Inverness backs up home support group

Angie MacEachern, the agency director of Inverness County Home Support Society, was told Inverness Council would back up her group with a letter of support to the McNeil government related to funding.

INVERNESS: Angela MacEachern, the agency director of Inverness County Home Support Society (ICHSS), was given some good news from Inverness Municipal Council.

Inverness County will send a letter of support to the McNeil government relating to what ICHSS does for communities in the municipality. Council announced it would do so at its regular monthly meeting on March 5.

MacEachern was happy to be given the news. She made a presentation to council just before council members green lit its support.

“Funding is a challenge,” MacEachern said. “One hundred per cent of our funding comes from the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW).”

ICHSS is a not‐for‐profit agency with a mission to provide home support services throughout Inverness County.

Fifty-three home support workers work for ICHSS, and the group serves approximately 300 clients throughout the county, reaching from Cheticamp to Port Hawkesbury.

MacEachern said the ICHSS has not been able to meet the budgeted rate of service since 2012, when the funding rate for all agencies under the DHW was changed. All funded agencies are now budgeted on a rate set by the department.

The society is now trying to increase efficiencies, including a better use of technology and a closer monitoring and evaluation of costs. With that, a new management policy and new methods of scheduling staff were introduced.