Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
What’s the difference between home support and home nursing care?

The Home and Community Care program (formerly called the Community Health Services) of the Vancouver Island Health Authority (South Island) provides community- based health services intended to support people with acute or chronic illness or a physical disability to remain at home, as independently as possible. Services are provided by home-based health teams.

A key component of the team is home nursing care. The home care nurse provides assessment, health promotion, teaching of self-care, and coordination of multi- disciplinary services, treatments and supports. The home care nurse will work with the person receiving care to address his or her goals for health, independence, emotional support and coping, pain control, mobility, safety and nutrition.

Home nursing care provides a variety of assessment, health promotion and treatment services. Home support services offer help with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, hygiene and so forth.

By contrast, home support services offer personal assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, hygiene and toileting, assistance in getting up and/or going to bed, assistance with medications, as well as help with various household tasks such as laundry, meal preparation, and so forth. Home support services are provided by workers with home support training; however, they are not generally registered nurses.A more in-depth discussion of how to access home support and home care nursing follows this section.