13 Mar Supporting Nova Scotia Seniors and Caregivers
We understand seniors want to live in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible.
Caregivers provide tremendous support to their loved ones, and by expanding the Caregiver Benefit Program, we can ease the financial responsibility often associated with caregiving and allow more Nova Scotians to live in their homes longer.
About 600 more Nova Scotians will receive support for providing care to adults living at home through this expansion.
Until now, the program has offered $400 a month to those who provide unpaid care for 20 or more hours per week to an adult with very high care needs. The eligibility criteria is being expanded to include people who help care for those assessed as having high to very high care needs.This could include individuals who have a combination of:
- moderate to significant memory loss, problems with decision-making and communication that affect daily functioning
- high level of physical impairment
- many challenges in managing their personal needs
- serious behavioural problems
- a high risk of falls
- a high risk of long–term care placement
The expansion is effective immediately, and there are currently 1,979 caregivers enrolled in the program.
The financial eligibility criteria remains the same. If single, the person receiving care must have a net annual income of $22,125 or less. If married or common-law, a total net household income of $37,209 or less is needed to qualify.
This is phase one of your Liberal government’s plan to increase access to the program. More details on phase two will be provided in Spring 2019.