Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS) calls for immediate and decisive action on recommendations of Expert Panel on Long-term Care.

Professionals working in the continuing care sector across Nova Scotia represented by the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS) are calling for immediate and decisive action to implement the recommendations of the Minister’s Expert Panel on Long-term Care. A first priority is the creation of a Continuing Care Action Group comprised of service providers and sector leaders to facilitate implementation of the recommendations as soon as possible. CCANS Board Chair, Sheila Peck, says: “Nova Scotia’s population on average is the oldest in all of Canada. We are seeing people come to continuing care with more complex needs than ever before. Staff need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills, supports and technologies, to meet the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual care needs of every individual in a way that is respectful, compassionate and transparent.”

CCANS welcomed the opportunity to offer input to the Expert Panel in late 2018. Following the release of the Panel’s report on January 15, 2019, CCANS took the time to review the document thoroughly before responding in a letter to the Minister of Health. According to Peck, CCANS is supportive of the Panel’s recommendations. “After careful review and consideration, we support the Panel’s recommendations. We have been saying all along that skilled staff, competitive pay and benefits, an interdisciplinary team approach to care across the health care continuum, better and more transparent communication across the system and with the public, and an injection of capital to restore the budget reductions endured by the system over the past several years be made a top priority.” “I think what we are missing in this Report is evidence that we are working together to find innovative solutions to a long-term and systemic problem faced by all Canadian provinces and beyond,” says Peck. “For example, with more universities per capita than any other province, and the wealth of talent working in the continuing care sector, we are well-positioned in Nova Scotia to initiate small pilot studies in rural and urban care facilities to test and evaluate more effective care delivery models within the broader health care continuum.”

Based on extensive experience working in the continuing care sector, CCANS and its members are convinced Nova Scotians deserve a clearer, more transparent process for accessing continuing care when and where they need it. Says Peck: “As the Panel rightly points out, our system is fragmented which makes it extremely challenging for citizens of Nova Scotia to navigate through the system and ensure they or their loved ones get the kind of care and support they need. Furthermore, organizations within the continuing care system need to be well-integrated with clear roles and responsibilities to ensure a continuum of care that puts people first.

Peck says CCANS is cautiously optimistic that the work of the Panel will result in meaningful change. “Our members stand ready and willing to help implement the recommendations and action items in this report together with our colleagues across the continuum and government. Timelines need to be short and accountability for change needs to be high. Let’s be leaders in Canada, offering quality, innovative, and respectful care to our most vulnerable citizens.”

The Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 50 care providers in Nova Scotia communities. Together we provide long-term care and support services to the elderly as well as individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities and those with mental health issues. For more than four decades CCANS has been at the forefront of our provincial care industry pioneering service standards, providing education to frontline staff and working to improve services for the people we serve.

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For more information contact: Heather Spidell, CCANS Communications, 9024995027

Voice for Care Magazine Fall 2018 - Stories of Care, Community and Compassion

Thanks to all our contributors and sponsors for making possible this fall 2018 edition of Voice for Care brought to you by the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia. Here you’ll discover stories of care, community and compassion from one end of the Province to another. Let’s celebrate the continuing care sector during September’s Continuing Care Month and all the time. Through our collective efforts, ideas and talents we can build a strong and vibrant system that is responsive to the needs of seniors and our society’s most vulnerable. Today … and tomorrow.

Voice for Care Magazine September 2018

Voice for Care Fall/Winter 2017

Welcome to our Fall/Winter 2017 edition of Voice for Care. Here you'll find stories of compassion, care and healing. You'll learn about industry trends and new developments in the world of continuing care. And you'll discover resources and skills development opportunities that are available to you. 

