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Self Managed Care

Self-Managed Care

Edmonton Home Care Assistance can provide support to clients who are already receiving Self-Managed Care by helping them find the right caregiver that meets their individual needs. We take pride in providing the most reputable and compassionate care professionals in the industry. We are able to provide hourly and around-the-clock care that enables our clients to maintain the lifestyle and freedom they deserve.

If you’re a senior who lives independently but requires assistance with a few basic daily tasks, our Self-Managed Care program allows you to age in place with peace of mind while choosing a certified caregiver who can help you manage the challenges that come with living with limited mobility or a serious health condition.

For aging adults who need help paying for their personal care needs, Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides financial support. Each client must first undergo an AHS assessment to determine eligibility and any care needs that are currently unmet. Once deemed eligible, clients can then enter into a legal agreement with AHS that governs the terms and conditions of the funding.

To be eligible for Self-Managed Care, you must meet a few key requirements, such as:

  • Living in Alberta, in a community setting, not a private care facility
  • Possessing a valid Alberta healthcare card
  • Maintaining stable health and foreseeable care needs
  • Requiring ongoing support at home
  • Being willing to assume the risks and responsibilities associated with contracting services for personal care

After you’ve signed a contract with AHS, you’re responsible for managing your care, which includes recruiting, training, scheduling, meeting employment standards, business regulation, and tax regulations, and reporting Self-Managed Care funds to AHS, among other responsibilities. The caregiver you choose to hire must be legally allowed to work in Canada, and you cannot hire a friend, family member, or informal caregiver.

At Home Care Assistance of Edmonton, AB, all of our caregivers are experienced, rigorously-screened, and passionate about caring for others. We run background checks on all our caregivers before hiring them, including local and international criminal checks, driving record checks, and employment verification. We also give each caregiver candidate a psychological examination, developed by Ph.D. psychologists, to test for honesty and conscientiousness. Our caregivers are bonded, insured, and monitored by our Client Care Managers, who ensure they’re providing the highest caliber of care for our clients.

We’re here to support Self-Managed Care clients in the event your caregiver is unable to attend a working shift or needs coverage for a vacation, and we also provide full services for clients who don’t have time to manage hiring, training, and ongoing payroll duties. We work with you to develop the right care plan—in conjunction with your Alberta Health Services contract under Self-Managed Care.

Home Care Assistance Edmonton provides services throughout Edmonton, St. Albert, and surrounding areas, including:

  • Personal care assistance (such as bathing, transfers, toileting, personal hygiene)
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Memory care

When you’re ready to request an AHS assessment to find out if you’re eligible for Self-Manged Care, call HealthLink at 811 and ask to be directed to the department for the Self-Managed Care Program. If you live in Edmonton, you can also call Continuing Care Services directly at 780-496-1300. If you have any questions about Self-Managed Care, please don’t hesitate to contact Home Care Assistance in Edmonton at (780) 490-7337.