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Residential Care provides government-subsidized, facility-based, personal care services to residents who can no longer live on their own with family support or home care.

Services include accommodation, meals, security, laundry, housekeeping and activities; as well as assistance with grooming, hygiene and medication administration.

All Residential Care Facilities in Nova Scotia are licensed to operate and regulated by the Department of Health and Wellness, Continuing Care Division. The amount of subsidization eligibility is normally based on a means-tested ability to pay.

How to apply for Residential Care in Nova Scotia

Residential Care Locations

Annapolis Royal

Residential Care and Nursing Care on beautiful expansive grounds in the Lequille area of the Historic town of Annapolis Royal — close to all amenities and services.

Annapolis Royal Details

Port Hawkesbury

A 66-bed home in Nova Scotia centrally-located on extensive landscaped grounds and is near all services and amenities in Port Hawkesbury.

Port Hawkesbury Details

Pictou

A 53-bed nursing home in Pictou, Nova Scotia located on spacious grounds in a country like setting but still close to all services and amenities in Pictou.

Pictou Details

Good to Know

How much does it cost to live in a MacLeod Cares Residential Care Facility?

Residential Care costs are shared by you and the provincial government. The Department of Health and Wellness pays for the health care costs and you pay for your accommodation costs and personal expenses.

The Department sets standard accommodation charges annually. Those who are able to pay the full standard accommodation charge are not required to complete a financial assessment. Those who cannot pay the standard accommodation charge can apply to have their rate reduced through an income-based financial assessment.

Learn more about paying for Long-Term Care in Nova Scotia >>

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for Residential Care or Nursing Care in Nova Scotia?

To apply for residency in a Residential Care Facility or a Nursing Home, contact Continuing Care, toll-free at 1-800-225-7225 to find out about the application process, to arrange for a Care Coordinator to assess your care needs, and to identify the best method of having your needs met.

What does Long-Term Care refer to in Nova Scotia?

Long-Term Care facilities are licensed and funded by the Department of Health and Wellness to provide services for people who need ongoing care; either on a long-term basis (permanent placement) or a short-term basis (respite care).

There are two types of Long-Term Care available in Nova Scotia:

  • Residential Care Facilities

    (Residential Care, Level 2)

  • Nursing Homes

    (Nursing Care, Level 3)

All seven MacLeod Cares homes in Nova Scotia offer Nursing Care. Four of our locations also offer Residential Care within the same facility.

What are Residential Care Facilities?

When Home Care does not meet the needs of a person and Nursing Home care is not required, a Residential Care Facility may be the solution. Residential Care Facilities provide people with personal care, supervision and accommodation in a safe and supportive environment. People living in Residential Care Facilities must have the ability to self-evacuate in the event of an emergency.

What are Nursing Homes?

Nursing Homes are important options for people who have difficulty performing everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing and toileting. Nursing Home placement is appropriate for people who are medically stable but have nursing needs that cannot be met through home care.

What services do Residential Care Facilities and Nursing Homes provide?

Residential Care Facilities provide assistance with personal care such as, bathing and dressing, and reminders about daily routines. Personal care and supervision are provided by Residential Care Workers who are available on site at all times.

Nursing Homes provide nursing and personal care on a 24-hour basis including care given under the supervision of a nurse, administration of medication and assistance with daily living. Other services may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and recreation.

For both Residential Care Facilities and Nursing Homes, the staff administer all medications for residents. The facilities have medical advisors but residents may continue to visit their family doctor. Residents usually have private bedrooms or share with one other person. Common spaces include dining and living areas, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. Residents are served three meals per day and snacks. Menus consider the resident’s preferences, can accommodate special diets, and follow Canada’s Food Guide.

How do I know if my personal care needs can be met in Residential Care versus Nursing Care?

Completion of the provincial government’s Assessment can determine the appropriate place for you or your loved one. The Assessment will describe physical and mental health challenges. 

What happens if I move into Residential Care, then become ill and require Nursing Care?

