What a beautiful to go for a ride


This morning Tammy and Dianne thought it was a perfect day for a trip to Patterson’s Wharf in Tatamagouche.

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Sunset Annual Report 2019/2020


The Sunset Community is pleased to announce that our AGM was held on the 29th June 2020.

The Board of Directors and the CEO would like to thank all employees for another successful year and look forward to another year helping people be the best they can be.

If you would like to read our board report please click the link Sunset Annual Report 2019/2020



We finally get the seeds outside


Today we finally got out in the garden to plant the little seeds we started a few weeks ago (see that post here)

It is such a beautiful day today that Linda and Tammy did not want to miss the opportunity as our little seeds from a few weeks ago really needed to get outside. It looks like everyone was enjoying their time in the garden and we look forward to seeing the results in the coming weeks and months 🙂




Visit Guidelines – Letter to Families


June 11, 2020

Update to Family Members:

Lifting of Restrictions – Guidelines regarding Family Visits

The past few months have been very difficult for many families, as they have not been able to visit their loved ones who live at Sunset.  We are very happy to share that the restrictions on family visitors will be lifted effective June 15, 2020.

With this positive news, also comes the responsibility to plan and ensure that opening up to visitors does not pose a risk of the introduction of COVID-19 in to the Sunset Community.  Therefore, the following special guidelines and precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of all:

Pre-planning of visits:


  • Visits will take place Monday-Friday between 12pm-4pm only, and need to be planned in advance.
  • To request a visit at the Sunset Community ARC, call 902-243-2571

ext. 221 during regular business hours.

  • To request a visit at Sunset Community Driftwood Cottage, call 902-243-3227
  • Only one family visit will be allowable at a time to ensure our ability to safely support the visit.
  • When you call, there will be a pre-screening questionnaire completed to ensure you are COVID-19 symptom free, and have not been exposed to COVID-19.


Day of the visit:


  • Upon arrival, park in the designated visitors parking area and call 902-243-2571 ext. 221 (at ARC) 902-243-3227 at Driftwood Cottage, and a staff member will come out to meet you.
  • Hand sanitation, symptom screening will take place, including taking of temperature, and being provided with a medical mask.
  • Visits will take place outside, in a designated space on the grounds.
  • Once in the designated space, and only if social distancing can be maintained (6 feet between family member(s) and the client), the mask may be removed.
  • Each client will be allowed to have a maximum of two visitors.
  • No items are to be brought in by visitors.
  • One staff member will be present to support the visit.
  • There will be no touching during the visit.
  • If these guidelines are not followed, the visit will be ended and the family member will be asked to leave the property.


After the visit:


  • Following the visit, and in between visits, the chairs and other surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly by staff.
  • The client will practice hand hygiene upon re-entering the building.


We understand these circumstances are not ideal; however, our priority at the Sunset Community is the safety and well-being of our clients and staff.  We appreciate your understanding of the need for these precautions, and we look forward to seeing you very soon.



Julie Hoeg, CEO- Sunset Community

Visiting the Sunset Community


The Sunset Community is happy to share that Family members will soon be able to visit their loved ones at Sunset, the restrictions are set to be lifted as of June 15th for visits on the grounds.  Information will be shared with family in the coming days regarding any special precautions that will be in place to ensure visits happen in a safe manner.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as our priority is the health and well-being of our clients and staff.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!


The news release from the province is below.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, announced today, June 10, the easing of some visitor restrictions in long-term care homes and homes for persons with disabilities .

Effective Monday, June 15, visits can resume at long-term care facilities, provided they happen outdoors and visitors stay two metres or six feet away from residents and staff.

This change also applies to homes funded by the Department of Community Services under the Homes for Special Care Act.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us but in many ways, it has been hardest on our seniors in nursing homes and those living in homes for persons with disabilities,” said Premier McNeil. “That’s why we are easing visitor restrictions while keeping many of our public health directives in place to protect our most vulnerable.”

Individual long-term care facilities and homes for persons with disabilities will communicate directly with residents and their families to arrange visits.

“I can only imagine how tough it has been for long-term care residents and participants in homes for persons with disabilities to not be able to connect with their loved ones,” said Dr. Strang. “Outdoor visits are a way to bring residents and their friends and families back together safely.”

