New Brunswick Senior Housing
New Brunswick government established Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat to promote healthy aging and senior’s wellness. Seniors in New Brunswick have access to a wide range of services from day activity centers and volunteer programs for seniors, to assisted living facilities, residential care homes and nursing homes.
Seniors who can live independently in their own home but require some light support and care services may choose to hire a caregiver, or special in-home senior care service.
Retirement Homes in New Brunswick (also known as Senior Homes or Independent Living Communities) offer seniors an ideal environment to spend their retirement years in the comfort of a community of peers, enjoying chore free lifestyle and daily entertainment and activities. Many Retirement Homes in New Brunswick offer private apartments with housekeeping and meals, and a variety of additional services and amenities such as library, hair salon, wellness centre, and more.
Assisted Living in New Brunswick is available for seniors who need regular help with daily activities and higher level of care, but do not need nursing home care.
Residential Care Facilities such as special care homes and community residences in New Brunswick must be approved under The Family Services Act to provide care and supervision to individuals in need of special assistance. Special care homes provide residential services to seniors who do not require a high level of care and professional nursing services on a regular basis. Community residences provide services to adults who require a high level of care, but do not require professional nursing services on a regular basis;
Seniors who require high level of care and professional nursing services on a regular basis may consider moving to a nursing home. Nursing homes in New Brunswick are independently owned by a board of directors, and are formed under the Companies Act as non-profit organizations. To be placed in a nursing home, seniors must be approved by The Department of Social Development. Individuals are responsible for paying nursing home costs, however, subsidies may be available for qualified persons.
In New Brunswick provincial home health care program is provided through the New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program which offers comprehensive health care services to seniors in their home or community. Through this program, New Brunswick seniors have access to profession heath care providers such as Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation support personnel and others.
Day activity services for seniors program is available for seniors living at home, in alternate family living arrangement or in an adult residential facility (special-care home or community residence). Services provided by day activity centers for seniors vary from center to center. Typically they provide recreational and social activities; information and education regarding the aging process and healthy living; meals; assistance with some personal care; health-care monitoring by qualified staff.