Because many MacLeod Cares facilities in Nova Scotia offer both levels of service, you could transfer to Nursing Care within the same facility when a bed becomes available.

Are Residential Care and Nursing Care homes inspected by government?

MacLeod Cares homes operate under a license issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Continuing Care Division. The Department’s licensing decisions are informed by inspection results and this requires the facility to comply with all the established rules as governed by the Community Care Facilities and Nursing Homes Act, Nursing Home Regulations, Operational and Care Service Standards Manual for Private Nursing Homes, and the Continuing Care Division’s Policy and Standards. Residents’ care is carried out by or under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The type of care provided involves skilled professional assessments and observation on a 24-hour basis. All inspection reports are public documents available on-line.

What does it cost to live at a MacLeod Cares Residential Care or Nursing Care residence?

Residential Care or Nursing Care costs are shared by you and the provincial government. The Department of Health and Wellness pays for the health care costs and you pay your accommodation costs and personal expenses.

The Department of Health and Wellness sets standard accommodation charges annually. Those who are able to pay the full standard accommodation charge are not required to complete a financial assessment. Those who cannot pay the standard accommodation charge can apply to have their rate reduced through an income based financial assessment

Learn more about Paying for Long Term Care

What are the financial requirements upon admission?
  • Current month’s room and board charges from the day of admission to month end. After admission, accommodation charges will be debited directly from your bank on the first banking day of each month.
  • Accommodation charges are paid in advance.
  • Void check for setting up automatic debit for monthly room and board charges.
  • An amount of money for the resident to access for incidental purchases. This is called the Personal Use Account or PUA. If the family is managing this spending, PUA is not required. This can be any amount as needed to cover requirements.
  • A photocopy of any Power of Attorney documents including Personal Directives concerning health care.
  • Provincial Health Card to be retained by the facility.
What services are typically included?

Insured Services

Insured Services are included as part of the daily accommodation charge. The following is a list of services normally covered. Please check the Department of Health and Wellness, Continuing Care Division website for the most up-to-date information.

  • Nursing and personal care on a 24 hour basis, including care given by a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse
  • The administration of medications and assistance with activities of daily living
  • Medical Care
  • Physician and Pharmacy Services
  • Laboratory tests ordered by a Physician
  • Dietician Services
  • Supplies and equipment for personal hygiene and grooming, including but not limited to skin care lotions, shampoos, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, denture cups and cleansers, toilet tissue, hair brushes and combs
  • Meal service and meals including three meals daily, snacks between meals and at bedtime, special and therapeutic diets, dietary supplements, and assistive devices for eating
  • Social, recreational and physical activities and programs, including related supplies and equipment
  • Laundry, including labeling, machine washing and drying of personal clothes
  • Bedding and linen including mattresses, pillows, wash towels and wash cloths
  • Standard room furniture
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Pastoral Care Services
What services are optional?

MacLeod Cares strives to provide services and programs that meet your needs while enhancing your health and well-being. Uninsured service may be available on a fee-for-service basis. Residents and family members can make arrangements with the business office for automatic electronic funds transfer for most services.

Optional Services

Examples of services that may be available on a fee-for-service basis include:

  • Transportation and escort to outside medical appointments
  • Administration of prescription drugs not covered under the Pharmacare program as well as co-payment charges under this program
  • Certain non-prescription drugs
  • Hairdresser Services
  • Massage Therapy
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (insured services may be available)
  • Telephone, Cable and Internet
  • Ambulance charges
  • Clothing, footwear
  • Dental services including dentures
  • Hearing tests and aids, eye examinations and eyeglasses.
  • Specialized wheelchairs, walkers or other assistive devices
  • Personal care items preferred by the resident, such as special brands of soaps or shampoos
Who owns MacLeod Cares?

MacLeod Cares homes are owned by the MacLeod Group. Founded in 1984 by Brian MacLeod and his family, our founders’ vision is to provide the highest standard of care with the feeling of home. We now own and operate homes in 12 communities located throughout the Maritimes and care for over 600 seniors with a dedicated staff of over 1,000 people.

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