When someone we know needs our help because of a health condition, we may have no idea what health and community services are available that might be of benefit. Without this knowledge, we may struggle to provide adequate support on our own or simply throw up our hands in frustration.
Ontario has a wide array of services that offer support to people with health conditions and their caregivers. But because services vary from community to community, it may be hard to know where to start. That’s why thehealthline.ca was created. It’s a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of some 40,000 health and community support services across the province. Visitors to the site can zero in on their community to see what programs are available locally.
This website, CaregiverExchange.ca, is directly connected to thehealthline.ca service listings. Near the top of this screen, just under the menu bar, you’ll see the words “Find Caregiver Support Services.”
Simply type a postal code or community name in the rectangular box and press Go. You’ll be transported to a list of categories that contain services for your area.
Regardless of the age or condition of the person you’re helping, you’ll find a link that allows you to explore the most relevant local services.
For instance, under the heading Care at Home is a list of various services that are provided at home. Clicking on In-Home Personal Support takes you to a definition of this type of service and a list of local agencies that provide it. An additional click on a particular agency reveals details such as contact information, eligibility requirements (if any), how to apply, fees (if any), and a description of the supports provided and the languages in which they’re delivered.
Many caregivers who need a break find respite services invaluable. There’s a special Respite Care heading that allows you to explore what’s available locally, whether it’s for children, adults, or seniors.
You can also search for support services related to a particular health condition.
Although most of the services support the person with the health condition, there are some that focus on family caregivers. Check under the heading Care for the Caregiver to find them.
In 2015, thehealthline.ca service listings were visited 5 million times.
The Find Caregiver Support Services tool can be found on almost every page of the CaregiverExchange.ca website.
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