10/10/2012 02:21 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia government to switch long-term care beds to respite care

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's government is going to switch some nursing home beds to respite care beds for seniors being looked after at home.

The Department of Health announced today that eight nursing homes around the province will be switching a total of 44 beds to provide respite care.

The province says in a news release that the beds will be switched as they become available.

The respite beds are available to seniors who receive a high level of care at home.

Seniors can move into them for up to 60 days a year at a cost of $33 a day, giving caregivers a break.

The nursing home beds that will be converted to respite beds are in Yarmouth, Middleton, Brookfield, Springhill, New Glasgow, Sydney and two Halifax locations.

(The Canadian Press)