Home and Community Care Program
What is it?
Home care is a set of services to help you or your loved one live safely and comfortably at home.
Workers from the clinic may visit you or your loved one at home to provide:
- Nursing care
- Medical care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy (including getting equipment to make your home safer)
- Nutrition counseling and assistance
- Help with bathing and dressing
- Help with transfers in and out of bed
- Help with washing personal laundry
- Help with cleaning personal space
- Respite (short-term relief for caregivers)
Who is it for?
If you are a resident of Eeyou Istchee, of any age, and you find it difficult to care for yourself at home, you may be able to receive home care services. You could be:
- An elder experiencing health difficulties
- Someone healing from major surgery and finding it difficult to leave your home
- Someone living with a disability
- Someone receiving end-of-life care
Where is it offered?
Home care services are available through your CMC.
What happens with these services? How does it work?
Once you request home care services, the home care team will review your request to see if you are eligible to receive these services. Their decision will be based on your medical condition and home situation.
If you are eligible to receive home care services, then
- The home care nurse and community worker will visit you, at home, to find out about what services you need. They will ask you questions and discuss your needs with you to ensure that all areas of your care are included.
- Together, you, the home care nurse and the community worker will make a plan for your services.
- The type and hours of service you need depends on your health and the amount of family and community support available to you. Home care services do not replace support from family members.
The role of home care is to:
- Assist in providing care
- Promote independence
- Improve the quality of life for individuals and their families
Everyone, including family members, will work together to ensure the best care and the greatest independence and quality of life.
How long do the services last?
You and your home care team decide how long services will continue. However, you should continue to receive services as long as they are needed for your situation.
How can I get Home and Community Care services?
If you feel that you or a loved one needs home care services, contact your CMC. Professionals from the clinic may also refer you to home care, based on your situation.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about the Home and Community Care Program, contact your CMC.