Special Services at Home
For information call: 519-657-4570
The Special Services at Home (SSAH) Program helps family’s caring for individuals with a disability. If approved, families are provided with funding to purchase supports and services which they could not normally provide themselves and are not available elsewhere in the community.
What can I use the funding for?
- Personal Development and Growth – This could include helping a person acquire new skills and abilities, such a improving communications skills or supporting a person as he or she undertakes more and more of the activities associated with daily living.
- Respite and Support – respite provides a break for the family and may help avoid burn-out, stress and fatigue. It provides an opportunity for the family to have a different experience, build new relationships and learn new skills
Who can apply?
- Parents, family members, and legal guardians of children with a developmental or physical disability under the age of 18 and adults with a developmental disability
- Individuals 16 years of age or older with a disability can apply on behalf of themselves.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, the individual with the disability must be:
- Residents of Ontario;
- Have ongoing functional limitations as a result of a disability;
- Require support beyond that which is a normal family responsibility; and
- Be living at home with their families or living away from their family's home but not residing in a Ministry-funded residential setting
How do I apply?
- You can apply by filling out an application on your own or with the assistance of an agency or professional. Please contact VON Middlesex-Elgin at 519-657-4570 to apply for the Special Services at Home Program.
- You will need medical documentation clearly confirming the diagnosis of the individual with the disability.
How are funding decisions made?
Applications are reviewed and assessed by a Special Agreements Officer who sets priorities based on several factors such as:
- The type and amount of service your family needs;
- What you need in order to enhance your ability to cope with providing care;
- The complexity of the support required as a result of the level of the ongoing functional limitation;
- Supports and services currently available in the community;
- Support networks of the individual and family;
- Locally identified priorities; and
- Availability of funds.