What is home and community care?

What is home and community care?

Home and community care in Canada is a term that includes a wide range of health and social services delivered to people of all ages in their home or in other community settings. One of the goals is to provide family caregivers with the support they need.

Many professional home care services are available to you through your provincial health care plan

If you are a caregiver and the person in your care prefers to stay at home but needs the type of support and continuing care that you are unable to provide, then home and community care services may be what you are looking for.

Home and community care services can be administered wherever it is needed, whether it’s in the person’s home, at a hospice, in an extended care facility, or even in a hospital.

Health care professionals with specialized experience in areas like seniors care, rehabilitation therapies, and personal support services are available to support you in your home and home and community care can be customized to fit your needs.

Types of available care services

As a family caregiver you have access to a wide range of home and community care services including:

  • Access to equipment and supplies
  • Adult day programs
  • Assessment for driving
  • Cancer care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's care
  • Friendly visiting
  • Help with walking and exercise
  • Mental health
  • Nursing care
  • Nutrition counselling
  • Occupational therapy and home adaptations
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Personal care (e.g., help with bathing, dressing and feeding)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Respite (temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities)
  • Social work
  • Speech therapy
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Wound care

Your home and community care team

These are just a few of the care management service professionals you have access to as part of your team:

Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN):

Nurses provide professional care services such as pre- and post-natal care, child and family care, mental health and crisis intervention, pain and symptom management, respiratory care, wound and ostomy care, diabetes management, seniors care, and palliative care.

Personal Support Workers (PSW) or Community Health Workers:

PSWs assist people with daily personal care needs including bathing, toileting, dressing, mobility and feeding.

Registered Therapists:

These may include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, social workers, and speech language pathologists.

Crisis Workers:

Programs may include intervention and support for teens, adults, and seniors who are experiencing mental health challenges.

How can caregivers arrange for professional care services?

Many professional home care services are available to you through your provincial health care plan, and anyone can make a referral (including you).  See also, our blog article on Government Programs and Funding for Caregivers.

Powered by Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Elizz is the place in Canada for all things caregiving with services to support family caregivers as well as support for those in your care. Whether you need help with nursing and specialty health services , companionship, or in-home personal care, Elizz is here for you.

Home and community care services are flexible, convenient, and customized to your needs and your schedule. Some nursing and personal support services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To find out more, call Elizz at 1-855-Ask-Eliz (275-3549) or speak with a Caregiver Coach.

 

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