N.S. bans se­cu­rity de­posits at nurs­ing homes

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — Nurs­ing homes and res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­i­ties li­censed by the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment will no longer be al­lowed to charge se­cu­rity de­posits.

Health Min­is­ter Mau­reen MacDon­ald says the gov­ern­ment is im­me­di­ately chang­ing reg­u­la­tions to elim­i­nate the se­cu­rity de­posits charged to se­niors and their fam­i­lies.

The gov­ern­ment says some nurs­ing homes were charg­ing any­where from $900 to $4,700 in se­cu­rity de­posits. The change in the reg­u­la­tions also re­quires all cur­rent se­cu­rity de­posits to be re­funded by April 12.

MacDon­ald says be­cause bad debt is not a se­ri­ous prob­lem, the change is not ex­pected to af­fect nurs­ing home op­er­a­tors.

Jack Hatcher of the Group of IX, which rep­re­sents se­niors groups in the prov­ince, says the de­posits have been an un­nec­es­sary bur­den for years.

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