NDP gives more choices for seniors to stay in their homes longer

September 17, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Today Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will create a Provincial Advisor on Seniors to develop a coordinated approach to better meet the needs of seniors in Nova Scotia.


“Dr. John Ross recently said that Nova Scotia needs more vision to deal with the growing number of seniors,” said Dexter. “I agree. The Provincial Advisor on Seniors will listen and advise how to best take a collaborative approach to meet the needs of our seniors, just as Dr. Ross did for emergency health services.”

Dexter highlighted this year’s new Enhanced Supportive Care Program to help more seniors stay in their homes longer. The new program will help low-income seniors with cognitive impairments with up to $800 a month for personal care, respite, snow removal or housekeeping.

“The NDP is standing up for seniors and putting their needs first. Supportive care is one of many new steps that help our most vulnerable seniors live more independently and make the best choices for themselves and their family,” said the NDP leader.

“Today’s seniors helped build our province. The NDP will work with seniors and the new Provincial Advisor on Seniors to make sure our seniors are not forced into a one-size-fits-all system. The NDP will work with seniors and their families to make sure the services are meeting their individual needs.”

These initiatives are in addition to expanding the Home Care Program to help 3,000 more seniors get the support they need to live at home longer. Currently 24,000 Nova Scotians use home care service ever year. “I’ve had home care for three years now and I don’t know where I’d be without it,” said 78-year-old Peggy Flemming of Halifax.

“The NDP is the only party that is talking about seniors in this election. I think expanding home care is a great idea and I’m so happy to see our Premier announce this here today.”

The new home care spaces will be available across the province over the next five years. Improvement of home care and caregiver services began soon after the 2009 election. This year’s new Enhanced Supportive Care Program is part of major improvements to home care launched in 2012.

“Stephen McNeil and the Liberals have no plan for seniors. Instead, the Liberals are promising to repeat their disastrous approach of centralization, bed closures and lay-offs,” said Dexter. “This would again cause chaos in patient care and make seniors like Peggy just another number on a bureaucrat’s spreadsheet. The NDP is standing up for seniors like Peggy, and committed to delivering better health care where and when they need it.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.