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Nova Scotia's long-term care sector associations join forces for stronger voice, greater impact

Health Association Nova Scotia Continuing Care Council, the Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scotia, and the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia formalize collaborative relationship

The long-term care sector in Nova Scotia is represented by various strong groups in our province; namely, the Health Association Nova Scotia Continuing Care Council (CCC), the Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scotia (CGO), and the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS). While these groups serve slightly different populations, they have strived to share information on an informal basis and work together on initiatives as opportunities arise.  That being said, the Chairs of the CCC, CGO and CCANS recognize the value of building on our existing relationships in representing the interests of our respective memberships.  We are excited to announce that the three parties are working towards a more coordinated and strategic approach to addressing issues in long-term care

The Tri-Group Chairs met on January 12, 2018, to discuss each other’s current priorities and have committed to face-to-face meetings every two months, where each groups’ recent agendas and action items will be discussed. The goal of these meetings will be to highlight issues of mutual concern, partner on activities where appropriate, create synergy in advocacy efforts, and ultimately create a stronger, more united voice for long-term care in Nova Scotia. As an initial action, the groups will work to establish a multi-stakeholder Continuing Care Public Relations Committee. The focus will likely be on spreading “good news” stories about our sector, and coordinating other communications messages when appropriate. 

While it is early days, we are excited to share this new development with all of our members and look forward to keeping you informed of our progress.

Annette Fougere, Chair, Continuing Care Council

Sheila Peck, Chair, Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia

Jorge Van Slyke, Chair, Community Governed Nursing Home Society of Nova Scot

Ensuring safe and caring homes for our most vulnerable. A message from Sheila Peck, Chair, Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia

The recent news (CBC: Reports reveal 46 abuse cases over two years in Nova Scotia nursing homes, October 24, 2017) that questions the very safety and well-being of people in care in our province is disheartening and, in my view, unacceptable. As an Administrator of a Long Term Care facility for many years, I know how hard the staff and volunteers here in Nova Scotia work every day to care for our most vulnerable. I know how much they care.

I served on the Advisory Committee for the Persons in Protection of Care Act 10 years ago. This Act was established with sector input. We all had the same goal -- to protect the people in our care. Unfortunately, there are still incidents that happen but with implementation of the Act, we are catching them, they are being investigated, and we are learning from them. As a facility licenced by the Department of Health and Wellness, I can assure you we have very stringent policies and regulations that must be followed and we take them seriously.

The reality is that years of budget cuts to our homes compounded with the lack of predictable, sustainable funding from one year to the next, is taking its toll. One of the first budget cuts has been to education. At a time when our population is aging, and people are coming to us with extremely complex care needs, education and training has never been more critical. 

I have witnessed amazing acts of love, kindness and deep caring from the staff who work and care for our most vulnerable citizens. Nursing home jobs in all departments are mentally and physically taxing. By the time a senior now enters long term care they are very frail and require much more care than seniors 10 years ago. As we deal with a large demographic of seniors, several with dementia, as well as younger people with complex mental and physical health issues, we owe it to our staff to provide them with the necessary tools and training to do their jobs. At the same time we want to attract youth to pursue a career in this very meaningful and valuable sector.

I speak on behalf of the Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia when I say it is time we work together with government, educators, facilities, their staff, volunteers, our seniors and their families, and communities across our province, to find innovative, progressive and thoughtful ways to ensure our most vulnerable citizens receive the quality care they deserve. 

It is time to create a culture of support, continuous learning, and continuous improvement amongst all working in the sector. 

CCANS supports its members by providing education and advocacy. As an organization that encompasses clients from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Department of Community Services, we welcome the opportunity to work with government and our facilities to provide a safe and caring environment for all who need it. 

I encourage families to continue to be actively engaged and to be advocates for your loved ones. We need your support so that we can work together to ensure they have a place to call home. 


Sheila Peck, Chair, CCANS

CCANS Voice for Care 2017

Please find attached a copy of our inaugural issue of Voice for Care, a magazine created to help promote our organization, our membership and our industry partners. The magazine intends to highlight important issues and raise awareness around issues that are important to our membership. Please click HERE for your digital copy of Voice for Care