Seniors Navigator – New Program will Help Seniors Access Services

August 26, 2013

Seniors will have help understanding and accessing programs and services that help them continue to live independently with a new group of community-based experts.

The Seniors Navigators Program will make it easier for older Nova Scotians to get the help they need to stay in their homes and communities longer, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, Aug. 26.

“There are a variety of programs and services available to protect and support seniors of all ages,” said Premier Dexter. “But some seniors were still missing out. Either they had trouble navigating the system or were simply unaware of programs that could help them plan for down the road.

“This new program will connect people who know what’s out there with people who need support, making it easier and less stressful for seniors and their families to take advantage of the supports available to them.”

Seniors will be able to call on navigators to assess their needs and guide them through the process of accessing help.

“As a senior myself, and a very active member of my community, it is wonderful to see a program that will help seniors remain informed while working to provide comfort and help when needed,” said Alma Johnston, vice-president of the Federation of Seniors and Pensioners. “It is always good to know you have someone to call when you need advice, information or help.”

Navigators can also be a big help for younger seniors who want to plan for changes to their homes and lifestyles while they are still very much able.

“If Nova Scotians know about programs they can begin making changes a little bit at a time,” said Premier Dexter. “That way when they really need things like tub bars or a wheelchair ramp, that infrastructure is already in place, avoiding a possible crisis that could impede their ability to maintain and stay in their own homes.”

Over the next few months the province will consult with seniors, organizations and communities across the province to develop details of the program.

“Sometimes physical limitations, medical conditions or even transportation issues can prevent seniors from getting help,” said Bill Poole, president of Community Links. “Having someone take the time to explain what’s available and help make connections or finish paperwork can really make a difference to a senior.”

Navigators will be available in Nova Scotia starting in 2014.