Northern & Eastern Mainland Region
The following private home care and other services are available in the Northern and Eastern Mainland Region and may be able to offer additional support to you and your care recipient. This page is organized into specific categories which are listed below. Click any of the category names to jump to that section.
- Home Care Providers
- Companion/Personal Support/Errands
- Downsizing/Decluttering/House Cleaning
- Food Banks
- Grocery Delivery/Shopping Services
- Home Adaptations
- Meal Programs/Prepared Meal Delivery
- Mobile Services
- Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment
- Other Support Services
Please note: The information below is provided as a convenience to let you know what services may be available in your area. The descriptions are provided by the organizations themselves and reviewed by CNS before being added. However, the services are not vetted by CNS, and we cannot recommend one over another.
Please contact the provider directly for details about rates, hours of operation, or to discuss specific requirements. You may want to consult this list of potential questions to ask home care providers before hiring any agencies or private individuals.
Home Care Providers
Careforce Home Care - provides a variety of home health care services to assist individuals to live safely and comfortably in their homes. Call for a free assessment: 902.921.4663.
Earth Angels Home Care - Provides a range of personalized home care services including personal care, housekeeping, medication reminders, respite care for family caregivers, and more. Specializing in dementia, all caregivers are trained in Positive Approach™ to Care techniques. Call 902.893.3553.
HCO Lifestyle Support Services - provides peace of mind for aging loved ones and their families. They manage a network of community partners dedicated to ensuring seniors receive quality assistance and support from the community to maintain the lifestyle they're used to. Operates in Truro only. Tel: 902.324.0313
Lean On Me Combination Care - Covers all of Hants County. Sevices include: Personal senior care, respite services, house and home care (cleaning, organizing, de-cluttering). Meal prep, events (with or for you) and errands. Tel: 902.790.1532
Mayflower Health Care Services - offers a range of home care support and nursing services to seniors and their families throughout Nova Scotia, including personal care, nursing support, companionship services, housekeeping, and more. Call 902.209.1813 for more information.
Northwood Home Care - Offers caring and professional home care services.
RoseDawn Helping Hands - Based in Upper Stewiacke, their services include respite care, meal preparation, regular check-ins, home care, and more. Call them at: 902.671.2923
Scotia Personnel - Province-wide referrals of private home caregivers or housekeepers. 24-hr care is available. Call 902.422.1455 for more information.
Today's Nurse Inc. - Based in Truro, Today's Nurse is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care while preserving the dignity and independence of its clients. It offers a wide range of home care and healthcare services 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Call them at 902.843.1095.
Find a PDF list of private care providers here.
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as a volunteer visitors program, all to enhance each client's quality of life. They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit their website or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
Note: some of the providers listed under Home Care may also provide companionship services. Please contact them to find out.
The House Whisperer - based in Elmsdale, they offer house cleaning, organizing, home staging, and cleaning for move-outs, all using an eco-friendly approach. Tel: 902.489.3379
Peaceful Places - provides organizing, downsizing, aging in place, and relocating services for seniors. Cheryl Myers RN, BScN, Senior Move Manager serves Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou Counties. Contact her at 902.662.2498 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Colchester Food Bank - Food boxes are given out, or served, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tel; 902.893.4566.
Pictou County Food Bank East - Located in Pictou. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Call 902.755.2906.
Shumilacke Food Bank - Located in Shubenacadie. Open Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Call 902.758.1701.
Grocery Delivery/Shopping Services
Atlantic Superstore - provides online shopping and delivery services at the following locations:
- Elmsdale - 902.883.1180
- Amherst - 902.661.0703
- Truro - 902. 895.4306
- New Glasgow - 902.928.0066
- Antigonish - 902.863.6711
Busy Bee Emporium - Truro's only online product & delivery service. They deliver right to your home or office door, Areas covered: Truro, Bible Hill, Millbrook, Valley (areas), Onslow, North River, Salmon River.
