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Assisted Living in Nova Scotia 

Assisted living is provided by residential care facilities (RCF’s) or Community based Options in Nova Scotia

Assisted living refers to the provision of housing and services that allow residents to age in place a retirement home with light to medium supports before having to move to a nursing home or long term care home.  In this way, services bridge the gap and are the in-between choice of independent supportive living and long term nursing care.

Individuals are able to direct their own care, in separate, self contained units. (They are cognitively capable and have the ability to make informed, voluntary decisions regarding their care needs and living arrangements or are living with a spouse / partner that is able to do so).

In addition to the basic security and safety, meals, social activities and housekeeping offered in an independent supportive living residence, assisted living services typically include personal assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, washing, hygiene, eating, gentle reminders, help with taking medication and wayfinding for those with mild Alzheimers disease or dementia.  Nursing services are usually provided.  

Care is often provided in a designated section of a Retirement Home. 

Costs to residents are market driven and, in the case of single entry access participants, are partially funded.

Admission to a Residential Care Facility (RCF) can be through the Department of Health's Single Entry Access (SEA) system or directly with the provider. 

  • Residents of SEA participating RCFs pay an authorized accommodation charge and have the health care portion of the care costs covered by the Department of Health.
  • If a facility is not a SEA Participant, applicants can apply directly to the residence and that government subsidy is not available.

More about assisted living in Nova Scotia, terminology, licensing and regulations 

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