In spring 2005, the province of Nova Scotia and the Continuing Care Branch of the Department of Health set out to better understand the impact of our province's changing demographics and the challenges facing Nova Scotians and the continuing care system.
In May 2006, the province released a Continuing Care Strategy (PDF: 460k) to respond to these challenges over the next decade and bring the vision Nova Scotians have of the future to life.
This 10-year strategy to enhance and expand continuing care outlines the direction government will take to meet its commitment to improve the health of Nova Scotians. It incorporates the voices of more than 1,400 Nova Scotians through public consultations and committees. Read "Shaping the Future of Continuing Care in Nova Scotia" report from the Provincial Steering Committee.
Over the next few years, we will all need to make some tough decisions to ensure that we spend on the programs and services that best respond to our needs. This will mean realigning current resources, investing new dollars, and working with our partners and stakeholders to develop and implement innovative and effective solutions.
Nova Scotians have told us they want to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. As their health status changes - and they require support to do so - they expect the right care, in the right place, at the right time, provided in the right way.
The goal of the Continuing Care Strategy is to create appropriate, effective, and sustainable services that meet the continuing care needs of all Nova Scotians, and to help individuals and families stay healthy and independent at home for as long as possible.
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Page last updated 2011-07-22.