Community Nursing
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Care at home by licensed home care nurses

Nurses working in home and community care provide a range of services, both in community clinics and in your home. They provide care to clients who may need acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative care.

The 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.

What services are available?

If you require acute, chronic or palliative support, Interior Health can help with its community care nursing services. Community Care Nurses (Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse) will provide care on a non-emergency basis to help with things such as administering medications and changing dressings. In some communities these services may be provided at a community clinic or in your home as appropriate.

Nursing services may include:

  • Pain management   
  • Chronic disease management  
  • Intravenous care  
  • Ostomy care  
  • Post-hospital care  
  • Wound care 
  • Palliative care
  • Self-care teaching

Services not provided:

  • House cleaning or laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Rehabilitation equipment/aids
  • Driving to appointments
  • Companions
  • Foot care

Am I eligible?

Generally, nursing is provided if you:

  • Are released from hospital and need short-term care
  • Have an ongoing, or chronic, health issue requiring 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

You must meet the eligibility requirements for receiving Home and Community Care services.

Is there a cost?

This service is free of charge; however, there may be a fee for supplies and/or equipment. Visit the Costs page for more information.

Occasionally these costs may be covered by the Palliative Care Benefits Program or other alternate funding source.

How do I access this service?

Contact your local community care office and ask to speak to a home and community care health professional if you are interested and believe you are eligible for community nursing services. Your home health professional will provide you with additional information and discuss the options that may assist you. 

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