Northern & Eastern Mainland Region
The following private home care and other services are available in the Northern and Eastern Mainland 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.
- Home Care Providers
- Companion/Personal Support/Errands
- Downsizing/Decluttering/House Cleaning
- Food Banks
- Grocery Delivery/Shopping Services
- Home Adaptations
- Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery
- Mobile Services
- Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment
- Respite Care
- Other Support Services
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 and are 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
Always Home Homecare - They provide home care services (including companionship, meal preparation and grocery shopping, personal care, housekeeping, transportation and errands, medication reminders), live-in care, dementia care, and respite care. Call them at 902.405.4400 or toll-free at 1-855-904-4400 to find out more information.
Alongside Live-in Home Support Services - They offer compassionate live-in home support resulting in comfort, enhanced quality of life, and peace of mind for both the seniors we serve and their families. Contact Jo-anne MacDonald at 902.578.9077 or email email@example.com.
Care.com - Helps match individuals with paid care providers based on location and service needs.
Careforce Home Care - provides a variety of home health care services to assist individuals in living safely and comfortably in their homes. Call for a free assessment: 902.921.4663.
Earth Angels Home Care - provides a range of personalized home care services including personal care, housekeeping, medication reminders, respite care for family caregivers, and more. Specializing in dementia, all caregivers are trained in Positive Approach™ to Care techniques. Call 902.893.3553.
HCO Lifestyle Support Services - provides peace of mind for aging loved ones and their families. They manage a network of community partners dedicated to ensuring seniors receive quality assistance and support from the community to maintain the lifestyle they're used to. Operates in Truro only. Tel: 902.324.0313 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Me Home Independent Caregiving - provides dementia care, respite care, personal care, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, laundry, and meal preparation. They cover Truro and surrounding areas (and are willing to discuss further locations). Telephone: 902.305.5597 Email: email@example.com
Kevin LeMoine - Provides home support in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Call Kevin at 505.577.4424 to find out more.
Lean On Me - They work alongside the family and the palliative care team to provide home care services. They cover Cumberland County. They hire CCAs and retired RNs and all of their employees have provided a satisfactory criminal record check. Sevices include personal care, housekeeping, transportation to and from appointments, grocery pickup, palliative care, overnight care, 24/7 care, respite care, companionship, and medication reminders. Call 902.216.0183 to find out more.
Mayflower Health Care Services - offers a range of home care support and nursing services to seniors and their families throughout Nova Scotia, including personal care, nursing support, companionship services, housekeeping, and more. Call 902.209.1813 for more information.
Northwood Home Care - Offers caring and professional home care services.
Parkwood Home Care - Empowers independence and peace of mind for seniors and their families. Services include live-in care while providing personal care, meal preparation, companionship, transportation, and more. Tel: 902.421.9191
RoseDawn Helping Hands - Based in Upper Stewiacke, their services include respite care, meal preparation, regular check-ins, home care, and more. Call them at: 902.671.2923
Scotia Personnel - Province-wide referrals of private home caregivers or housekeepers. 24-hr care is available. Call 902.422.1455 for more information.
Today's Nurse Inc. - Based in Truro, Today's Nurse is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care while preserving the dignity and independence of its clients. It offers a wide range of home care and healthcare services 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Call them at 902.843.1095.
We Care Home Health Services - provides personal care, companion services, light housekeeping, live-in care, respite care, nursing, pediatric care, and foot care. Call 902.895.2273 to find out more or check them out on Facebook.
Find a PDF list of private care providers here.
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support, and community services such as a volunteer visitors program, all to enhance each client's quality of life. They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit their website or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
Note: some of the providers listed under Home Care may also provide companionship services. Please contact them to find out.
The Coast is Clean - Lisa Blakeney offers weekly, biweekly, or monthly home and office cleaning. She also does one-time cleans. She offers a wash-and-fold laundry service with pick-up and delivery available. Call her at 902.694.4782 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The House Whisperer - based in Elmsdale, they offer house cleaning, organizing, home staging, and cleaning for move-outs, all using an eco-friendly approach. Tel: 902.489.3379
Jenkins Organizing Services - provides organizing services, consulting, and planning to veterans that have been diagnosed with PTSD, seniors, women in transition, families, individuals, students, certified coaches and counselors, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and various charity organizations. Phone: 902.209.7034
Peaceful Places - provides organizing, downsizing, aging in place, and relocating services for seniors. Cheryl Myers RN, BScN, Senior Move Manager serves Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties. Contact her at 902.662.2498 or email@example.com
Colchester Food Bank - Food boxes are given out, or served, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tel; 902.893.4566.
