BROOKFIELD - Nursing home beds in Brookfield are about to be converted into respite care beds.
The provincial government is making the change regarding seniors who receive a high level of care at home. The Department of Health announced on Wednesday that eight nursing homes in the province will be switching a total of 44 beds to provide respite care, including the Shannex-based Elk Court in Brookfield.
The province said in a news release that the beds will be switched as they become available. Seniors can move into them for up to 60 days a year at a cost of $33 a day, giving caregivers a break.
Other communities converting the nursing home beds to respite include Middleton, Springhill, New Glasgow, Sydney, two Halifax locations and Yarmouth.