To ensure resident and visitor safety, the following measures will be in place:

  • visits will only take place outdoors, in designated areas on the facility’s grounds
  • a maximum of two visitors may attend at one time
  • visitors must maintain physical distance of two metres or six feet
  • visitors must be screened for COVID-19 upon entry and wear a non-medical mask; anyone with symptoms will not be permitted to enter
  • visitor information must be logged, including date and time of visit to the facility
  • visitors who are self-isolating are not permitted to enter the facility or grounds
  • visits will be monitored by staff, who will escort visitors to the designated area and provide personal protective equipment if needed

Facilities will be provided with materials to support this change, including screening guidelines and staff education materials.

Quick Facts:

  • there are 132 long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia that are home to almost 8,000 residents
  • there are over 300 homes for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia with more than 2,000 people living in them
  • visitors have not been permitted at long-term care facilities since March 15


The link to the news release can be found here


Julie Hoeg

Executive Director

Sunset Community

P.O. Box 130

Pugwash, N.S.  B0K 1L0


Introducing you to our Social Enterprises website

The Sunset Community Social Enterprises Website

The Sunset Community is happy to announce our new website dedicated to our Social Enterprises. This website will showcase both of our locations in Pugwash and Oxford and what we offer for both our participants and customers.

As we grow it will grow with us!

Keep an eye out for Stephen’s blogs and events that are happening at our locations 🙂

Follow the link below to check out our new site




Our plants are growing


3 of our coves decided they wanted to get their growing fingers going so that is exactly what they did and in no time at all their hard work has started to pay rewards. Eventually these little plants will end up in our patchwork garden as they get ever bigger and start to need more space. It’s going to be a wonderful year in our garden again 🙂


Scholarship 2020

Scholarships 2020

Our scholarship is now open for 2020. Eligible children of Sunset employees may apply.

You can find further information here




DANS Calls for Provincial Recognition of its Employees


DANS Calls for Provincial Recognition of its Employees

May 19, 2020 (Bridgetown, NS)—Diverse Abilities NS is calling on the Provincial Government to extend the Essential Health
Worker Bonus Program to its employees and to recognize their tireless efforts and dedication to providing essential services to
over 600 individuals with diverse abilities in our province.

“We were extremely disappointed to see the announcement of the initiative to provide essential service workers with $2,000
bonuses in recognition of their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic did not include our employees, says Joyce
d’Entremont, CEO of the Mountains and Meadows Care Group in Bridgetown and Chair of Diverse Abilities NS. “The
population our organizations serve is extremely vulnerable to serious illness, complications, and even death from this devastating
virus due to the aging demographic and co-morbidities that exist. Our staff have been working extremely hard and doing
everything possible to support our program participants throughout this pandemic and to keep them healthy and safe. Their
extraordinary efforts deserve the same financial recognition as their counterparts in other health sectors.”

Julie Hoeg, Executive Director of the Sunset Community in Pugwash and the Vice Chair of Diverse Abilities NS, adds that the
association has reached out to government several times to seek clarification on whether the approximately 2,000 Nova
Scotians employed by the province’s Adult Residential Centres/Regional Rehabilitation Centres would be included in the bonus
program, however, confirmation has not been received.

“Our employees are reporting to work every day, even in the face of their own fears regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and
they are going above and beyond to meet the needs of our program participants,” says Hoeg. “They are unsung heroes and
without their hard work and dedication we would not be able to keep our facilities open. Accordingly, we are requesting that
government give them the recognition they rightfully deserve and add them to the Essential Services Workers Program.”

Diverse Abilities NS is a membership-based association comprised of organizations from across the province who provide a
continuum of progressive services and supports that are designed to empower people with diverse abilities to make their own
choices, participate in decision-making, and to be contributors to and participate in their local community. Collectively, the
members of Diverse Abilities NS serve more than 600 individuals with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities,
chronic mental illness, addictions and acquired brain injuries.

