The following private home care and other services are available in the Western Region (including the South Shore, South West, and part of Digby County) 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
- Grocery Shopping/Delivery Services
- Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery
- Mobile Services
- Personal Alert Services/Home Health Equipment
- Respite Care
- Foot 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
Almost Family Respite and Home Care - provides respite, light cleaning, shopping, meal preparation, medication reminders, personal care, and transportation in Halifax Regional Municipality, Lunenburg County, and West Hants.
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.
Care.com - Helps match individuals with paid care providers based on location and service needs.
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 902.530.6205.
Heart to Heart In-Home Care - Based in Chester Basin, Heart to Heart provides a range of home care services such as nursing, medication management, meal prep, and more. Call 902.275.1416 or visit their website.
Home Instead Senior Care - Their mission is to enable seniors to live happy, healthy, and independent lives in their homes. Home Instead, Inc. offers personal care services, hospice care support, and many other care needs. Their services are tailored to meet unique needs and preferences. For more information call 902.429.2273
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.
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
Scotia Personnel - Province-wide referrals of private home care providers or housekeepers. 24-hr care is available. Call them at 902.422.1455
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 1.888.543.1727 for more information.
Companion / Personal Support/ Errands
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.
Grocery Shopping / Delivery Services
Freshmart - New Germany - Provides a volunteer grocery delivery service to residents who are unable to shop or do not have transportation. Orders are taken on Tuesday from 9 am to 12 pm. Call 902.644.3272 to place an order.
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.
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.
Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment
Personal Alert Services
Be Safer at Home - Contact Spears & MacLeod Pharmasave in Yarmouth about this personal emergency response system. Tel: 902.742.7825.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A Bus For Us - Connect to Maritime Bus’ one-trip-in, one-trip-out South Shore/Halifax 4 days per week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday) using local services like VON “ON the Move”, Queens Transit, Bridgewater Senior Wheels, Bridgewater Transit & Chester Community Wheels. Schedules can change, please check to ensure times, etc., are up-to-date. The listed pricing includes all fees and taxes. For more info visit www.maritimebus.com or call 1-800-575-1807.
Chester Community Wheels - provides connections for individuals to downtown Chester and to the area's major medical centres. Passengers use Community Wheels for shopping, errands, family/friend visits, special events, and more. Call them at 902.275.5585
Cloud 9 Shuttle - is an Arcadia-based shuttle service providing affordable & pet-friendly transportation services between Halifax and Yarmouth. Call them at 902.742.3992.
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.
Hope Dial-A-Ride - offers accessible door-to-door transportation services for residents of the town of Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, and the Municipality of Argyle. Whether it is for medical appointments, personal errands, business meetings, social/recreational functions, or educational opportunities they will help. Call 902.742.6579 or email email@example.com for more information.
Le Transport de Clare Association - Provides transportation to and from medical appointments and social events. They cover all of Digby County, Clare, Weymouth, and points in-between Yarmouth and Halifax Stanfield Airport. For reservations call 902.769.2477 or toll-free: 1.888.769.2477.
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) - 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.
Bay Foot Care - Marilyn Sapelak MacDonald retired RN. Contact 902.233.8595.
Dan Cox - Private foot care clinics in Chester, Mahone Bay, and Tantallon. Contact 902.277.0408.
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 addictions 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.