Short Term Home Care for Older Adults

Arthritic hands holding a flower Self-Help for the Elderly’s Emergency Short Term In-Home Support program is a short-term non-medical in-home social service for seniors and disabled adults who require emergency services. Services include personal care, homemaker, and household chores.

Seniors are visited at their homes (usually after being discharged from a hospital) a maximum of four times to make sure that they have food, to prepare their meals, and to help them bathe. The goal of the program is to keep the client in their own home as long as possible, while keeping them comfortable and safe. Clients living on their own and without this program would be unable to remain safely in their homes. Clients who need extended supportive services can be referred for long term in-home support services, case management, or other services.

Emergency requests could come from anyone concerned about the client. It could be from a landlord noticing that the resident is not taking care of their home or making payments. Rather than having them evicted, they can contact us to seek help for the resident.

To provide our clients with exceptional care, we apply high standards to our in-home care programs. Our caregivers are carefully chosen based on their experience and background and they continue to learn and broaden their skills to be able to provide clients with the best care.

To make sure that an independent senior is living well on their own, request our Emergency Short Term In-Home Support Services to keep them living safely.

Program brochures available in English and Chinese.


The program is administered by Self-Help for the Elderly – Social Services Department and funded by the Department of Disability and Aging Services.