The Canadian Red Cross provides in-home community services to help individuals in Ontario, New Brunswick and the greater Halifax area of Nova Scotia live as independently as possible. These services enhance people's well-being and dignity, be they frail or elderly, children at risk, people with disabilities or palliative patients. Home care services have taken on a more significant role in Canada's health care system in recent years. Major hospital restructuring has meant shorter hospital stays for many Canadians, resulting in increased health care at home.
Home support - such as meals and general assistance for seniors, medical equipment rentals and transportation - is offered, depending on the needs of a particular community, by many Red Cross branches and regions across Canada. Red Cross medical equipment loans, for example, are available through most of Canada. However, it is only in Ontario and parts of the Maritimes that a comprehensive and separate home support program exists.