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.
- Home Care Providers
- Private/Companion/Personal Support
- Downsizing/Decluttering/House Cleaning
- Food Banks
- Health Professionals/Mental Health Services
- Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery
- Mobile Services
- Personal Safety Devices/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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always Home Homecare - provides live-in care services across the province (also known as the Newfoundland Ladies). Call 1.855.904.4400 for more information.
Annapolis Valley Home Care Ltd. - Serving Windsor to Digby and surrounding areas. Annapolis Valley Home Care offers confidential, comforting home care that provides peace of mind to seniors and their families. They can provide personal care, meal prep, light housekeeping, companionship, errands, transportation, medication reminders, foot care, palliative care, respite care, and dementia care. Tel: 1.888.765.7544.
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.
HimCare - offers specialized home care for men by men in the Annapolis Valley. Services can include meal preparation, personal care, recreation programming, outings/appointment management, behavior/crisis management, respite care, etc. Call them at 902.680.6048 to learn more.
IteroCare - providing care for ALL areas of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and PEI. iTeroCare Inc. was created to provide Private In-Home Healthcare to all Canadians. Email email@example.com for more information.
Lean On Me Combination Care - Covers all of West Hants. Services include personal senior care, respite services, 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.
Osprey Angels Home Care Services - Compassionate caregivers who aim to assist seniors with independent living while feeling safe and well cared for. Services range from compassionate care, respite, and sitting services in hospitals and nursing homes, to housekeeping, meal prep, errands, grocery shopping, and personal grooming. Serving the Valley and surrounding areas. Contact 902.678.5393.
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
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 - provides 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. Care is available 24-hr/7 days a week. Call 902.543.1727 or 1.888.543.1727 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to discuss your personalized care plan.
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
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
Health Professionals/Mental Health Services
Flourish Occupational Therapy - Maddie is a private, community-based occupational therapist. She has years of experience working with individuals who live in both independent and supported environments. She is dedicated and passionate about supporting individuals to live safely and happily in their homes and recognizes the major impact caregivers have on the quality of life of the individuals they support. Maddie specializes in home safety assessments as well as caregiver education. She is committed to providing accessible and equitable services to all Nova Scotians and offers discounted hourly wages for those facing financial barriers. Maddie offers services across Nova Scotia. Visit www.flourishoccupationaltherapy.com or call Maddie directly at 902.402.4209 for more information.
Good Grief Halifax - offering counselling services to residents of Nova Scotia. Sessions are conducted by Registered Counselling Therapist Tara Field.
Healing the Loss Grief Support - Hilary offers compassionate and understanding support in a safe, confidential environment in person or online. You are able to share your loss with someone who has extensive lived experience with many kinds of loss and who "gets it." She may be able to offer a sliding scale to those who cannot afford her services at full cost. She also has a Pay it Forward Program. Learn more about how Hilary can help you through your grief and loss on her website here.
Hospice Halifax has compiled a list of counseling services available in NS. They note when sessions can be provided for free or at a reduced cost.
Live Well Physiotherapy - offering physiotherapy and occupational therapy for elders virtually throughout Nova Scotia. Our clinicians have 10+ years of experience serving elders and strive to provide the best possible healthcare experience. They can help with rehab from an injury, surgery, fractures, heart disease, cancer, stroke, Parkinson's disease, arthritis, amputation, concussions, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, vertigo, incontinence, and other health challenges. They make equipment recommendations, provide fall risk and home safety assessments, design personalized exercise programs, and offer caregiver and family education. Contact them at 902.877.6608 or email@example.com for more information.
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.
Move At Home Physiotherapy - Based in Windsor, Move At Home Physiotherapy provides one-on-one physiotherapy care for individuals in the comfort of their own homes from Mount Uniacke to Kentville and surrounding areas. They work with clients who have neurological conditions, chronic conditions, chronic arthritis, mobility impairments, clients who are at risk of falls, anyone who is preparing for and/or recovering from surgery, and anyone who has experienced a decline in their function/mobility and are looking to maximize their safety and independence at home or in the community. Check out their website and call (902.799.1568) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more.
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.
Peer Support Phone Service - Peer Support Nova Scotia offers a toll-free non-crisis line that is open to Nova Scotians aged 18+ who are struggling in some areas of their lives. Trained peer supporters with lived experience of mental health struggles, substance use, or other life challenges are available to listen and support people who call in with non-urgent issues. The line is open Wednesday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. The toll-free number is 1.800.307.1686.
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 non-profit organization 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.
Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery
Heart to Home Meals - offers frozen meals delivered right to your door and they can even put them in the freezer for you! Their menu has standard-sized meals, mini versions for smaller appetites, hearty versions for larger appetites, a range of delicious minced or pureed meals as well as meals that have controlled levels of potassium and phosphorus. Call 902.444.2230 for more information or visit their website to order online.
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.
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.
OAB+ Blood Collection - offers professional, private, affordable blood collection at your home, place of business, or clinic in Canning. Blood collection is performed by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), Independent Phlebotomists, or Medical Lab Technicians (MLTs). Currently serving communities throughout Kings County. Call 902.680.8747 for more information.
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.
Sweet Valley Smile Dental Hygiene Care - Karen Fletcher owns this mobile dental hygiene clinic. She travels throughout the Annapolis Valley providing dental hygiene care to people in their own homes or in long-term care. Contact Karen at 902.848.1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
Other Support Services
The Bloom Program - The Bloom Program is a community pharmacy initiative designed to increase and improve mental health and addictions care for Nova Scotians. Anyone with a Nova Scotia Health card who has one or more mental health or addiction diagnoses AND a medication problem that they would like to work on with their pharmacist can participate in this program. There is no cost to you to participate, there is no waitlist, you will receive one-on-one care and patient advocacy from your pharmacist, you will receive access to and information about community mental health and addiction resources, and you will receive help managing medication-related issues. Check to see if there is a participating pharmacy location near you: https://bloomprogram.ca/pharmacies/.
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.
ElderDog - provides services free of charge to seniors to aid them in the care of their canine companions. Volunteers provide services such as walking, feeding, and minor grooming. The organization can also help in placement if a senior has to move and give up their dog.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
MMC Legal Services - Nova Scotia’s only disability-focused law firm. Located in the Annapolis Valley, they offer legal advice and services to individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Nova Scotia. Call 902.680.6710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
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.
Tetra Society of North America - Tetra recruits volunteers who work with clients to design and build assistive devices that are custom-made for the individual – these are devices that are either not available commercially or cost-prohibitive. As a non-profit organization, Tetra raises funds to deliver this program, including covering the costs of volunteer travel and materials for devices up to $500 per project. Call 1.877.688.8762 or email HalifaxNS@Tetrasociety.org to find out more.
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.