News release

New Nursing Home Beds in Bedford

Government is adding 23 new long-term care beds to help meet the need caused by the pandemic.

The beds are necessary because some long-term care facilities have slowed or stopped admissions due to COVID-19.

“Long-term care facilities have worked hard at managing COVID-19, but the pandemic has increased the need for nursing home beds,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness. “This will help get Nova Scotians into the long-term care accommodations that they need.”

The province is entering into a two-year agreement with renewal option with Shannex RLC Ltd. to convert a floor at the Caritas Residence, a private assisted-living home in Bedford, into nursing home beds. Residents will be able to move into the facility in early June.


We are very pleased to provide a solution to help during these challenging times. Caritas Residence is a wonderful community and our teams look forward to working with our partners at the Department of Health and Wellness to make these new beds available very soon. Jason Shannon, president and chief operating officer, Shannex

Quick Facts:

  • the province has announced 185 new nursing home beds in 2019-20 in Mahone Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Eskasoni, Meteghan and Halifax
  • there are 132 long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia
  • potential residents will be tested for COVID-19 before being admitted to the facility

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