What is Home Care?

Many people needing healthcare services prefer to stay close to loved ones in a familiar and comfortable environment, rather than moving into an assisted living or long-term care home.

Home care allows individuals living with health conditions to receive care in the comfort of their own home with the help of health care providers and their loved ones.

Who provides home care?

Home care services are funded publicly (typically at no cost to you) and privately (where you pay for additional services).

Publicly-funded home care services are offered by provinces and territories. Individuals must qualify to receive these supports. While all provinces and territories offer home care services, coverage may vary.

Private-pay home care services are provided by for-profit home care agencies. These services are offered to those needing additional care that is paid-out-of-pocket


Why is care provided in homes?

There are many reasons for someone to require home care services. Home care programs can help people recover from short-term (acute) conditions, manage long-term (chronic) conditions, and deliver specialized services such as end-of-life care.

For example:


Individuals who have been recently hospitalized with an illness and have not fully recovered


Individuals with a medical issue their doctor would like to treat in the community to avoid hospitalization


Individuals that require support with personal care to remain in their home

Visit "Who is your home care team" to learn more about the roles of home care providers.