Home care services help people maintain their health and independence at home. Many of these services are funded by the Ontario government.
This list sums up four main types of home care services:
Visiting Health Professional Services
These services can help you after a stay in hospital, or if you need help due to illness or injury. Help includes visits to assess your needs, planning for and/or providing care for you. You may also receive supplies and equipment that you need.
Personal Care and Support
These services can help you with many daily living activities. Examples include bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, and more.
Homemaking services help you with routine household activities. These include menu planning, shopping, preparing meals, light housekeeping and more.
Community Support Services
These services help you live safely and independently at home. They include services such as meal delivery, transportation, help for your caregivers, adult day programs and more.
Home care services are funded in many different ways:
- by the government (Ontario and/or local governments)
- by non-profit organizations who receive donations to deliver these types of services
- by your private insurance or benefit plans (for example, private health insurance)
- by you (for example, when you pay for services yourself).
Many people who want to stay in their own homes will arrange a mix of services funded in a number of different ways.