NDP pledges to keep seniors at home longer
Last Updated: Monday, May 25, 2009 | 10:28 AM ET
The Canadian Press
Nova Scotia New Democrats are promising ways to help keep seniors in their homes longer.
Party leader Darrell Dexter pledged Monday to provide qualifying seniors with $500 a month for self-managed health care if his party forms the next provincial government.
Dexter is also pledging to provide better access to physiotherapy and to hire more nurse practitioners to deal specifically with seniors' care.
An NDP government would also set up a personal alert phone service that would be available to seniors round the clock.
Dexter said he would also establish a renovation fund so seniors could add ramps and other necessities to make their homes more accessible.
The cost of the program would be about $3.8 million a year.