Designated caregivers to be allowed at N.S. long-term care homes

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The Nova Scotia government is further easing restrictions in long-term care homes to allow designated caregivers to help care for and support residents.

The designated caregiver can be family members, spouses, friends, or other support people.

Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says, "With new cases of COVID-19 remaining low in Nova Scotia, we can continue to ease some of the necessary restrictions."

Individual long-term care homes will work to implement these changes as early as Friday.

The province says the designated caregiver must be associated with specific caregiving tasks like personal care support, mobility. or help with eating.

They also must have had an established caregiving relationship with the resident prior to COVID-19.

Facilities will train caregivers on public health requirements, including masking, good hand, and respiratory hygiene, and facility procedures.