Valley Region

The following private home care and other services are available in the Valley Region (including Annapolis, Kings, and West Hants Counties, and Digby town) 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

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 alongsidehomecare@gmail.com.

Annapolis Valley Home Care Ltd. - Serving Windsor to Digby, offering confidential, comforting home care that provides peace of mind to seniors and their families. Tel: 902.765.6777.

Care.com - Helps match individuals with paid care providers based on location and service needs.

Careforce Home Care - From Windsor to Digby, compassionate, professional care in your home and beyond.

Helping Hand - is a home support agency located in Greenwood, NS. Their services include home care, nursing care, foot care, errands, respite, and more. All staff are screened and trained, as well as bonded and insured. Contact them at 506.639.5879 or 506.696.8871.

Lean On Me Combination Care - Covers all of West Hants. Sevices include personal senior care, respite services, house, and home care (cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering). Meal prep, events (with or for you), and errands. Tel: 902.790.1532

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.

Meraki Homecare - offers respite, errands/transportation, personal care, companionship, dementia care, foot care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, overnight stays, and medication reminders and monitoring. All staff are screened and must complete a criminal record and vulnerable sector check. They are located in Kings County and will travel from Wolfville to Bridgetown. They have a one hour minimum visit time. Contact them at 902.844.2064 to find out more.

RTJ Homecare Services - provide post-surgery assistance, physical disability support, dementia care, and more. Call 902.798.3018. Currently serving Hants County with plans to expand to Kings.

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

Seniors Home Care by Angels - provide services from Windsor to Digby. Their personalized senior care screening system helps make the process of finding a home care provider much easier and less stressful for all involved. Contact them: 1.833.538.5577 or 902.538.5577 or 902.825.6087

Stay at Home Care - Provide a range of services, including home, care, companionship services, and respite. Care is available 24-hr/7 days a week. Call 902.543.1727 or 1.888.543.1727 for more information.

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Private /Companion / Personal Support

Find a PDF list of private care providers here

Note: some of the providers listed under Home Care may also provide companionship services. Please contact them to find out.

Golden Living - Senior Lifestyle Support - Camryn offers lifestyle enrichment activities to seniors living in their own homes, as well as in-home non-medical support, companionship, and movement/exercise sessions. Camryn is committed to bringing a unique, fun, and personable experience to both the client and their family. Golden Living also hosts a wide range of programs and events for seniors living in the community. Camryn has a background in Therapeutic Recreation Gerontology and is a Certified Yoga Teacher. Her services are offered via packages that are explained on her website. She services all of HRM and is willing to travel to the Windsor area. Be sure to stay up to date with her social community events and programs as well! Contact her at 902.414.5722 or camryn@goldenliving.ca for more information and to discuss your personalized care plan.

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Downsizing/Decluttering/House Cleaning

Managed for You Inc - Helps seniors when downsizing and moving. Free consult and will work with the person to help manage the move and set up. Preferred area is Windsor to Middleton but will go further. Contact: Caroline Whitby 902.670.3332

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Food Banks

Annapolis Area Food Bank Society - For those needing food items for themselves or their care recipient.  Open the 2nd 3rd  Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tel: 902.532.5572.

Upper Room Food Bank - A community-supported foodbank in Kingston. Open Monday 10:00 am to noon and Wednesday 7:00 pm-8:45 pm. Tel: 902.765.0303

Fundy Interchurch Food Bank - Provides food items for individuals and families from New Minas, Kentville, Coldbrook and Aldershot. Open Thursdays 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. Tel: 902.538.4030

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Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as Meals on Wheels (Frozen Favourites), 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. 

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Mobile Services

Hair Stylists

Homestead Hair Mobile Salon - Based in Kentville, this mobile hair salon is a good solution for anyone needing or wanting the convenience of hair care at home. Call 902.599.3887.
 

Blood Collection

Errands by Karen - Karen is a retired medical lab technologist who offers in-home blood collection. She covers Brooklyn to Coldbrook and is Veterans Affairs approved. Contact Karen at: 902.790.2626.

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Personal Safety Devices / 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

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.

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 contactus@projectlifesaver.info

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

Bridgevalley Home Health Care - Toll-free: 1-.844.543.8968. Provides home health care, accessibility, mobility, and rehab products throughout mainland Nova Scotia.

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

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 wellspandesign@google.ca.

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Respite Care

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 group, one to one, and Build It Workshops that aim to provide social connection, independent skill mastery, and recreation exploration for children, youth, and adults.

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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.  

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.

Kings Point to Point Transit Society is a non-profit, community-based accessible transportation service for all residents of Eastern & Central Kings County, including seniors, those with disabilities and those in need. Contact them at: info@kppt.com or 902.281.6846.

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

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 at:  902.476.1838 or taxivanman@hotmail.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 info@tjsvanpool.com

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as transportation, 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. 

 

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

Good Grief Halifax - offering free counselling services to residents of Nova Scotia. Sessions are conducted by a Masters of Counselling Psychology practicum student who has completed all coursework and is working under the supervision of Registered Counselling Therapist Tara Field. They are seeking out clients who are facing depression, anxiety, grief, transition, relationship issues, and other challenges and who are ready to work toward their goals. *Update: they are not accepting clients for free counseling sessions until September.*

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 blynch@marchofdimes.ca

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.

NovaHope Cancer Coach Nurse - A Cancer Coach Nurse helps you and your family move forward beyond the cancer experience, into a place where you can feel more at ease. The Cancer Coach Nurse offers expertise as an oncology nurse with additional education in psychosocial oncology and health coaching. She also offers the opportunity for you to explore complementary support therapies. In-person appointments in 3 locations - Halifax, Annapolis Royal, Wolfville, home visits, and online. Contact 902.670.4673 or info@NovaHope.ca

Nova Scotia Foot Care Nurses - This website includes a directory of Foot Care Nurses throughout Nova Scotia, so you can locate a foot care nurse in your area.

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 info@evelenabeaton.com for more information.

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 roy@royfellis.com.

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.

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.

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