Senior Services in Nova Scotia

Home and Community Care

Long-term Care

In Nova Scotia, nursing homes are referred to as Long-term Care Homes. Medical care costs are subsidized by the government, and the resident is responsible for room and board associated costs. For a detailed and comprehensive description of the long-term care system, please visit www.nursinghomeratings.ca

Home Care

Nova Scotia residents who require some assistance with medical and home services and home oxygen may be eligible to receive home care. Call 1-800-225-7225 to inquire about this program and schedule an assessment.

Elder Abuse

Senior Abuse Line

Call 1-877-833-3377 to discuss cases or suspected cases of elder abuse.

Protection of Persons In Care

If you know or suspect cases of elder abuse in a hospital, residential facility, or nursing home contact 1-800-225-7225.

Home Adaptations

Senior Citizens Assistance Program(SCAP)

Nova Scotia seniors who want to modify their home to compensate for age-related changes and continue living in their own home may be eligible to receive a grant up to $6500, which does not have to be repaid.

Finances

Caregiver Benefit

A caregiver may receive a caregiver benefit of up to $400 per month if the care recipient requires a high level of care (as determined by an assessment) and has low-income. To apply for the benefit call 1-800-225-7225.

Personal Alert Assistance Program

Nova Scotia seniors who live alone, fall below a specified income, receive publicly funded home care services, have a history of falls, and use specified mobility devices, may receive up to $480 to help offset the cost of a personal alert assistance service.

Property Tax Rebate Program

Nova Scotia seniors who receive the GIS and OAS may receive a rebate of a portion of the previous year’s property taxes. For more information about this program call 1-877-296-9338.

Government Website

Nova Scotia residents looking for more information about senior related issues can visit the province’s website dedicated to seniors, www.novascotia.ca/seniors/.

Alternatively, you can access a directory of programs and sevices offered to seniors, known as the Positive Aging Directory.