Long-term care facilities provide services for individuals who need ongoing care on a long-term basis (permanent placement) or short-term basis (respite care). There are 2 types of long-term care facilities available, nursing homes and residential care facilities.
Nursing homes are important options for people who have difficulty performing everyday tasks such as, dressing, bathing and toileting. Nursing home placement is appropriate for people who are medically stable but have nursing needs that cannot be met through home care.
When home care does not meet the needs of a person and nursing home care is not required, a residential care facility may be the solution. Residential care facilities provide people with personal care, supervision and accommodation in a safe and supportive environment.
A directory of nursing homes and residential care facilities as well as community based options is available on the website.
Eligibility is assessed by a continuing care coordinator
The one number to call to connect with Continuing Care services is 1-800-225-7225
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 Nova Scotia, about someone who lives in a community serviced by Nova Scotia Health, please call the appropriate number below:
• Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality and West Hants): 902-487-0607
• Eastern Zone (Cape Breton, Antigonish County and Guysborough County): 902-487-0298
• Northern Zone (Colchester County, Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County and Pictou County): 902-487-0296
• Western Zone (Annapolis County, Kings County, Digby County, Shelburne County, Yarmouth County, Lunenburg County and Queens County): 902-487-0297
Assessment by a continuing care coordinator
Long-term care costs are shared by you, as the resident, and the provincial government • The Department of Health and Wellness pays for the health care costs, and you pay your accommodation costs and personal expenses • The Department of Health and Wellness sets standard accommodation charges annually • Those who are able to pay the full standard accommodation charge are not required to complete a financial assessment • Those who cannot pay the standard accommodation charge can apply to have their rate reduced through an income based financial assessment • A care coordinator will confirm costs during your assessment
English • French speaking care coordinators are available in certain areas of the province