Across Canada, many seniors live with chronic conditions like dementia or Parkinson’s that can make it challenging to get around. As a result, they may need help with everyday tasks, such as bathing, cooking and cleaning. Most would prefer to stay at home but need assistance to do so safely and comfortably. Fortunately, solutions like montreal home care are available.
Each provincial government has its own program for home and community care that is funded by the Ministry of Health or the agency that administers it (called something different in each province). Clients must meet certain criteria, such as having a valid healthcare card and having physical or mental health needs, to qualify for funding. This funding can cover part of a caregiver’s hourly rate, but clients often need to pay some or all of the cost of services not covered by government funding.
The current system also does not allow individuals to choose their provider and only covers a small portion of the costs of home care. The Quebec government proposes a reform package that will allow individuals to choose their provider and increases the amount of care coverage, while also making the system more financially sustainable.
If you are a family caregiver providing home care for a loved one, you can apply for tax credits and other benefits to help offset the costs of your work. For example, the Commission des normes, de l’equite, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST or labour standards, pay equity and workplace safety board) has a form you can use to provide to your employer as proof that you are a caregiver. montreal home care