Home care is the fastest growing
sector in health care.
Home care is a vital part of our health care system. It enables people to stay in their homes with dignity, independence and quality of life. Home care is more desirable, cost effective and health effective. I worked in the home care industry for a number of years and saw firsthand the positive impact these services had on the lives of so many seniors - including my own parents.
Unlike most medically necessary services, home care is not covered under the Canada Health Act. Each province develops and funds its own program - resulting in inconsistencies across Canada. We are fortunate that Ontario is one of the better resourced provinces. But that doesn't mean it’s perfect. It’s a complicated mix of the public system and private sector organizations making it difficult to navigate. Here are the answers to the questions I'm being asked most often about home care:
1. What services can I receive at home?
Home care services fall into four main categories:
- Health professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, speech-language
- Personal support – help with bathing and dressing
- Light housekeeping and meal preparation
- Medical equipment
2. Who pays for home care?
- About 80% of home care services are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.
- The remainder is paid through your private health insurance, Veteran’s Affairs or out-of- pocket.
3. How do I access publicly funded home care?
- You must apply to your local Community Care Access Care (CCAC) – there are 14 in
- You will be assessed and if you meet specific criteria you will receive a set number of hours
4. What if I don’t qualify or I don’t get enough hours to meet my needs?
- You can purchase services through a number of not-for-profit and for-profit home care organizations.
5. How do I find private services?
- Start by going to the Home Care Ontario website for a list of their members and talk to
6. How much do private services cost?
- The price depends on the level of service required and the organization you select.
7. Is home care really the most cost effective use of health care dollars?
- Yes – take a look at these figures for the average cost of care per day in Ontario
Long-term Care $126
Home Care $42
Home is definitely where you and your loved ones want to be and with the right home care services your needs can be met. It’s important to be able to access the services available in your community, but trying to sort through all the information can be pretty overwhelming. I specialize in guiding people through their health care journey.
Give me a call and let’s see how I can simplify things for you. The first half hour is complimentary.