Health Services & Programs

Nova Scotia Healthlink

811 – With these three numbers you will have access to non-emergency health information and services, any time any day. When you call 811, Registered Nurses will give you the advice and information you need and provide reassurance concerning all kinds of general health issues and questions. Advice and information may include a recommendation to see your doctor or visit your local emergency department. You can also obtain information about health issues and services available in your community. Click here to go to the Nova Scotia Healthlink website.

Blood Collection Services

Hubbards Blood Collection Services, Saturdays from 9:00-10:30am, Fee: $15, Hubbards Pharmasave store, 11 Hwy #329, 857-1743.

St. Margaret’s Bay Blood Collection Service (Capital Health), information for St. Margaret’s Bay and other locations. Suite 204, 5110 St. Margaret`s Bay Rd. – St. Margaret’s Square. Tel. (902) 826-3377. Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7 am – 2:30 pm; Wednesday: 7 am – 7:30 pm; Saturday: 8 am – 3:30 am.

Community Health Teams

Click here to go to the Community Health Teams (CHT) website, and learn more about their Free Wellness Programs and Wellness Navigation.

The Community Health Team program guide (PDF from the above link) includes current local program listings, including free health assessments. This Personal Wellness Profile helps to identify areas that may be putting you at risk for health problems such as cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body fat and waist circumference. You will receive a personal report so you can see where you are doing well and get recommendations on where you can start to improve your health.

Nova Scotia Health Card

MSI Health Card Information – full Information; application forms, etc.
MSI Health Card Contacts – contact their office
MSI Health Card Eligibility – information about eligibility

Nova Scotia Seniors Pharmacare

NS Seniors’ Pharmacare – basic introductory Information

Nova Scotia Health Programs
Exercises at the Kitchen Sink – a booklet from the Strategy and Actions for Independent Living, Province of BC

Hearing & Speech

Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres

Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Centres (NSHSC) was established in 1963 and is a provincial program of the Nova Scotia Department of Health. NSHSC is the healthcare agency responsible for providing hearing services to Nova Scotians of all ages, and speech-language services to preschool children and adults. Please click on the following links or the image to the right for further information:

Communication Disabilities

Safety in the Home

Personal Alert Assistance Program

The Personal Alert Assistance Program provides financial assistance to eligible, low-income seniors. The program provides funds to reimburse for the purchase of a personal alert assistance service.

To learn more , call Continuing Care toll-free line at 1-800-225-7225, or visit the Department of Health and Wellness website.

Northwood Intouch

Northwood is a not-for-profit, community based organization focused on providing services for older adults and people at risk.

Northwood Intouch, part of Northwood’s family of services, offers a wireless monitoring system that can keep you safe and secure in your own home longer. Discreet sensors and detectors are combined with 24-hour, 7 day a week professional monitoring, which will help you manage different needs in the home. This includes a personal emergency response system (PERS) , medication dispensers, stove sensors, fall detectors and more. A Subsidy Program is available.

HRM Seniors’ Home Safety Program – Free home safety evaluations for seniors living in private residences in HRM.

Canadian Safety Council – Provides safety tips to help in the aging process, and what seniors can do to make their home free of safety hazards.

The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them

Making Aging in Place Easier with Digital Health Technology

Continuing Care Programs

Caregivers Nova Scotia provides free programs, services, information, and advocacy for family and friend caregivers. If you are a caregiver for a family member or friend at home, we suggest you review their resources, including the ‘Caregivers Handbook’.

Long Term Care – Nursing Homes, Residential Care Facilities, and Community Based Options

Home Care – personal care, respite, and light housekeeping; nursing includes-dressing changes, catheter care, and intravenous therapy and home oxygen.

Entering Long Term Care – For those who can no longer live in their home or community alone, or with relatives/friends with Home Care supports, long-term care may be the answer.

Caregiver Benefit – for low income care recipients who have a high level of disability or impairment as determined by a home care assessment.

Personal Alert Assistance Program – provides financial assistance to low income seniors who live alone, receive publicly funded home care services, have experienced recent falls, and use a cane, walker or wheelchair

Adult Protection Services – help and support for people age 16 or older who are abused or neglected and who cannot physically or mentally protect or care for themselves.

HELP – Bed Loan Program – supports individuals to stay independent in their homes as long as possible by providing temporary loans of hospital-type beds to eligible Nova Scotians to use in their homes (this service is provided by the Red Cross).

Click here to read the Government of Nova Scotia’s Continuing Care Strategy Evaluation and Path Forward documents.

Senior Abuse

NS Justice: Senior Abuse Awareness and Prevention

NS Health and Wellness: Adult Protection Services – help and support for people age 16 or older who are abused or neglected and who cannot physically or mentally protect or care for themselves.

Unit 1 – 5229 St. Margaret’s Bay Road
Upper Tantallon, NS
B3Z 4R9
(Located inside the SMB Community Enterprise Centre)

(902) 820-3334


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