Continuing Care - Caregiver Benefit (aka Formerly Caregiver Allowance)

Provided by: Government of Nova Scotia - Department of Health and Wellness (aka DHW)

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Contact Details

Toll-Free: 1-800-225-7225
Across North America

Service Website: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs/caregiver-benefit.asp

Website: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs

Service Description

The Caregiver Benefit recognizes the important role of caregivers in their efforts to assist loved ones and friends.

A caregiver may be a spouse, family member, friend or neighbour that is not being paid for the help they provide. This could include supervision, cooking, housekeeping, home maintenance, errands and personal care.

Program helps caregivers of low income adults who have a high level of disability or impairment, as determined by a home care assessment. If the caregiver and the care recipient both qualify for the program, the caregiver will receive $400 per month.

Eligibility

Both the caregiver and the person for whom they provide care must meet the program's eligibility criteria * A care coordinator determines eligibility through an assessment process

The person receiving care must:
* Be age 19 or older
* Be a Nova Scotia resident
* Be in a care relationship with a caregiver
* Have a net annual income of $22,125 or less if single, or a total net household income of $37,209 or less, if married or common-law
* Have been assessed by a care coordinator as having a very high level of impairment or disability requiring significant care over time.

Applicants who are assessed as having very high care needs have some combination of:

* Significant memory loss and memory problems that affect daily functioning
* Very high level of physical impairment
* Many challenges in managing their personal needs
* Serious behavioural problems
* A high risk of falls
* A high risk of institutionalization

The caregiver must:
* Be age 19 or older
* Be a Nova Scotia resident
* Be in an ongoing care relationship with the person receiving care, providing 20 or more hours of assistance per week
* Not already be receiving payment to provide assistance to the person for whom they are providing care
* Be willing to sign an agreement that defines the terms and conditions for receiving the Caregiver Benefit

Service Info

Service Website:
https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs/caregiver-benefit.asp

Application Process:
The one number to call to connect with Continuing Care services is 1-800-225-7225 (toll free across North America)

A care coordinator will help you assess your needs and the services that would best meet them. If you are already a client of Continuing Care, but feel your needs have changed, contact your care coordinator.

If you are calling from outside North America, about someone who lives in a community serviced by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, please call the appropriate number below:

* Annapolis and Kings Counties: 902-487-0297
* Cape Breton County, Northern and Central Inverness County and Victoria County: 902-487-0298
* Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants: 902-487-0296
* Cumberland County: 902-487-0296
* Guysborough, Antigonish and Richmond Counties and the southern portion of Inverness County: 902-487-0298
* Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County: 902-487-0607
* Pictou County: 902-487-0296
* Lunenburg and Queens Counties: 902-487-0297
* Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties: 902-487-0297

Documents Required:
Assessment by a continuing care coordinator

Fees:
No fees

Languages:
English * French speaking care coordinators are available in certain areas of the province

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

Locations

Continuing Care Program

Private Location
, NS

TollFree:
1-800-225-7225
Across North America

Website:
https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs

Accessibility:
Not applicable

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Continuing Care Program (aka Continuing Care Services)

Address:
Private Location
NS

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Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Wellness
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8

Site Info

Toll-Free:
1-800-225-7225
Across North America

Website:
https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs

Site Hours:

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Sunday:

8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm
8:30am - 4:30pm

Accessibility:
Not applicable

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

Service Info

Service Website:
https://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs/caregiver-benefit.asp

Application Process:
The one number to call to connect with Continuing Care services is 1-800-225-7225 (toll free across North America)

A care coordinator will help you assess your needs and the services that would best meet them. If you are already a client of Continuing Care, but feel your needs have changed, contact your care coordinator.

If you are calling from outside North America, about someone who lives in a community serviced by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, please call the appropriate number below:

* Annapolis and Kings Counties: 902-487-0297
* Cape Breton County, Northern and Central Inverness County and Victoria County: 902-487-0298
* Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants: 902-487-0296
* Cumberland County: 902-487-0296
* Guysborough, Antigonish and Richmond Counties and the southern portion of Inverness County: 902-487-0298
* Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County: 902-487-0607
* Pictou County: 902-487-0296
* Lunenburg and Queens Counties: 902-487-0297
* Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties: 902-487-0297

Documents Required:
Assessment by a continuing care coordinator

Fees:
No fees

Languages:
English * French speaking care coordinators are available in certain areas of the province

Coverage Area:
Nova Scotia

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