Private-Pay Housing Options
A private Assisted, Supportive, and Independent Living facility can offer your loved one a self-contained home, although each one is unique. Your loved one would have a door that locks, and their space may include a bedroom or studio, bathroom, living room, space for a small dining table, and kitchenette. Facilities can be very similar to Residential Care Facilities but are privately accessed and offer a range of supervision or care.
Residents may have meals in their own suite or share meals in a common dining room. Activities and entertainment are scheduled regularly to encourage socialization and increase the quality of life for residents. Some facilities offer a shuttle service for medical appointments, lunch out or shopping.
Assisted, Supportive, and Independent Living offers services to meet residents’ needs, such as help with personal care, housekeeping, laundry, medication management, and some nursing care. In some facilities, residents should be able to bathe and dress on their own.
Other facilities offer, at additional cost, more individual care through an enriched care program. This could include assistance with bathing, dressing or increased nursing care, similar to what is offered in a Nursing Home or through government-funded Home Care or a privately paid Home Care Provider service.
Assisted Living offers a good balance of private and shared living, a menu of services for purchase, and for those who are financially able, it can significantly reduce the stress experienced by the loved one and the caregiver. This option may be ideal for someone looking to downsize, who would benefit from living in a social community and who may need some level of support each day.
Many people are surprised to find that assisted living can be affordable when compared to the cost of owning and maintaining their own home (heating, yard work, snow removal, insurance, property taxes, etc.)
This may be an ideal first step on the continuum of care. It will help your loved one become accustomed to group meals and group activities and introduces support workers in a more manageable way. Once your loved one is settled in, you may find that there is less demand on your time if they are happy with their new surroundings. You may also find that you have less stress worrying about your loved one being alone.
To find Private Facilities in your area, click the links below. These lists are a starting point to help you identify some facilities in your area. Caregivers Nova Scotia will continue to add information to these lists as we get it, and ensure the information is as up-to-date as possible. Please note: There are no standardized definitions of assisted, supportive, or independent living, or full nursing care. Therefore, we recommend you contact the facility directly to confirm the level(s) and type(s) of services provided.
Ensure you read through our Is It Time for a Move? page.
Consider bringing along a trusted family member or friend when you visit for a tour to help you get a good sense of the facility. It is always beneficial to have an extra set of eyes as they may pick up on things that you miss. You could arrange to stay for a meal or perhaps your loved one could stay for a few days to make a thorough appraisal of the facility, the staff, the atmosphere and other residents.
When deciding on a private care facility, consider all the options. You want this facility to provide all the amenities required for your loved one’s comfort and to meet their social and recreational needs. Any facility you consider should be willing to provide you with a comprehensive tour and to answer all questions. Make sure to bring along the checklist of 28 questions we shared in the Long Term Care section of our website and focus on your priorities.