Hubtown Delivery Services Serving Colchester County, they provide a variety of delivery services from groceries, to pharmacy orders, to car parts! Call 902.897.9892 or email: email@example.com
i ALWAYS deliver - provides grocery and other delivery services in Truro, Stewiacke, and East Hants. Contact them for more information about rates and to discuss your needs. 902.718.7068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Shopping Bag - helps people in need to get their errands or shopping done. Serves urban and rural Pictou County. Call 902.301.5262 for details.
FIX-IT Concepts - specializes in home adaptations that allow you to stay at home longer, e.g. ramps, grab bars, and other medical accessories. Smaller and seasonal jobs also offered. Covers Truro and surrounding areas & the Northumberland Shore.
Meal Programs / Prepared Meal Services
Canso and Area Meals on Wheels - Delivers nutritious meals to people in need and will specialize food according to dietary needs. Call for more info: 902.366.2794 or 902.366.3030
Meals on Wheels Highcrest - Springhill - Based in Springhill, this program provides nutritious meals to people in need. Visit their website or call: 902.597.2797
Meals and More! - offers an easy way for individuals to have tasty, easy to prepare, nutritious meals. Susan Kastuk-Ridlington, Registered Dietitian, and her team have been providing a unique service of delivering meals in Amherst since 1996. Arrangements can be made for delivery outside of Amherst. Tel: 506.536.8102. Email: email@example.com
Meals on Wheels Pictou: The Maritime Oddfellows Home delivers prepared and nutritious cold meals that need to be heated to clients in need aged 55 and older. Call for more info: 902.485.5492 x4.
Truro Meals on Wheels - Delivers complete hot meals to qualifying clients at their homes Tuesdays between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Call to register: 902.893.2523 or 902.895.2371
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as Meals on Wheels (Frozen Favourites). They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit their website or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
Willow Lodge - Meals on Wheels - Provides nutritious meals to people in need three times a week to qualifying clients within a 5km radius of Tatamagouche Village. Visit their website or call: 902.657.3101 ext 29
Medi-Clin Blood Collection Service - Convenient and professional, Medi-Clin Blood Collection Service has been providing blood collection to Pictou County residents at home, work and in residential care since 1991. Phone 902.485.1942
House Call Hygienist - is a mobile hygiene dental service that offers services on the Northumberland Shore in your setting of choice: home, office, long-term care and assisted living residences. Call 902.406.1919.
Bonnie Enns Foot Care Service - Bonnie serves the Stewiacke area. Contact her at: 902.639.1926
Lynn McCara is a foot care nurse at HealthWalks in New Glasgow. She can be booked for in-home foot care by calling 902.755.6975. Wendy Dewtie, LPN, delivers foot care in your home in Pictou County. She can be reached at 902.396.7112. Grocery Delivery
Hair & There Mobile Hairstyling - Master Hairstylist Kelly Desmond provides services in the Truro area. Contact her: 902.896.6030
Summit Hair Studio and Mobile Services - Owner/Stylist Shelly Jamieson offers professional mobile hair services to all of Cumberland County. Please note: Shelly works Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Contact her for more information: 902.667.7700
Personal Alert Services / Home Health Equipment
Personal Alert Services
Care Alert Canada - Home of the Smart Dialer. Ideal for those who wish to remain longer in their own home or in a retirement residence. It can be programmed to dial up to 5 contacts, including 911.
Care Link Advantage - Has over twenty years' experience helping older adults and people with disabilities remain independent by providing them with personal medical alarm pendants and other personal security technology.
Medic Alert, Safely Home - When a loved one with dementia or other cognitive impairments goes missing, MedicAlert will help get your family member safely home. This technology ensures critical information about your loved one is available to emergency responders and police through their 24/7 Emergency Hotline.
Northwood Intouch - is a Personal Alert Service that calls for help in case of an emergency. They also have devices and sensors to help people remain independent.
Philips Lifeline - offers a number of medical alert services.
RCMP - Seniors Guidebook to Safety and Security.
Telus Health Medical Alert System - A personal emergency response system; access to 24/7 emergency support at home or on the go.
Home Health Equipment (to purchase or rent)
Bridgevalley Home Health Care - Toll-free: 1-.844.543.8968. Provides home health care, accessibility, mobility, and rehab products throughout mainland Nova Scotia.
