Co-ordinated Home Care Act



ACTS OF 1990

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An Act Respecting the Provision of
Co-ordinated Home Care Services
in Nova Scotia

Short title

1 This Act may be cited as the Co-ordinated Home Care Act. 1990, c. 6, s. 1.


2 In this Act,

(a) "Advisory Committee" means the Provincial Home Care Advisory Committee;

(b) "Agency" means the Home Care Co-ordinating Agency;

(c) "Co-ordinated Home Care Program" means the co-ordinated delivery of a range of health, housing and social services to meet the needs of persons who require assistance or support in order to remain in their own homes or community or whose functioning without assistance or support is likely to deteriorate, making it impossible to stay in their own homes or community;

(d) "Minister" means the Minister of Community Services. 1990, c. 6, s. 2.

Supervision of Act

3 The Minister has the general supervision an management of this Act. 1990, c. 6, s. 3.

Home Care Co-ordinating Agency

4 (1) There is hereby established the Home Care Co-ordinating Agency.

Composition of Agency

(2) The Agency consists of the Ministers and the Deputy Ministers of Community Services, Health and Fitness, Housing, and Municipal Affairs and the Chairman and the Chief Administrative Officer of the Senior Citizens Secretariat.


(3) The Minister is the Chairman of the Agency. 1990, c. 6, s. 4.

Objects of Agency

5 The objects of the Agency are to

(a) provide for and ensure the delivery of a Co-ordinated Home Care Program for Nova Scotias senior citizens, disabled persons and families at risk;

(b) oversee the singular and collective policies, procedures and services of the Departments of Community Services, Health and Fitness, Housing, and Municipal Affairs to ensure that they are complementary with the Governments overall commitment to provide co-ordinated home care services. 1990, c. 6, s. 5.


6 The Agency shall meet at least twice a year. 1990, c. 6, s. 6.

Provincial Home Care Advisory Committee

7 (1) There is hereby established the Provincial Home Care Advisory Committee.

Composition of Advisory Committee

(2) The Advisory Committee consists of such persons as the Governor in Council determines. 1990, c. 6, s. 7.

Principal agencies

8 The principal agencies for entry to the Co-ordinated Home Care Program and for the co-ordination thereof, including intake, assessment and case management, are

(a) in the case of the cities of Dartmouth and Halifax, the community care divisions of the departments of social services for those cities;

(b) in the case of all other municipalities, the homemaker agencies established pursuant to the Homemakers Services Act. 1990, c. 6, s. 8.


9 Such persons as are necessary for the administration of this Act and the regulations shall be appointed in accordance with the Civil Service Act. 1990, c. 6, s. 9.


10 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) respecting the Advisory Committee, including appointments thereto;

(b) respecting standards for agencies and individuals providing co-ordinated home care;

(c) prescribing the conditions under which funds may be distributed by the Province for Co-ordinated Home Care Program services;

(d) prescribing eligibility criteria for admission to and discharge from the Co-ordinated Home Care Program;

(e) respecting the provision of attendent care to disabled persons;

(f) respecting the provision of services by such disciplines as the regulations specify;

(g) defining any word or expression used in this Act and not defined herein;

(h) respecting any matter the Governor in Council deems necessary or advisable to carry out the intent and purpose of this Act.

Regulations Act

(2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) shall be regulations within the meaning of the Regulations Act. 1990, c. 6, s. 10.

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