HALIFAX - Eligible caregivers in Nova Scotia will be able to get $400 a month in government assistance under a new program announced by Health Minister Maureen MacDonald.
MacDonald says the financial help recognizes the role that caregivers provide to their family members and friends.
To be eligible for the allowance, both the person who requires care and the person providing it must meet certain program criteria.
That means eligible caregivers must be over 19 years old, have a valid Nova Scotia health card number, and provide 20 hours or more of assistance a week.
The eligibility criteria for care recipients includes and income review, because eligible caregivers must provide care to recipients with low incomes.
Care recipients must also be over 19, have a valid Nova Scotia health card, and have a high level of disability or impairment, which will be determined by a home care assessment.