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 Community Resources

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On this page, you’ll find links to information about community services, programs and resources to access healthcare professionals in Nova Scotia. Take advantage of your community resources to speed up your recovery! 

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Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia

The Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia offers arthritis education, information and support programs to help people better manage and live with arthritis. Visit the website to learn more.

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Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Physiotherapy helps you to improve and restore your mobility. Many private insurance policies cover physiotherapy services. To find a Physiotherapist in your area visit the website.

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Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists provide treatment programs aimed at improving a person’s abilities to complete the activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, dressing, eating, homemaking, hobbies). They can teach you how to use equipment and aids for walking, dressing, toileting, bathing and more. To find an Occupational Therapist (OT) in your area, visit the website. For information about driving and the need for rehab resources visit

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Nova Scotia Dietitic Association

If you need help managing your diet, ask about licensed dieticians and nutritionists in Nova Scotia please visit the Dietitic Association website at

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Nova Scotia Lung Association

The Nova Scotia Lung Association has a program of 10 weekly stop smoking classes offered in your community. To learn more, visit the website.

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Smokers’ Helpline

The Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 is a toll-free, telephone-based information and support service for smokers and the people who care about them. Trained personnel can answer questions about quitting smoking and help callers develop a “quit plan” that will work for them. Visit the website to learn more.

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Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Service (HELP)

Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Service (HELP) is a program that operates loan depots throughout the province. You can often get crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, raised toilet seats and bathtub aids through this service. Equipment loans are free. You can borrow items for up to three months at no cost. Donations are appreciated. To learn more, visit the website.

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Nova Scotia Homecare Association

The Nova Scotia Homecare Association represents private homecare agencies. If you need help with meal preparation, light housekeeping or personal care, visit the website.

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Victorian Order of Nurses (VON)

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) programs and services help people stay independent in their homes. Services may include nursing, rehabilitation, caregiver support, homemaking, personal care and more. VON offers meals programs, transportation programs, seniors exercise, volunteer visiting, and more. Visit the website to find a VON office near you.

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Registry of Motor Vehicles

For those needing to park close to buildings due to temporary mobility impairments, obtain an accessible parking permit from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. To learn more visit the website, or visit your local Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

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Dial-A-Ride Nova Scotia

Dial-A-Ride Nova Scotia offers safe, affordable, and accessible public transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities. To locate transportation services by area and county, visit the website.

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Veteran Affairs Canada

To contact Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC) for information and resources call toll-free (English) 1-866-522-2122.

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Nova Scotia Meals Network

Nova Scotia Meals Network provides a provincial directory of in-home and community meal programs for seniors. The directory is available from the Department of Seniors by calling 1-800-670-0065 or calling Continuing Care at 1-800-225-7225.

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Department of Health - Listing of Family Doctors

The Department of Health provides a listing of family doctors in Nova Scotia who are taking new patients. This list is available on the website or call 902-424-3047.

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Caregivers Nova Scotia

Caregivers Nova Scotia provides information and support to caregivers (those people who care for family, friends, or neighbours of any age who are physically or mentally challenged, chronically ill, or frail). To locate group resources near you, visit the website.