N.S. bans security deposits at nursing homes
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.