There are several available housing options for seniors in Nova Scotia currently.
Public Non-Profit Senior Apartments– these rental units are specifically for those with a low-income. Information can be obtained from your local housing authority.
Co-op Housing - these housing projects are rental units for those with limited income; available for families and individuals.
Supportive Housing – these are senior apartment buildings for fairly independent seniors however there is an attendant who resides on the premises and is available to assist residents with some activities.
Enriched-Housing Projects – are rental units for those with a low-income that are connected to an adjacent nursing home where services are available for purchase. Support services available include meals, personal care and housekeeping.
Assisted Living – similar to a retirement home, these settings are privately owned and targeted at the independent senior who do not require substantial care but may be in need of services such as meals, housekeeping, and recreation programs and facilities. Fees for accommodation and services are determined and vary, by home.
Community-Based Options – there are homes in Nova Scotia that are approved by the Department of Health and can provide “level 1 care” for 1-3 seniors (Level 1 care is defined as supervision and limited help with personal care). Homes that are approved are inspected and “must follow the Interim Guidelines for Community-Based Options”.
Residential-Care facilities – these are licensed as well to provide “level 1 care” for 4 or more seniors. They are regulated and inspected by the Department of Health. There are a few “private” facilities providing this kind of care as well and while they are licensed by the Department of Health, they are not under the auspices of the Continuing Care Services single-entry access system and as such applications are made directly to those homes and fees may differ from the public facilities.
Nursing homes – are licensed to provide “level 2 care” (Level 2 care – help with personal care and professional nursing care). Nursing homes in Nova Scotia and all are regulated and inspected by the Department of Health. For a listing of homes in your area you may contact the Continuing Care line at 1-800-225-7225.
For additional information you may also wish to check out the Seniors Guide athttp://novascotia.ca/seniors/pub/positive-aging-directory-2015.pdf
Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
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