Our government recognizes the need to modernize continuing care, to provide increased choice and flexibility tailored to the individual needs of our seniors. The vision for continuing care in Nova Scotia is one where people have the support and choice to live well in the places they call home.
The Liberal Government’s vision of a modernized strategy for continuing care is built upon three key components:
Flexible and client-centric care – a system that is inclusive, flexible and built around diverse client needs.
Service Excellence – delivering care to Nova Scotians in a modern, comfortable environment, while supporting more effective and consistent services.
Workforce Growth & Sustainability – building a skilled and resilient workforce that is representative and respectful of the people that we serve.
The broad suite of investments our government is making to fundamentally redesign the continuing care sector, supported by the Blueprint for Change strategy include:
- Home Care Re-design
- Caregiver Benefit Expansion
- Long-term Care Infrastructure Renewal
- Modernizing legislation
- Blueprint Roadmap
Historic Investments in Continuing Care
The Rankin Government believes that seniors and individuals who require care should be able to receive a broad range of services and supports in their community while remaining in their homes for as long as possible. Nova Scotia’s budget for continuing care supports, including both home care and long-term care now stands at over $1 billion annually, the highest level of investment in history.
Our Government recently invested in enhancements to the Caregiver Benefit Program, extending access to services that allow Nova Scotians to stay in their homes longer while receiving appropriate care.
We have also improved access to Home Care services by adjusting the low-income threshold for home care. This made supports for low-income seniors more affordable, and allows them to remain in their homes to receive care. Our government has provided an additional $3.05 million per year for these programs to improve access to home care for an additional 1600 Nova Scotians per year.
The Rankin government will also establish a province-wide advisory council of long-term care residents, home care clients and their families and caregivers to advise on improved policies and procedures for continuing care in Nova Scotia.
Investing in renewed Long-Term Care Infrastructure
The Liberal Government has made historic investments to rejuvenate Nova Scotia’s long term care sector. This year’s cumulative commitment of $152.6 million will create new capacity across Nova Scotia, the largest single long-term care investment in our history. 500 new beds will be added to our system capacity in the communities with the greatest demand – reducing the average wait time for placement in long term care to 60 days – in addition to renovating 1,998 existing beds for a total of 2498 modernized beds across 24 facilities, from one end of the province to the other.
This investment is about much more than bricks and mortar, it is about providing dignity and comfort to our seniors by creating a warm and welcoming home where they will receive high quality care.
Caring for our residents in long term care requires additional investment in our care providers, and into the dedicated health care professionals who serve our seniors both at home and in long term care.