Caregiver Benefit

Continuing Care

Caregiver Benefit

The Caregiver Benefit recognizes the important role of caregivers in their efforts to assist loved ones and friends. The program is intended for caregivers of low income adults who have a high level of disability or impairment, as determined by a Home Care assessment. If the caregiver and the care recipient both qualify for the program, the caregiver will receive $400 per month.

Eligibility Checklist

The person receiving care must:

  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • Be a Nova Scotia resident.
  • Be in a care relationship with a caregiver.
  • Have a net annual income of $22,125 or less if single, or a total net household income of $37,209 or less, if married or common-law.
  • Have been assessed by a Care Coordinator as having a very high level of impairment or disability requiring significant care over time.

The caregiver must:

  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • Be a Nova Scotia resident.
  • Be in an ongoing care relationship with the person receiving care, providing 20 or more hours of assistance per week.
  • Not already be receiving payment to provide assistance to the person for whom she/he is providing care.
  • Be willing to sign an agreement that defines the terms and conditions for receiving the Caregiver Benefit.

How does the Caregiver Benefit work?

Both the caregiver and the person for whom he/she provides care must meet the program’s eligibility criteria. The Care Coordinator determines eligibility through an assessment process. The Caregiver Benefit is reportable income so caregivers should contact Canada Revenue Agency for information about tax implications.

How do I know if I qualify for the program?

A Care Coordinator will meet with you to perform an assessment to identify your needs and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are deemed as having “very high care needs”, you will qualify for the program.

Applicants who are assessed as having very high care needs have some combination of:

  • Significant memory loss and memory problems that affect daily functioning.
  • Very high level of physical impairment.
  • Many challenges in managing their personal needs.
  • Serious behavioural problems.
  • A high risk of falls.
  • A high risk of institutionalization.

Do I qualify financially?

To qualify financially for the program, you must have a net household income of $22,125 or less if you’re single, or $37,209 or less if you’re married or common-law. “Net Income” is the income identified on Line 236 of the federal Income Tax Return or in the Notice of Assessment provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.

How do I apply for the Caregiver Benefit?

To apply, call Continuing Care, toll free at 1-800-225-7225. You, your caregiver or someone else (with your consent) can make an application. You will need to provide your name, Health Card Number and some additional information about your situation.

Policies and Standards

The  Department of Health and Wellness, Continuing Care Division has created  policies and monitoring standards to ensure that there is a consistent quality  of care for those who need services outside of the hospital, in  their home, or in the community.

Visit Policies and Standards page.