or clinic to find out whether any home care may be available for your circumstances. In addition, search online about home care services through your regional health authority and to learn about private home care companies in your area. Ask whether any fees for service can be based on a sliding scale according to income. If you have extended health benefits, contact the insurer to see if you can access any health services at home.
The Canadian Home Care Association provides helpful information about home care.
In addition, an Information Specialist can help with your questions and concerns.