Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter has announced a new plan aimed at increasing the options for seniors to live in the province.

The Living Better plan includes:

  • replacing 750 beds and adding an additional 350 in nursing homes and residential care facilities
  • creating 1,500 new home-care spaces over five years
  • replacing the Birches Home for Special Care in Musquodoboit Harbour

Dexter made the announcement in front of a cheering crowd at the Musquodoboit facility.

"We really do need a new building," said Debbie Gavas-Spence. Not only does she work at the home, but her father lives there. "I’m very excited that we will be getting one."

Elliot Sutow, the chair of the board, said it doesn’t matter that the promise for a new building comes right before an expected election call.

"We are going to receive some money for a new facility, the timing couldn’t be better," he said.