Home care nurses provide a range of services in your home or at a community clinic. Their main goal is to teach you and your caregivers how to manage your own health care so that you can live as independently as possible. This service is one of the many Home and Community Care services available.
Services provided by home care nursing include:
- Assessment of your health care needs
- Medical and follow-up care after surgery
- Palliative care (end-of-life)
All home care nurses are experienced in palliative care and can support you and your family during end-of-life. Through compassionate care, nurses focus on managing symptoms and enhancing comfort.
Generally, nursing is provided if you:
- Are released from hospital and need short-term care.
- Have an ongoing, or chronic, health issue that requires more care than you or you family can provide.
- Have a health issue that is getting worse and you need support to continue to live at home.
For more information, visit the Eligibility page for home and community care services.
Visit the How to access services page and Costs page for home and community care services. Home care nursing services are free for those eligible.
If you are able to leave your home, nursing services are also available at an ambulatory home care nursing clinic. The clinics provide a broad range of services for people who need nursing treatment and education in self-care management.