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

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.


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,

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