Palliative Care

Continuing Care (for Palliative Home Care)

Continuing Care

Continuing Care offers programs and services that support people to remain in their own home. Continuing Care authorizes nursing care as well as home care agency services for clients who meet that eligibility. Home care agency services can include personal care, light housekeeping and meal preparation. Continuing Care also manages health equipment and can help link clients to necessary equipment to remain at home such as a hospital bed or home oxygen. Continuing Care referrals can be completed by calling 1-800-225-7225.

Respite Care

Nova Scotia’s Provincial Home Care Program has options for respite provided in the home and respite provided in a facility. Families can self-refer to Continuing Care and learn more about their services by visiting their website at Continuing Care - Palliative Home Care or calling 1-800-225-7225.


Please refer to the brochure to have a better understanding of the programs and services offered by Continuing Care:

Caregivers Nova Scotia

Caregivers Nova Scotia provides programs, services, and strong advocacy for caregivers. They provide practical assistance to friends and family who are providing care.

Specialist Palliative Care Teams

Specialist Palliative Care Teams consist of providers who specialize in complex care planning and symptom management. Support from this type of team may complement the care that a patient receives from primary care provider(s) and other members of the care team. The intent of this type of support is not to replace primary care.

Emergency Health Services (EHS)

Palliative patients in Nova Scotia can access support from paramedics for pain and symptom management at home. All ground-ambulance paramedics in Nova Scotia have received training to increase their skills and resources to manage palliative care symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, fear and anxiety.

The Palliative Care Drug Program

The Palliative Care Drug Program ensures that the costs of palliative care medications are not a barrier to symptom control. This program works to help minimize financial burdens for those who choose end-of-life care at home.

Many existing drug coverage programs include medications to help manage symptoms associated with palliative and end-of-life care. This program is for situations where additional coverage is required for home-based end-of-life care.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit:

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