Nova Scotia offering to buy personal-alert devices for brain-injured residents
Nova Scotia Health Minister Randy Delorey answers questions following a cabinet meeting on Aug. 8, 2019. (Natasha Pace/CTV Atlantic)
Published Wednesday, October 30, 2019 10:36AM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:40PM ADT
HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia government is expanding a personal-alert program to ensure the safety of brain-injured people in their homes.
The government announced Wednesday it will spend $54,000 over the next three years to buy personal-alert devices for low-income residents who are diagnosed with an acquired brain injury.
In an emergency situation, these devices connect the user to the 911 system with the push of a button.
Those qualifying for the program will receive $480 a year to cover the cost of the device.
"Today's announcement is about supporting people with acquired brain injuries to live full and independent lives," Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey said in a statement.
"This is a step to ensure more Nova Scotians feel comfortable and safe at home."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2019.