New Brunswick

Home Support Services

Complex application

Tax filing not required

Prerequisite(s) required

To get this benefit you need to first apply for the following benefit(s) if you're eligible:

Home Support Services may be able to help you with a variety of daily activities that are needed for daily life. If you are eligible, you may qualify for financial help towards the costs of these services.

The goal of home support services is to promote, maintain, strengthen or restore the wellbeing of people living at home. Home support services can also help support your families and caregivers.

Home support services can come in two different ways, depending on what you want:

  • You can contact one of the home support agencies that are located throughout the province.  Agencies that have contracts with the Department of Social Development follow the department’s Home Support Services Standards.  These Home Support Agencies are required to hire personal support workers that are qualified and trained according to the standards.
  • You can hire someone you know that is not an immediate family member.  These individuals are self-employed, and it would be up to you to decide the training and qualifications of the person you hire to meet your needs.

While you can access home support services directly from any agency or individual at any time, the Disability Support Program or Long Term Care Program can help you assess, develop a plan and coordinate the services that best meet your individual goals.

Through these programs you can learn how you may qualify and to apply. If you are eligible, you may qualify for financial help towards the cost of services. The Disability Support Program is for adults between the ages of 19 and 64. The Long Term Care Program is for seniors, 65 years of age or older.

If you feel you need financial help to be able to get home support services you can qualify and apply through the Disability Support Program or the Long Term Care Program. You can also apply for home support services directly.

Help is not based on a medical diagnosis. It is determined on your ability to complete daily activities.

Some examples of when you may benefit from home support services are:

  • You are recovering from an injury, illness or surgery.  Home support workers can work with you while you regain the ability to complete daily activities on your own,
  • Your family member or caregiver works during the day, but you need help with bathing getting dressed, or getting your meals.
  • You have dementia and you need supervision or guidance to complete tasks, or
  • You are at risk of falls and need someone to help you with light housekeeping and getting a bath.

You can apply for financial help to be able to get home support services through the Disability Support Program or the Long Term Care Program.

Last updated: May 29, 2021