Cape Breton Region

The following private home care and other services are available in the Cape Breton Region and may be able to offer additional support to you and your care recipient. This page is organized into specific categories which are listed below. Click any of the category names to jump to that section.

Please note: The information below is provided as a convenience to let you know what services may be available in your area. The descriptions are provided by the organizations themselves and reviewed by CNS before being added. However, the services are not vetted by CNS, and we cannot recommend one over another. 

Please contact the provider directly for details about rates, hours of operation, or to discuss specific requirements. You may want to consult this list of potential questions to ask home care providers before hiring any agencies or private individuals.

 

Home Care Providers

Golden Rule Home Support - based in Inverness County, they provide personal and respite care, meal prep, light housekeeping, support and companionship to older and frail adults. Their coverage area and hours are flexible. Contact them at 902.631.0497 or Goldenrule945@gmail.com

Home Instead Senior Care - Services Sydney only. Their mission is to enable seniors to live happy, healthy, and independent lives in their homes. Home Instead, Inc. have published a helpful guide called: The 50-50 Rule: Helping Siblings Overcome Conflict While Caring for Aging Parents

New Dawn Enterprises Ltd. - Located in Cape Breton, provides a full range of healthcare and personal services in the comfort of your own home. They also operate a 24-hr phone line: 902.562.2444. 

Osprey Angels Home Care Services - Based in Sydney, they provide non-medical home care services including companionship, respite, grocery shopping, light housekeeping and meal prep. Contact them at: 902.562.5705

Scotia Personnel - Province-wide referrals of private home care providers or housekeepers. 24-hr care is available. Call them at 902.422.1455

Cindy Marie Meade: Homecare & Foot Care - Cindy provides homecare and foot care services as well as help with meal planning, errands, housekeeping and travel to appointments. Cindy is available 24/7. She's based in Sydney but travels throughout the province. Contact her: 902.549.0479 or cindymariemeade@gmail.com

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Food Banks

There are various food banks located throughout Cape Breton. Call the Family Place Offices for a list of locations and contact details: 902.562.5616 

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Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery

New Dawn Meals on Wheels - Based in Sydney, they are a volunteer-driven program committed to fostering independence and quality of life by providing affordable nutrition services. Call 902.562.1245 for more info.

Town House Glace Bay Citizens Service League -  Town House delivers hot cooked meals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to those who have difficulty preparing meals. Contact them for more info: 902.849.2449

Victoria County Memorial Hospital Meals on Wheels (re-directs to the 211.ca site) - This program provides nutritious meals to people in need. Contact Debbie MacLean at: 902.295.2112

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Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment

Personal Safety Devices

Care Alert Canada - Home of the Smart Dialer. Ideal for those who wish to remain longer in their own home or in a retirement residence. It can be programmed to dial up to 5 contacts, including 911. 

Care Link Advantage - Has over twenty years' experience helping older adults and people with disabilities remain independent by providing them with personal medical alarm pendants and other personal security technology.

Caretrak - A mobile personal response unit with GPS: wireless, Canada-wide coverage, fall detection available. Call 1.855.333.3381 or email info@caretrak.ca

Medic Alert, Safely Home - When a loved one with dementia or other cognitive impairments goes missing, MedicAlert will help get your family member safely home. This technology ensures critical information about your loved one is available to emergency responders and police through their 24/7 Emergency Hotline.

Northwood Intouch - is a Personal Alert Service that calls for help in case of an emergency. They also have devices and sensors to help people remain independent.

Philips Lifeline - offers a number of medical alert services.

RCMP - Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security.

Home Health Equipment

Family 1st Medical -
With locations throughout Nova Scotia, their mission is to provide a full range of Respiratory and Medical/Mobility products to assist all those in need.

Harding Medical - strives to offer you innovative rehab and home healthcare solutions to ensure you are safe and independent in your home and beyond. They have a wide selection of bariatric and home medical equipment to rent. Contact them: 1.800.565.1680

Osprey Health Care  - is a locally-managed business dedicated to helping you with your home healthcare needs. Products include mobility and compression aids, incontinence products, bath safety, and more. Contact them at: 902.562.5705 or ospreyhealthcaresydney@gmail.com.

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Transportation

Community Transit Nova Scotia - formerly Nova Scotia Community-Based Transportation Association, is an organization whose membership represents the disabled, seniors, the economically disadvantaged, environmental stewards, and the general public throughout Nova Scotia.  

Handi-Trans - Transit Cape Breton’s wheelchair accessible bus service is operated for persons whose disability restricts them from using the regular route service or other transport. Registration is required. To download the registration form, click here.

Hope Air - is a registered, national charity that provides free flights to people who cannot afford the cost of an airline ticket to get to medical expertise or specialized medical technologies that usually exist only in larger urban centres.

Rural Transportation Association (RuralRides) - provides door-to-door, accessible transportation services for residents of rural Nova Scotia. Click the 'Find a Ride' tab on the website to find services in your area. Contact them at: info@ruralrides.ca

TJ's Van and Carpool Services, Inc. - Provides province-wide transportation services including to and from medical appointments, the airport, package delivery, and more. Call 902.402.1555 or email info@tjsvanpool.com

Terry Morier's Accessible Taxi Service - operates throughout Nova Scotia and other areas by request. His vehicle has the capacity to hold two wheelchairs and has a child seat and boosters. Contact Terry:  902.476.1838 or taxivanman@hotmail.com


Travel with attendants or support persons 

Caregivers can often travel at no cost or for a reduced fee under these programs.  There is an application process requiring physician certification so please make your travel plans well in advance.  In some programs, if the physician indicates that the care recipient has a "permanent condition" there is no expiry date on eligibility.  Please contact service providers for more details.

WestJet - Special or additional seating for guests with a disability
The attendant pays tax only.

Air Canada - Travel with an attendant
The attendant pays tax only.

Porter Airlines - Request for attendant seating
The attendant pays nothing.

Via Rail - Passengers requiring a support person
The attendant pays nothing
The Via Rail program also includes short trips, perhaps to Halifax or Moncton for specialist services or appointments.

Maritime Bus - Companion travel
The attendant pays nothing.
Maritime Bus requires notification signed by a physician that the care recipient requires attendant care while traveling.
Although this is not addressed on their website, please call 1-800-575-1807 or your local Maritime Bus depot for more information.

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Other Support Services

Delphine de Toit Mediation Services  - Delphine du Toit is an Elder Mediator who helps caregivers and families with the difficult conversations about the care and needs of older family members who are no longer able to make decisions on their own. She travels throughout Nova Scotia to provide the support families need. Phone: 902.789.3953

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