Low-income residents are now eligible for a caregiver allowance worth as much as $400 under a new financial assistance program announced by the province yesterday.


A government release said both caregivers and the person requiring care must meet certain requirements to be eligible.


To qualify, the caregiver and care recipient both must be at least 19 years of age, a Nova Scotia resident and have a valid Nova Scotia health card number. The caregiver also must provide at least 20 hours of assistance per week to the recipient.


The recipient will also be subject to a home care assessment and an income review -- a recipient who is single or widowed can have a net income of up to $18,785. A married recipient can have an annual net household income of up to $35,570.