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Nova Scotia Introduces Caregiver Allowance

Department of Health

August 11, 2009 9:22 AM

Eligible caregivers in Nova Scotia will be able to receive financial assistance which recognizes their important role and supports their efforts to assist loved ones and friends.

"We recognize the very important role that caregivers have in the lives of the people they care for," said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. "We know that caregivers need support themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their family members and friends."

To be eligible for the caregiver allowance of $400 per month, both the person who requires care and the person providing the care must meet certain program criteria.

The eligibility criteria for caregivers includes:
-- being 19 years of age or older and a Nova Scotia resident with a valid Nova Scotia health card number
-- providing 20 or more hours of assistance per week to a qualified care recipient

The eligibility criteria for care recipients includes:
-- being a resident of Nova Scotia and 19 years of age or older with a valid Nova Scotia health card number
-- having a high level of disability or impairment as demonstrated through completion of a home care assessment
-- an income review, because the allowance will only be provided to caregivers of recipients with low incomes

More information about the caregiver allowance is available at http://novascotia.ca/DHW/. Anyone wishing to apply for the program or for further information, can call the toll free line at 1-800-225-7225.

Direct Quote from: http://www.gov.ns.ca/

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Note - name of allowance has been changed to 'Caregiver Benefit' - Information about this can be found at

http://www.gov.ns.ca/

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Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW
Email: info@senioropolis.com

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