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Temporary in-home care

In-home respite provides temporary relief for caregivers who are experiencing high levels of stress or burnout from caring for someone at home who has high needs. Caregivers are allotted flexible hours for any given 12-month period that they can use when and how they wish. Trained staff temporarily take care of the care recipient in their own home while the caregiver gets some relief. This service is not available to people living in retirement homes, long-term care homes and other care facilities.

What services are available?

In general, care recipients will have access to the following services:

  • Movement and transfers
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Personal hygiene (e.g., toileting, washing/bathing, mouth care)
  • Preparing meals, help with eating
  • Light housekeeping
  • Medication reminders
  • Companionship (e.g. talking, playing cards, reading, games, etc.)

Who is eligible for services?

Caregiver and care recipient must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

and if the care recipient is:

  • In need of help with activities of daily living
  • In need of onsite supervision or monitoring several times a day to ensure his/her safety and wellbeing

Care recipient must be MAPLe Score 3 or higher with ADLs 5+ and the caregiver must have a caregiver screener score of 5+.

Other criteria may apply, depending on which agency is providing the services. Duration of the service is subject to reassessments and availability.

How can I help my client to apply?

Speak with one of our Respite Advisors at 905-855-9090.