Reopening for visits


Sunset Community ARC and Driftwood Cottage will be reopening for family visits effective today.  Contact 902-243-2571 to arrange a visit at the ARC, and 902-243-3227 to arrange a visit to Driftwood Cottage.  All visitors will be pre-screened, and must wear a mask during their visit.  The health and safety of participants and employees of Sunset Community continues to be our priority.

Thank you, Julie Hoeg

Announcement – Visits to The Sunset Community

Dear Family & Friends,


In light of the recent outbreak in Zone 1 in neighboring New Brunswick, we have determined that we will be closed to visitors and non-essential workers for the next 2 week period to ensure prevention of spread of COVID-19. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of clients and employees at Sunset Community.  This decision will be reassessed on October 26th, and further information provided at that time.  For any visits booked during this period, someone will be in contact to reschedule your visit, and alternatively we can offer other options for a visit, such as Skype.


We appreciate your understanding during this time.


Thank you all.


Julie Hoeg

Executive Director

Sunset Community

P.O. Box 130

Pugwash, N.S.  B0K 1L0

Business Resources for People with Disabilities


From AABRS in the UK

As part of their series on startups, they are addressing the subject of helpful business resources for those with disabilities.

If you’re a disabled entrepreneur considering a new venture, these organisations are there to offer help. They include specialist business funding, opportunities for grants, as well as local resources, advisory bodies and the possibility of mentorship.

The link below takes you to their Canadian specific page for information on the possible resources that may be available to you.

Business Resources for People with Disabilities


Out for a Terry Fox walk


Sunday the 20th September was The Terry Fox Virtual Run One Day. Your Way event.

Our guys at Driftwood Cottage decided to honour the event by doing a walk up and down their driveway. It was the perfect day to get involved and show support for the mission of the foundation.

Way to go guys 🙂

For more information on The Terry Fox Foundation and ways you can support their mission click here


Would you like to be on our Board of Directors?

The Sunset Community is currently searching for an enthusiastic and engaged community member to serve on our Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in any of the following fields related to:

Human Resources
Health Care
Social Enterprise

As a Sunset Community Board Member, you will be expected to:
– Maintain a voluntary position with a 3 year commitment.
– Regularly attend board meetings (September, November, January, March, May, and June), meetings take place 10 am on 4th Thursday at Sunset in Pugwash, NS.
– Govern the affairs of the organization on behalf of its members; in accordance with the bylaws, rules and philosophies of the organization.

To apply: Please send your CV to

The Sunset Community is a non-profit organization providing residential, community -based and vocational services and supports to individuals with diverse abilities in the Pugwash area for over one hundred and twenty years. Our Mission is to provide the best person-centered services, and to Help People be the Best They Can Be. Sunset provides employment to approximately 180 individuals in Cumberland County, as well as 60 Vocational positions for participants.

What a beautiful day 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.

Read More…

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



140 Sunset Lane,
Pugwash, Nova Scotia,
B0K 1L0


E-mail: General inquires
Phone: 902.243.2571
Fax: 902.243.3222

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