AHS Self-Managed Care

Alberta In-Home Health Care

Many Albertan’s believe that if they require Home Care Services that AHS is the only funded option. This is not the case!

You can request to allocate your AHS funded home care dollars to the home care company and/or provider of your choice. The program is called Self Managed Care (or SCM for short).

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What is Self-Managed Care?

Self-managed care is a program offered through Alberta Health Services (AHS). The program provides resources to directly pay for and manage personal care and home care support services.

Self Managed Care (SMC) is a program offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS). Current clients and/or those that are eligible for AHS funded Home Care can enter into an agreement with AHS to receive the funds directly to pay for personal care and in-home support services. This allows Albertans to choose their provider (provided they meet the requirements) vs. using the provider assigned by AHS.

What many Albertans and those receiving Home Care Services do not understand is that the caregivers that are coming to your home are not employed by AHS, they are a private company that is funded by them. Some examples include Bayshore and CBI.

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Who is Eligible for Self-Managed Care?

Only Albertans who have a valid Alberta Health Care Card are eligible for self-managed care. To be considered, the Albertan must possess the following qualifications:

  • Live in a home in a community setting
  • Have stable health and predictable care needs
  • Need ongoing personal care and home care services
  • Be willing to manage the risks associated with home care services

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What Care Services are Provided?

To determine the services you need, Infinity Healthcare will come to your home for a free in-home consultation. After getting to know the senior client, we will create a customized care plan that encompasses any of the following services:

  • Bathing and Grooming
  • Dressing and Mobility Assistance
  • Toileting and Incontinence Care
  • Meal Preparation and Light Housekeeping
  • Transportation and Medication Reminders

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How can you arrange and qualify for SMC?

If you already receive in-home personal care funded by AHS, the transition can be seamless. If you don’t already receive care you will need to prove eligibility to get approved. Participation requires you to have a valid Alberta Health Care Card and live in an independent residence.