Programs that offer the services of individuals who are available to make short trips to purchase groceries, pick up prescriptions, withdraw or deposit money in the bank, drop off or retrieve laundry and do other small tasks for older adults, people with disabilities and other individuals who cannot leave their homes or are otherwise unable or prefer not to perform these tasks for themselves.
Programs that provide small grants or loans that help homeowners who qualify (often older adults and people in emergency situations) pay for minor home repair services such as roof repairs, window replacements or repairs to septic tanks. Specific services covered by the programs and eligibility criteria vary. Also included are programs that provide grants or loans for the construction, repair and/or sealing of household water well systems, primarily in eligible rural areas.
Programs that provide assistance for people who need to do routine maintenance on their homes or make minor repairs.
Programs that offer the services of trained homemakers who go into the homes of families whose routines have been disrupted by long or short-term illness, disability or other problems, and assume responsibility for routine household activities including menu planning, budgeting, shopping, child care, meal preparation, laundry and general household management including light housekeeping.
Programs that offer the services of workers who go into people's homes and help with house cleaning chores.
Programs that offer the services of beauticians and/or barbers who are willing to provide services in the homes of elderly individuals, people with a disability and others who need to have their hair or nails done and are unable to go to a beauty parlour for attention. Services may include hair colouring treatment, permanent waves, hair cuts, shaves, wash and sets, manicures and pedicures. Also included are programs that provide this service for people who are hospitalized or in another institutional setting.
Programs that offer the services of homemakers who prepare and serve meals in the homes of frail elderly individuals, people with a disability or others who are unable to prepare their own food or leave their homes to travel to a site where a congregate meal is being served.
Programs that offer the services of paraprofessional aides who provide assistance with personal hygiene (bathing, grooming and mouth care), clothing care, ambulation, seating, toileting, housekeeping (changing bed linens or other chores that are essential to the individual's health and comfort), food preparation and nutritional and environmental support for recently discharged hospital patients, elderly people and people with disabilities in their own homes or other setting. Personal care may also include supervision which involves cueing, reminding, prompting or directing daily activities, as needed, but does not include medical services.
Programs that provide or pay for the removal of snow from the front sidewalks and driveways of people who need or want this service. In some jurisdictions, residents are required to keep the sidewalk in front of their homes clear of ice and snow as a safety precaution.
Programs that provide clerical or business-related assistance in the homes for older adults, people with disabilities or others who require this service. Also included are programs that provide this service at a senior centre or other similar site.
Programs for adults with developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, emotional problems or multiple disabilities who do not require 24-hour supervision that provide a highly individualized, coordinated system of services and supports which facilitates their ability to live in their own homes or apartments, to hire and supervise paid caregivers, to work in the community, to participate in community activities and to interact with nondisabled neighbours. A supported living agency may help the individual hire and supervise an attendant; develop a budget and pay bills on time; learn to shop and cook or hire someone to prepare meals for them; remember to take necessary medication; schedule medical appointments and get to the doctor's office; advertise for and select a roommate; make their living space barrier-free; learn about relationships, sexuality and parenting; select recreational pursuits that are personally satisfying; and accomplish other similar activities of daily living.
Programs that pay for or provide services that help homeowners and renters care for the lawns, plants and trees and associated structures on their property.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.