At Saige Homecare, we often have Calgary seniors and their families ask if our supportive services are an option for their health situation. We created this guide to help explain the qualification rules for receiving home care through our private care options.

What is Home Health Care?

Home Health Care refers to healthcare services provided to individuals in their own homes instead of a hospital or other home healthcare facility. Home health care is delivered to people recovering from illness, surgery, and managing a chronic health condition. 

Home healthcare services aim to help individuals regain their independence and improve their health and quality of life.  

6 Benefits of Home Health Care

Home health care offers various benefits for individuals who need medical help, rehabilitation, or support with daily activities. Here are some key advantages:

1. Comfort and Familiarity

Patients receive care in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by familiar environments, which can contribute to emotional well-being and a sense of security. Home health care plans are tailored to each individual’s specific needs and preferences, ensuring personalized and targeted care.

2. Promotes Independence

Home health care enables individuals to maintain a level of independence, allowing them to participate in their daily routines and activities to the extent possible.

3. Reduced Hospitalization

Continuous monitoring and timely interventions at home can help prevent complications, reducing the need for hospitalization and promoting health. Home health care encourages family involvement in the caregiving process, fostering a supportive environment and ensuring a holistic approach to the patient’s well-being.

4. Cost-Effective

Home health care can often be more cost-effective than prolonged hospital stays or institutional care, making it a viable option for many individuals and families. Patients often experience faster recovery at home due to reduced exposure to hospital-acquired infections and the ability to receive care in a less stressful environment.

5. Individualized Rehabilitation

For those recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, home health care allows for individualized rehabilitation plans, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other specialized services. Home health care professionals can assist in medication management, ensuring proper adherence to prescribed medications and reducing the risk of complications.

6. Emotional Support

Home health care providers offer emotional support and companionship, addressing not only physical needs but also the mental and emotional well-being of the patient. Patients and their families often experience reduced stress and anxiety when care is delivered at home, avoiding the challenges associated with frequent hospital visits. Home health care allows individuals, especially those with chronic or terminal conditions, to maintain their dignity and quality of life in a familiar and compassionate setting.

When Home Health Care Can Help

Home health care allows people needing medical help to get care in their homes. Who can get home care depends on things like where you live and what insurance you have. But there are a few health problems that often mean you can get home care. These include long-term illnesses, help post-surgery, rehab, and end-of-life care.

1. Long-Term Illnesses

People with illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, or breathing problems sometimes can get home care. These illnesses need regular care and check-ups. At home, health workers can help give medicines, change bandages, help manage symptoms, and teach about the illness.

2. Post-Surgery

After surgery, people often need extra help while recovering. Home care can make the move from hospital to home smoother. Health workers can care for wounds, give medicines, help with rehab exercises, and ensure the patient is healing well. This lets people recover at home instead of in the hospital.

3. Rehab

If someone needs rehab after an injury or illness, home care can help. Whether it’s physical therapy after a stroke, joint replacement or speech therapy after an accident, health workers can provide personalized rehab at home. This aims to help the person recover, be mobile, and be independent.

4. Terminal Illness

Home care is also an option for people with terminal illnesses who want end-of-life care at home. Health workers can provide pain management, symptom control, emotional support, and help with daily tasks. This allows the person to be at home with loved ones at the end of life.

The specifics of getting home care depend on insurance, medical needs, and other factors. But by knowing when home care can help, people can find the option that best fits their situation and quality of life. Home care provides personalized care so people can get the medical care they need while staying at home.

Saige Care’s Eligibility Criteria

Unlike publicly-funded care options, our private home care programs have flexible eligibility rules focused on your unique needs. To qualify with Saige Care, you must:

  •  Have limiting health conditions needing nursing care, personal support, or household help
  •  Need help with activities like bathing, meals, light housekeeping, and medication reminders.

Our Approach to Home Care Qualifications

Saige Care takes a personalized approach, collaborating so we can understand your specific situation. Our nurse advisory team asks questions to assess concerns like:

  • What health conditions or mobility limitations do you face?
  • What daily living or household activities do you need help with?
  • What level of support would enable you to manage routines?

We then identify services that meet your unique needs – whether companion care, homemaking help, nursing visits, or 24-hour help. Our focus is crafting a customized care plan so you can qualify for the perfect support mix.

This personalized process allows more Calgary seniors to access the home care that best matches their health needs. Our qualification rules remain flexible because we tailor programs person-by-person.

How Does Home Health Care Eligibility Work?

Here are some the case scenarios to understand about home health care eligibility, 

  1. Emily’s Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

Emily recently experienced a stroke and was discharged from the hospital. She requires intensive rehabilitation and support for activities like walking, speech, and daily tasks. Emily qualifies for home health care services, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and nursing visits to help her recover in the comfort of her home.

