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What is community-based health care?

Community-based health care is for people of all ages who need health care assistance at home. Community care services include home support, nursing, physiotherapy and other rehabilitation services.

For example:

  • A nurse visits an elderly person at home to help with medication.
  • A home support worker helps a child in a wheel chair with personal care, such as bathing.

Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) coordinate community care services in Ontario. Each CCAC provides information about community care services in its community. CCACs can also refer you to services in other parts of Ontario.

Community Care Access Centres:

  • Arrange for health and personal support services to come to your home.
  • Authorize services for special needs children in schools.
  • Manage admissions to long-term care facilities - for example, for seniors or elderly people.
  • Give information and referrals about other community agencies and services.

Depending on what kind of health service you need, you might need to have a referral from a doctor. You need to have the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or the Interim Federal Health (IFH) Program to be eligible for these services. If you have applied for OHIP but have not received your Health (OHIP) Card yet, you may be eligible. Call your local CCAC for more information.

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Last Updated: October 23, 2014
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