Canadian Red Cross - Their Health Equipment Loan Program provides Canadians with short-term loans of health equipment on a donation basis. Services vary based on location. From the Health Equipment Loans area of their website, enter the appropriate information into the "Find Local Services" box, then click "Find Services Near You".
Family 1st Medical - With locations throughout Nova Scotia, their mission is to provide a full range of Respiratory and Medical/Mobility products to assist all those in need.
Lawton's Home HealthCare - To find a Lawton's Home HealthCare department near you, go to lawtons.ca/stores. This brings you to the Store Locator screen with a map of Lawton's locations. Below the map at the right, click the Services and Departments button and choose "Home HealthCare". The list of stores below the map will be updated to include stores with home healthcare services.
CHAD Transit - is an on-demand door to door service for Pictou County residents who require transportation assistance - persons with disabilities, seniors, or anyone with transportation challenges.
Colchester Transportation Cooperative Limited (CTCL) - is a community-based, non-profit transportation cooperative operating in Colchester County. It meets the needs of all persons - persons with disabilities, seniors and non-disabled persons.
Community Transit Nova Scotia - formerly Nova Scotia Community-Based Transportation Association, is an organization whose membership represents the disabled, seniors, the economically disadvantaged, environmental stewards, and the general public throughout Nova Scotia.
Cumberland County Transportation Services Society (CCTS) - is a non-profit community-run service for those Cumberland residents whose personal circumstances and location make it difficult for them to secure transportation.
East Hants Community Rider - "We believe in equal opportunities." A non-profit rural transportation service committed to providing safe, cost-effective transportation. Making Life Accessible.
Hope Air - is a registered, national charity that provides free flights to people who cannot afford the cost of an airline ticket to get to medical expertise or specialized medical technologies that usually exist only in larger urban centres.
Rural Transportation Association (RuralRides) - provides door-to-door, accessible transportation services for residents of rural Nova Scotia. Click the 'Find a Ride' tab on the website to find services in your area. Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Morier's Accessible Taxi Service - operates throughout Nova Scotia and other areas by request. His vehicle has the capacity to hold two wheelchairs and has a child seat and boosters. Contact Terry at: 902.476.1838 or email@example.com
TJ's Van and Carpool Services, Inc. - Provides province-wide transportation services including to and from medical appointments, the airport, package delivery, and more. Call 902.402.1555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) (links to the national site) - offers home care, personal support and community services such as transportation and volunteer visiting, all to enhance each client's quality of life. They are located throughout Nova Scotia. Please visit the website and click on the Find a VON menu at the top left of the page, or call 1.866.540.2356 to find a location that is close to you. Please note not all services are offered in all areas.
Travel with attendants or support persons
Caregivers can often travel at no cost or for a reduced fee under these programs. There is an application process requiring physician certification so please make your travel plans well in advance. In some programs, if the physician indicates that the care recipient has a "permanent condition" there is no expiry date on eligibility. Please contact service providers for more details.
WestJet - Special or additional seating for guests with a disability
The attendant pays tax only.
Air Canada - Travel with an attendant
The attendant pays tax only.
Porter Airlines - Request for attendant seating
The attendant pays nothing.
Via Rail - Passengers requiring a support person
The attendant pays nothing
The Via Rail program also includes short trips, perhaps to Halifax or Moncton for specialist services or appointments.
Maritime Bus - Companion travel
The attendant pays nothing.
Maritime Bus requires notification signed by a physician that the care recipient requires attendant care while traveling.
Although this is not addressed on their website, please call 1-800-575-1807 or your local Maritime Bus depot for more information.
Other Support Services
Delphine de Toit Mediation Services - Delphine du Toit is an Elder Mediator who helps caregivers and families with the difficult conversations about the care and needs of older family members who are no longer able to make decisions on their own. She travels throughout Nova Scotia to provide the support families need. Phone: 902.789.3953
Mental Health and Addictions - A website where Nova Scotians can access mental health and addictions support. Explore information, resources, and connect with help 24/7.