Pictou County Food Bank East - Located in Pictou. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Call 902.755.2906.
Shumilacke Food Bank - Located in Shubenacadie. Open Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Call 902.758.1701.
Grocery Delivery/Shopping Services
Atlantic Superstore - provides online shopping and delivery services at the following locations:
- Elmsdale - 902.883.1180
- Amherst - 902.661.0703
- Truro - 902. 895.4306
- New Glasgow - 902.928.0066
- Antigonish - 902.863.6711
Busy Bee Emporium - Truro's only online product & delivery service. They deliver right to your home or office door, Areas covered: Truro, Bible Hill, Millbrook, Valley (areas), Onslow, North River, Salmon River.
Hubtown Delivery Services Serving Colchester County, they provide a variety of delivery services from groceries, to pharmacy orders, to car parts! Call 902.897.9892 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
i ALWAYS deliver - provides grocery and other delivery services in Truro, Stewiacke, and East Hants. Contact them for more information about rates and to discuss your needs. 902.718.7068 or email@example.com
The Shopping Bag - helps people in need to get their errands or shopping done. Serves urban and rural Pictou County. Call 902.301.5262 for details.
FIX-IT Concepts - specializes in home adaptations that allow you to stay at home longer, e.g. ramps, grab bars, and other medical accessories. Smaller and seasonal jobs also offered. Covers Truro and surrounding areas & the Northumberland Shore.
Meal Programs / Prepared Meal Services
Canso and Area Meals on Wheels - Delivers nutritious meals to people in need and will specialize food according to dietary needs. Call for more info: 902.366.2794 or 902.366.3030
Meals on Wheels Highcrest - Springhill - Based in Springhill, this program provides nutritious meals to people in need. Visit their website or call: 902.597.2797
Meals and More! - offers an easy way for individuals to have tasty, easy to prepare, nutritious meals. Susan Kastuk-Ridlington, Registered Dietitian, and her team have been providing a unique service of delivering meals in Amherst since 1996. Arrangements can be made for delivery outside of Amherst. Tel: 506.536.8102. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals on Wheels Pictou: The Maritime Oddfellows Home delivers prepared and nutritious cold meals that need to be heated to clients in need aged 55 and older. Call for more info: 902.485.5492 x4.
Truro Meals on Wheels - Delivers complete hot meals to qualifying clients at their homes Tuesdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Call to register: 902.893.2523 or 902.895.2371
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as Meals on Wheels (Frozen Favourites). They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit their website or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
Willow Lodge - Meals on Wheels - Provides nutritious meals to people in need three times a week to qualifying clients within a 5km radius of Tatamagouche Village. Visit their website or call: 902.657.3101 ext 29
Medi-Clin Blood Collection Service - Convenient and professional, Medi-Clin Blood Collection Service has been providing blood collection to Pictou County residents at home, work and in residential care since 1991. Phone 902.485.1942
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia - a directory of individuals who provide mobile cosmetology services such as hairdressing, esthetics, pedicures, manicures, artificial nails, eyelash extensions, hair removal, make-up, facials, etc. The Cosmetologists on this website are licensed, hold a business permit, and are in good standing with the Cosmetology Association.
House Call Hygienist - is a mobile hygiene dental service that offers services on the Northumberland Shore in your setting of choice: home, office, long-term care and assisted living residences. Call 902.406.1919.
Bonnie Enns Foot Care Service - Bonnie serves the Stewiacke area. Contact her at: 902.639.1926
DownHome Foot Care - Linda Matthews is an LPN who offers private foot care in Amherst and surrounding areas. Call her at 902.397.3338.
Foot Care on the Go... - Sherri Jonah provides in-home foot care services in Amherst, Springhill, Parrsboro, River Hebert, and Joggins. Call her at 902.694.4665 for more information.
Lynn McCara is a foot care nurse at HealthWalks in New Glasgow. She can be booked for in-home foot care by calling 902.755.6975.
