Home Assist

HDCHCS provides home care services to residents of Hornby and Denman Islands. Some islanders use these services for short term care after an accident or surgery, others use these services long term to allow them to continue to live in their own home as they age. There are two types of service; Home Support (services provided in cooperation with the local health authority) and Home Assist (privately organized care).

The following are the answers to some commonly asked questions about our Home Assist services. Our Home Support Supervisor, Karen Etheridge is happy to answer any questions about your specific situation. Please contact her by calling (250) 898-0243.

Home Support PaddyWhat is Home Assist?

The Home Assist program was created to provide similar services to the Home Support program to those that either do not qualify for the Home Support program or who would like help above and beyond their Home Support hours. With this program, clients pay fully for their care; it is not funded by the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).  There is increased flexibility in the Home Assist program and services such as driving clients to appointments or shopping or other general daily living tasks such as house keeping and cooking can be included.

What will Home Assist care be like?

Similar to the Home Support program, the Home Care Supervisor will contact you to discuss your needs, let you know how the service works and answer any questions. She will organize a schedule of care and match you with caregivers who will be regularly scheduled to come to your home. The caregivers are well trained and professional. You can get help on a one-time, seasonal or regular basis. Clients are billed monthly.

How much does Home Assist cost?

The current hourly rate for Home Assist is $27/hour. No profit is made on this program; the cost covers expenses only including; the salary and benefits of the caregiver, workers compensation and extra vehicle insurance, supervision and scheduling, and bookkeeping.

The Society is working to find ways to make this service more accessible for low income seniors. As an interim measure an emergency fund exists to offer short term help to community members who need assistance.