  1. Robert’s Palliative Care Needs

Robert, in his late 80s, has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and wishes to spend his remaining time at home. Managing symptoms, pain, and emotional well-being during the end-of-life phase. Robert and his family opt for palliative home health care, providing pain management, emotional support, and help with daily living, allowing him to maintain dignity and comfort in familiar surroundings.

  1. Linda’s Diabetes Management

Linda, a middle-aged woman, has been struggling to manage her diabetes. Balancing medication, diet, and lifestyle changes while coping with the demands of work and family. Linda’s healthcare provider recommends home health care to provide personalized education on diabetes management, help with medication adherence, and dietary counseling to help her achieve better control over her condition.

Why Choose Our Private Home Care


Provider Care Services Eligibility Rules Caregiver Oversight Service Flexibility
Saige Care Wide range of medical/non-medical home care Based on individual needs RNs coordinate plans Customizable care plans
Public home care (AHS) Skilled nursing, therapies Strict criteria Case managers Standardized services
Hospital discharge programs Short-term, post-acute care Tied to a hospital stay Nurses visit occasionally Temporary, limited duration


1. Customized Care Planning with Registered Nurses

At Saige Care, our team of dedicated Registered Nurses acts as central care coordinators for each client. They get to know you, your health conditions, limitations, and preferences to craft customized home care plans tailored to your unique needs.

Our RNs are involved along every step of your health journey with us. They conduct initial assessments and check in to track changes that may need care plan adjustments. Attentive RN guidance sets our private home care nursing and support services apart.

2. Consistent, Compatible Caregiver Team

We know developing trusted relationships with caregivers is key for comfort with more intimate, daily personal care. That’s why Saige Care matches each client with a consistent team of familiar faces. Instead of seeing different random caregivers, you establish bonds with the same skilled nursing and support talent.

Getting to know your caregivers one-on-one makes a world of difference when inviting them into your home. Our advisors assess your unique preferences when selecting your care team to maximize compatibility. With a consistent team, we provide peace of mind, knowing what to expect day-to-day.

3. Proactive Communication Across Your Health Network

Saige Care prioritizes keeping all key members of a client’s care network informed through proactive, streamlined communication. From family members to diagnostic clinics to insurance partners, we ensure everyone is up-to-date so you receive seamless coordination catering to current needs.

With client consent, we provide round-the-clock access to your electronic care plan and log detailed updates after every caregiver visit. We also provide patients with the information they need for self-care and regularly educate them about their conditions, medications, and preventive measures. 

4. Flexible Scheduling Modeling Real-Life Needs

We meet you where you are when coordinating consistent care scheduling. Rather than forcing rigid time chunks, we adapt visit schedules, caregiver shifts, and service frequencies to best suit your changing health needs and personal lifestyle preferences.

Life happens unexpectedly, so we build in flexibility, adjusting visit schedules when unforeseen events arise, or new priorities emerge. Our customizable scheduling also allows you to coordinate care tasks like transportation, meal prep, and medication prompts around your unique real-life routines.

5. Finding the Perfect Caregiver Match

At Saige Care, we take great pride in our selective recruitment and screening process so we can provide you with a caregiver who is the right fit for your needs and personality. We go beyond a basic background check and reference check because we know compatibility, trust, and comfort make all the difference when inviting someone into your home.

Comprehensive caregiver vetting includes:

  • In-depth interviews assessing care experience, aptitude, and compassion
  • Verification of credentials and qualifications
  • Reference checks from former employers or clients
  • Criminal record checks protecting your safety and security
  • Regular training on safety protocols and emerging best practices

Additionally, our team takes the time to assess each client’s values and preferences when making caregiver recommendations. We look at important factors like gender, age, personality, language, interests, and special needs requirements.


1. Who is eligible for home care services in Calgary?

Home care services in Calgary are generally available for seniors aged 65 and older, or individuals of any age with complex health needs, chronic conditions, or disabilities that impact their ability to perform daily activities.

2. What types of services are provided through home care for seniors in Calgary?

Home care services can include help with activities of daily living, medication management, nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other support services tailored to the individual’s needs. 

3. Are there specialized home care services for seniors with specific health conditions?

Yes, specialized home care services are available for seniors with specific health conditions such as dementia, diabetes, or palliative care needs. These services are tailored to address the unique requirements of each condition.

Saige Care: A Compassionate Approach to Aging in Place for Calgary Seniors

We hope this overview has provided clarity on Saige Care’s private home care services and flexible eligibility guidelines focused on crafting customized plans tailored to your unique health needs. Our dedicated and consistent caregivers provide proactive communication and scheduling flexibility, allowing us to provide attentive care so you can happily and comfortably age in place.