Joyce d’Entremont, CEO/Administrator
Mountains & Meadows Care Group and
Chair, Diverse Abilities NS
Office: 902-655-4489 ext 801
Cell: 902-824-4537




CMHA Social Distancing Survival Guide

Canadian Mental Health Week 4-10 May 2020

Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

From: Canadian Mental Health Association

We are used to having built-in ways to connect. We connect at school and at work, at events and social activities, even with our neighbours in the grocery store. We have visited and we have socialized. And maybe, until now, we’ve seen all of that connection as simply a part of our everyday life. We can’t any longer. For the time being, it’s not a built-in feature of our lives. We have to go looking for connection and we have to be creative. We need to make an effort to reach out to each other. 

Here’s your guide to connecting with others in these difficult times: 

Make it part of your routineSet a time, or several times, over the course of the day, and call it “social connection time.” This will be a dedicated time when you forego all distractions and check in or share with others—like on your morning walk 

Make a date. Book a time for a conversation. Send an email or a message, or just call someone spontaneously, inviting them to a phone date, or a video chat. 

Schedule it in. Just like you would a meeting (or a dentist appointment) write the time in your agenda or put an alert on your phone. At such and such an hour, I’m going to reach out to a friend, colleague or family member. They want to hear from you right now. 

Let yourself be vulnerable. If you’re craving connection, let others know. Let them know you feel isolated. Deepening your conversations will deepen your relationships. 

Be honestIf you’re not doing well, don’t cover over the feelings. Share them openly.  

Be generous and kindKindness can actually work to counter stress which is particularly important in these times. Send out a few words of gratitude on social media or send a kind message via email. This will make someone’s day and is itself a meaningful connection. 

Practice listeningReally listen to each other and give the other person space to let you know how they are really feeling, too. See our Tips on how to really listen and our Listening Checklisfor building listening skills. Learning to listen actively and carefully is key to having meaningful social interaction. 

Think outside your circle! Your family members and good friends aren’t the only sources of social support. Who has offered you support in the past? This might be a good time to reconnect. 

Join a virtual community. Go ahead and join a group, virtually. There are Facebook groups on just about everything and now is a good time to find community. Go to Facebook and search the name of the activity or kind of group that interests you using the search tool (magnifying glass) at the top of the screen. 

Slide into your DMs. Giving and getting likes on social media is one thing but sending and receiving direct messages (DMs) can spark deeper, more meaningful connection. So, don’t just scroll through posts. Send a DM to someone who has been supportive in the past, or who seems to need support. 

Remember the telephone and lowtech ways to connect. The phone may have been invented two centuries ago, but it is one of the most enduring and important tools for social connection that we have. If you want to reach someone long distance, you can use Skype audio, or WhatsApp, which both offer free services. Letter writing maybe a lost art too. Corresponding by mail is a great way to reach out and connectCanada Post is still there for you. So is your email account.   

Make the most of high-tech. Use video technologies, like Skype, Facebook or Messenger. Sign up for free. All you need is a computer with a camera, or a smart phone. Don’t be shy: video is face-to-face time when you can’t be side-by-side. If you still feel shy: turn off the video view of yourself. This might help lighten feelings of self-consciousness. 

Plan a virtual event. Participating in group activities can bring you closer to your friends, family, and members of your community. Zoom (zoom.us) is a free video platform that was created to host virtual meetings, but has become a central meeting space for people looking for opportunities to socialize. Here is a partial list of social activities you could host on Zoom: dinner party, play date, singalong, game night, trivia contest, book club meeting, coffee breaks or slide shows! Be creative, laugh at yourself and learn from your mistakes as we muddle through this new way of connecting—together.  

Remember you are not alone. Maybe most importantly, know that even if you feel alone, there are others out there, ready and waiting to help. If you’re struggling: 

Find a support group. With a simple Google search you can find online support groups and peer support services to engage on issues that matter most to you. Or get some peers together and host your own support group on Zoom. 

Use e-mental health services. There are hundreds of online portals and hubs to connect you to virtual and online support services such as online courses, coaching and therapy. Check out the Government of Canada’s new Wellness Together portal, or check in with your local CMHA to see what they have to offer online and over the phone. 

In crisis? Please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free (In QC: 1-866-277-3553), 24/7 or visit www.crisisservicescanada.ca   


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Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
B0K 1L0


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