08/26/2013 12:03 EDT | Updated 10/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia plans program to help seniors live in their homes longer

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government plans to launch a program next year where community-based experts would be hired to help seniors access services intended to help them live in their homes longer.

Premier Darrell Dexter says $600,000 will be set aside to establish the program, though details on the number of experts that would be hired aren't yet known.

Dexter says under the program, seniors would be able to call on the experts who would assess their needs and inform them of services they may be eligible for.

He says there have been cases where seniors have been unaware or had trouble accessing services.

The government plans over the next few months to consult seniors, organizations and communities to develop details of the program.

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