Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes are publicly funded residences for older adults whose care needs involve supervision and nursing care such as medical care, dressing changes, medication management, etc. Nursing staff are available 24/7 to meet the care needs of your loved one, keeping them safe throughout the day and night.

Furnishings as well as cooking, cleaning, and laundry are provided to residents as part of the accommodation charges.  Fees are paid partially by the resident and partially by the government through the Long Term Care Program. Funding assistance is determined through a financial assessment. Costs do not exceed 85% of the resident's income, or 60% if in a partnership, and assets are not considered when the financial assessment is performed. Public nursing homes are an affordable option for someone whose care needs are high.

Your loved one might benefit from a nursing home if they have complex but stable medical needs and do not need to be in hospital, if they can no longer live without 24-hour assistance and supervision, or if they frequently need nursing or personal care.  Residents of nursing homes may have advanced memory loss or dementia, may need assistance with bathing, dressing, and toileting, and have needs that extend beyond what family or friend caregivers and Continuing Care can provide.

Nova Scotia Nursing Homes will help explain the process for accessing a long-term care placement. To determine what the current wait times are for Nursing Homes in your area, please see this information on Nursing Home Facility Placement from Home – Wait Times.

Finally, fact sheets from Continuing Care on Long-Term Care and Paying for LTC as well as a complete Directory of LTC Facilities may be helpful in preparing for this change.