Home Services Nova Scotia, a new program launched today, Nov. 7, in Enfield, will help older Nova Scotians live in their homes longer. The program helps older adults access a variety of affordable, non-medical services such as housekeeping, meal preparation and yardwork. The services are provided by people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues and delivered with the help of community agencies. “This program has created an extremely valuable service,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Home Services Nova Scotia helps support older Nova Scotians age at home and maintain a connection to the community. They can get help with simple chores, running errands, even shovelling snow. “We’re excited to help older Nova Scotians keep their independence and build stronger, more inclusive communities.” Created by DIRECTIONS Council for Vocational Services Society and funded by the province, the program supports SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population, a government initiative that focuses on helping older Nova Scotians stay involved in work, entrepreneurship, volunteering and other activities. “Home Services Nova Scotia will assist those in need to navigate and solve day to day problems,” said Marilyn Clarke, project mentor. “People get to make the choices they want and receive safe, affordable, reliable help.” A direct partnership with 211 will ensure people can locate the service provider in their community. For more information on Home Services Nova Scotia, visit http://www.directionscouncil.org .