Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Home Support Services

Home Support is care provided in your home by Community Health Workers who are directed by a nurse. Community Health Workers help with things like medications, bathing and dressing for eligible clients who are:

      • ill or recovering from illness or surgery,
      • have physical disabilities,
      • assessed as requiring personal assistance and/or respite for a caregiver, or
      • need care at the end of life.

Home Support does not replace your efforts to care for yourself with help from family, friends and your community.
Home Support services do not include assistance with general tasks such as grocery shopping, house cleaning or driving to appointments. You can find services in your community by searching sites like: HealthLinkBC or Seniors Serving Seniors.

For more information about Home Support, visit BC Ministry of Health Home and Community Care

How much does it cost?

The cost for Home Support services depends on your income. Home and Community Care will carry out a financial assessment to determine any daily charge.

Palliative patients deemed eligible and in the last six months of life do not pay for home support services. Island Health may assess your ongoing need for service on a monthly basis.

How do I get Home Support service?

You will need to speak to a Case Manager, who will assess your needs. For more information, please read about accessing services or contact an Island Health Home Health Office near you.