Wendy Dewtie, LPN, delivers foot care in your home in Pictou County. She can be reached at 902.396.7733.
Hair & There Mobile Hairstyling - Master Hairstylist Kelly Desmond provides services in the Truro area. Contact her: 902.896.6030
Liz's Senior Mobile Haircare - Master Cosmetologist Liz Thompson provides senior hairstyling services in the Truro area. Contact Theresa at 902.401.4762 or email email@example.com for more information.
Summit Hair Studio and Mobile Services - Owner/Stylist Shelly Jamieson offers professional mobile hair services to all of Cumberland County. Please note: Shelly works Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Contact her for more information: 902.667.7700
Allied Therapy - is a private practice offering speech-language pathology and occupational therapy in the Pictou area. Appointments with Allied Therapy occur virtually, in your home, or somewhere in the community. Visit their website to find out more.
Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment
Personal Alert Services
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.
Lifeline Canada - Feel more secure both at home or on the go with AutoAlert automatic fall detection technology. To learn more about how Lifeline can help you remain living independently, call Catherine Connolly at 1.800.387.8120, ext. 7057 or Lifeline at 1.800.LIFELINE (1.800.543.3546).
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.
MedReady - is a programmable medication dispensing device that promotes adherence to daily medication regimens. It contains a tray with individual compartments that can hold up to 28 doses of medication and can accommodate up to four doses of medication a day. MedReady will automatically notify the person when it is time to take their medication at the specified time. Visit www.lifeline.ca to find out more.
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.
Project Lifesaver - a program dedicated to assisting and responding to the challenge to caregivers of finding wandering or bolting loved ones who may suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, Autism or any other special needs requirements. To find out more information or to register call 902.365.3362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RCMP - Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security.
Telus Health Medical Alert System - A personal emergency response system; access to 24/7 emergency support at home or on the go.
Home Health Equipment (to purchase or rent)
Bridgevalley Home Health Care - Toll-free: 1-.844.543.8968. Provides home health care, accessibility, mobility, and rehab products throughout mainland Nova Scotia.
Canadian Red Cross - Their Health Equipment Loan Program provides Canadians with short-term loans of health equipment on a donation basis. Services vary based on location. From the Health Equipment Loans area of their website, enter the appropriate information into the "Find Local Services" box, then click "Find Services Near You".
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.
Lawton's Home HealthCare - To find a Lawton's Home HealthCare department near you, go to lawtons.ca/stores. This brings you to the Store Locator screen with a map of Lawton's locations. Below the map at the right, click the Services and Departments button and choose "Home HealthCare". The list of stores below the map will be updated to include stores with home healthcare services.
Wellspan Research and Design - focuses on product development in the areas of health products and assistive products for our aging population. Wellspan’s user-centered design focuses on meeting the needs of the people that use the product or service, whether it is developing new products or improving existing ones. Call 902.402.1912 or email email@example.com.
Recreational Respite - promotes inclusion, encourages community participation, and nurtures social connectivity for children, youth, and adults with disabilities and mental illness. They provide recreation-based program planning for individuals, which allows the caregiver to access respite time. They also offer virtual services in small groups, one-to-one, and Build It Workshops that aim to provide social connection, independent skill mastery, and recreation exploration for children, youth, and adults.
Respiteservices.com - provides resources regarding respite options for individuals with differing abilities and their families. They have a database of respite workers and of families looking for respite care. They have a respite coordinator for each region of the province who will assist families in developing a respite plan to meet the needs of their children with developmental disabilities. They will also provide families with information on respite services available within the province of Nova Scotia. Visit their website to find out more.
Respite Support - RespiteNS.ca is a unique platform designed to facilitate respite opportunities that empower families and individuals to live their best life. They aim to facilitate successful respite matches that allow and support individuals to live their lives more fully at home, in the community, and beyond.
CHAD Transit - is an on-demand door to door service for Pictou County residents who require transportation assistance - persons with disabilities, seniors, or anyone with transportation challenges.
Colchester Transportation Cooperative Limited (CTCL) - is a community-based, non-profit transportation cooperative operating in Colchester County. It meets the needs of all persons - persons with disabilities, seniors and non-disabled persons.
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.
