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Source: NS gov

New pilot program for Preston and Kings County areas for seniors to age in place

By Caitlin Snow Dec 18, 2023 | 12:02 PM

A new pilot program will allow hundreds of seniors in the Preston and King County areas to be able to live independently, longer.

The government is investing $2 million in the Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders program (CAPABLE), that will pair seniors up with a registered nurse, occupational therapist and handyperson, to help them in their daily activities and homes so they can age in place.

“We know that seniors want to stay in their homes and the communities they helped to build and shape,” said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care. “In many cases, this can be achieved with some simple changes to their homes and day-to-day activities. By testing innovative programs like CAPABLE, we’re giving seniors back their independence.”

Source: NS gov

Three hundred seniors, 100 in each area, will be able to enroll in the program. You must be 65 years or older, have physical or mobility challenges and a net income of $85,000 or less; or receive income assistance, the Province’s heating assistance rebate, or the guaranteed income supplement from Service Canada

Program teams will work with seniors to set goals and make modifications, which could include recommending exercises to improve strength and mobility; reviewing medications; rearranging furniture; removing carpets; moving frequently used items so they are easier to reach; securing shelves; improving lighting; installing grab bars, raised toilet seats, lever faucets and lever door handles; and repairing steps and other items.

Applications are now open for those in the communities of Cherry Brook, Lake Loon, North Preston, East Preston and surrounding area.

“I grew up in Cherry Brook and have family members living in North Preston, and our company has been servicing the community with property maintenance and repairs for more than 10 years. I know that having a workforce comprised of members from Preston Township is something the community prides itself on. As a handyperson in the CAPABLE program, I’ll be overseeing the workmanship and timelines, all while delivering a comfortable experience for the clients,” Jason Vaillancourt, CEO, Operations & Construction, The Bin Doctor Ltd.

Those who live in Kings County and on the Halifax Peninsula can apply early 2024.