Home care is a rapidly growing and critical component of an effective health care system. In Canada, home care programs deliver a wide range of services, including

  • Short-term care to those recovering from surgery or acute medical conditions
  • Long-term care and support to allow people with chronic conditions to continue living in the community
  • Other specialized programs, such as end-of-life care and rehabilitation

Home care is delivered in the community in private homes and residential care settings, as well as in hospitals and ambulatory clinics.

CIHI collects and reports on clinical, administrative and resource utilization data from publicly funded home care programs in Canada. We also collect information on transitions of home care clients to and from hospitals or emergency rooms.

As part of the Shared Health Priorities project, the federal/provincial/territorial ministers of health committed to work collectively and with CIHI to develop a focused set of common indicators to measure pan-Canadian progress toward improving access to mental health and addictions services, and home and community care. 

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Home care information

 Reports and analyses
 Databases and data sources
 Metadata
 Multimedia
 Key resources

Reports and analyses

Download any of these CIHI reports and analyses:

Databases and data sources

Home Care Reporting System

The Home Care Reporting System (HCRS) contains demographic, clinical, functional and resource utilization information on clients served by publicly funded home care programs in Canada.

The clinical data standards for HCRS were developed by interRAI, an international research network, and modified with its permission for Canadian use. The interRAI Resident Assessment Instrument—Home Care (RAI-HC)© is used to identify the preferences, needs and strengths of long-term home care clients. The interRAI Contact Assessment (interRAI CA)© captures a brief profile of all people served through screening or home care intake processes.

Client information is entered into a computer at the point of care. Real-time reports flag resident risks and inform care planning. The information then flows to CIHI. With no additional collection effort, evidence is available to guide care and system-wide planning as well as quality improvement.

Integrated interRAI Reporting System

CIHI’s Integrated interRAI Reporting System (IRRS) accepts information from the new version of the home care assessment, the interRAI Home Care (interRAI HC). The interRAI HC informs and guides comprehensive care and service planning in community-based settings. It focuses on the person’s functioning and quality of life by assessing needs, strengths and preferences, and it facilitates referrals when appropriate. The interRAI HC can be used to assess persons with chronic needs for care as well as those with post-acute care needs (e.g., after hospitalization, in a hospital-at-home situation). This new version is part of an integrated suite of assessment instruments and includes increased commonality and standardized language across multiple care settings. Using this kind of integrated approach makes it easier to follow a person’s health care information across settings, encouraging continuity of care and increasing the chances of improved health outcomes.

Metadata

Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.

Find out more about the following data sources:

Multimedia

Key Resources

Other useful items from CIHI include information sheets, manuals and educational material.

Home care information sheets

Home care user manuals

Home care specifications manuals

Home care education