Allowance to Aid Caregivers

Department of Health (To Jan. 11)

August 11, 2009 9:22 AM

Eligible caregivers in Nova Scotia will be able to receive financial assistance which recognizes their important role and supports their efforts to assist loved ones and friends.

"We recognize the very important role that caregivers have in the lives of the people they care for," said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. "We know that caregivers need support themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their family members and friends."

To be eligible for the caregiver allowance of $400 per month, both the person who requires care and the person providing the care must meet certain program criteria.

The eligibility criteria for caregivers includes:
-- being 19 years of age or older and a Nova Scotia resident with a valid Nova Scotia health card number
-- providing 20 or more hours of assistance per week to a qualified care recipient

The eligibility criteria for care recipients includes:
-- being a resident of Nova Scotia and 19 years of age or older with a valid Nova Scotia health card number
-- having a high level of disability or impairment as demonstrated through completion of a home care assessment
-- an income review, because the allowance will only be provided to caregivers of recipients with low incomes

More information about the caregiver allowance is available at www.gov.ns.ca/health . Anyone wishing to apply for the program or for further information, can call the toll free line at 1-800-225-7225.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Eligible Nova Scotia caregivers will soon be able to receive

financial assistance from the province for the work they do to

support loved ones and friends.

     Caregivers and the person requiring care must both meet

certain criteria to be eligible for the 400 dollars per month

caregiver allowance.

     Eligibile caregivers must be residents of Nova Scotia, 19

years of age and older and provide 20 or more hours of assistance

a week to qualified care recipients.

     Eligible care recipients must be Nova Scotia residents, 19

years of age or older and have a high level of disability or

impairment. Their income will also be reviewed.

     More information about the allowance is available on the

Department of Health website or by calling the toll free line at

1-800-225-7225

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Media Contact: Brett Loney
              Department of Health
              902-424-3034
              E-mail: brett.loney@gov.ns.ca