Programs offered by local or provincial government agencies that pay all or a portion of the monthly costs for prescription drugs required by people who meet eligibility requirements for the programs. In some cases, the individual receives a discount card that can be presented to the pharmacist. The individual pays the co-payment amount and the pharmacist bills the sponsoring agency for the remainder. Specific mechanisms and eligibility requirements may vary by jurisdiction.
Programs that support the purchase of case management and other home and community based services as a means of helping people avoid premature institutionalization. Funding is usually through provincial and local resources, but may also include some federal dollars. The programs typically provide case management and, unless other funding sources are available, provide funding for and link program participants to existing home and community based services, home modification programs, assistive technology equipment, assisted living facilities or other supported housing options, and/or other needed services. Individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria as specified by the program and usually must have documentation from a physician stating that they are at risk for institutionalization.
A program administered by Veterans Affairs Canada that assists eligible pensioned veterans to remain healthy and independent in their own homes or communities. The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) is not intended to replace other federal, provincial or municipal programs. It is combined with these other available services to best meet the needs of each client. The services veterans receive depend on their particular circumstances and health needs. VIP assists with the costs of certain services such as grass cutting or snow removal; housekeeping including help with laundry, cleaning and preparing meals; personal care services including assistance with bathing, dressing and eating; nutrition services such as meals on wheels; and health and support services provided by health professionals. Other services may also be covered including transportation, ambulatory health care, nursing home care and home adaptations.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.