Cumberland County Transportation Services Society (CCTS) - is a non-profit community-run service for those Cumberland residents whose personal circumstances and location make it difficult for them to secure transportation.
East Hants Community Rider - "We believe in equal opportunities." A non-profit rural transportation service committed to providing safe, cost-effective transportation. Making Life Accessible.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Morier's Accessible Taxi Service - operates throughout Nova Scotia and other areas by request. His vehicle has a child seat and boosters. Contact Terry at: 902.476.1838 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) (links to the national site) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as transportation and volunteer visiting, all to enhance each client's quality of life. They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit the website and click on the Find a VON menu at the top left of the page, or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
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.
Other Support Services
CANdid Access - The Candid Access web map is an online platform to share photos and information about the accessibility of your community. This is a project that was started by the PEACH (Planning for Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health) Research Unit through Dalhousie University's School of Planning.
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
Diabetes NS - Nova Scotia Health has launched a new website to help people living with Type 2 diabetes. This new website has five modules to provide Nova Scotians with standardized information about living well with diabetes. Modules include: learning about diabetes, tips for managing diabetes, getting help, finding a diabetes care and education program, and other wellness programs and resources. If a person cannot access the modules online, they can contact their nearest Nova Scotia Health Diabetes Education Centre and make arrangements to obtain the materials.
Good Grief Halifax - offering counselling services to residents of Nova Scotia. Sessions are conducted by Registered Counselling Therapist Tara Field.
March of Dimes - After Stroke Program provides stroke survivors and their families with personalized stroke recovery and support services. They provide person-to-person support, educational opportunities, and innovative community-based programs to address the needs and concerns of the stroke survivor and their family, from the time spent in the hospital and throughout the transition home and back into the community. Services include peer support, goal setting and planning, coordination and navigation, stroke-focused education and training. March of Dimes also offers online peer support programs for stroke survivors and caregivers, a family caregiver webinar series, and an aphasia peer connect program. Contact Beth Lynch, the After Stroke Coordinator, at 902-219-0970 or at email@example.com for more information.
March of Dimes - Hi, Tech! Program offers a tech support volunteer coach to provide support and answer technology questions to persons over 18 and living with a disability. They also offer a Connect and Share Program matching eligible persons with a virtual buddy for regular "visits". Contact Beth Lynch at 902.219.0970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health and Addictions - A website where Nova Scotians can access mental health and addiction support. Explore information, resources, and connect with help 24/7. They also have a helpful reference tool for online help.
PACE Wellness - Evelena Beaton is a registered dietician who has worked in long-term care for 17 years. She now has a private practice with a focus on seniors' nutrition, offering nutritional counseling and chair yoga for seniors. She is able to counsel clients virtually in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador. Contact her at 902.802.9944 or email@example.com for more information.
Red Bear Healing Home - a registered non-profit organization that provides education and services for, by, and about people who are economically and socially disadvantaged in Nova Scotia. Red Bear Connects provides free voice mail, information, resources, referrals, friendly listening, peer support, navigation, and other services for people in need mostly by phone, but in-person support can be accommodated when requested. Free used cell phones and household necessities are also distributed when available. If you want to connect with these services, you can sign up by calling 902.488.4744, 1.855.466.4994 (if using a payphone), or 211. It takes less than 10 minutes to sign up.
Roy Ellis - Roy is a therapist who provides grief and trauma counseling. He is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CSCP) with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. He provides in-person therapy sessions in Halifax and Dartmouth and virtual sessions via Zoom. He charges $150/hour (HST included). Contact Roy at 902.830.5225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoughtful Changes - This is a non-profit organization that offers affordable, quickly-accessible counseling services for individuals in Nova Scotia who have financial barriers to accessing mental health supports. Services are provided online by Registered Counselling Therapists or Social Workers who have a Master's degree. Email them at email@example.com or call them at 902.932.7122 to find out more.
Wellness Together Canada - Seniors and caregivers: are you experiencing stress, isolation, and anxiety? You are not alone. Wellness Together Canada (WTC) is just a call or click away, and it offers free and confidential online mental health and substance use supports, available 24/7. If you need someone to talk to, Wellness Together Canada is there for you in over 200 languages and it’s free! For more information on confidential mental health and substance use support, visit wellnesstogether.ca or call 1.866.585.0445.