**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
New Nursing Home Beds in Bedford
Government is adding 23 new long-term care beds to help meet the need caused by the pandemic.
The beds are necessary because some long-term care facilities have slowed or stopped admissions due to COVID-19.
“Long-term care facilities have worked hard at managing COVID-19, but the pandemic has increased the need for nursing home beds,” said Randy Delorey, Minister of Health and Wellness. “This will help get Nova Scotians into the long-term care accommodations that they need.”
The province is entering into a two-year agreement with renewal option with Shannex RLC Ltd. to convert a floor at the Caritas Residence, a private assisted-living home in Bedford, into nursing home beds. Residents will be able to move into the facility in early June.
“We are very pleased to provide a solution to help during these challenging times. Caritas Residence is a wonderful community and our teams look forward to working with our partners at the Department of Health and Wellness to make these new beds available very soon.”
– Jason Shannon, president and chief operating officer, Shannex
— the province has announced 185 new nursing home beds in 2019-20 in Mahone Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Eskasoni, Meteghan and Halifax
— there are 132 long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia
— potential residents will be tested for COVID-19 before being admitted to the facility
Information on long-term care in Nova Scotia: http://novascotia.ca/dhw/ccs/long-term-care.asp