UBC - Purdy Pavilion

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UBC - Purdy Pavilion

Purdy Pavilion is part of the hospital complex at the University of British Columbia. It has residential care on the first, second and fourth floors, a Transitional Care Unit on the third floor, and a number outpatient clinics and research offices.The pavilion has a library, chapel, gift shop and an outdoor garden and patio.

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Building amenities

Under the auspices of the occupational therapy department, a full range of activities, including music therapy, are provided for residents Monday through Saturday. These take place in all areas of the building and surrounding garden. Group activities range from sports, current affairs discussions, word games, Travel Club, Breakfast Club, variety shows, movies, bingo, baking, music, and special events. The physiotherapy department offers a resident walking program, range of motion exercises and some one to one activities.

Language, culture, religious affiliations

Language spoken is predominantly English, with interpreter services available. Purdy Pavilion welcomes all linguistic, cultural and religious affiliations.

Accreditation status

Yes: 2009-2012

Philosophy of care

Purdy is committed to the Eden Alternative.

Type of accommodation

Most rooms have shared accommodation. There are a small number of private rooms on each floor. These can be used by couples, and residents wishing more privacy, but also for residents with special needs. The fourth floor has a special focus on dementia care.

Nutritious meals including therapeutic diets are individualized to the extent possible to suit individual special needs and preferences.


Residents pay 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation. Minimum and maximum rates apply. There may be other costs not included in the resident contribution. For more information on costs, please refer to the Information on Residential Care Guide. 

Special recreation opportunities




Motorized scooter policy

Purdy accommodates power chairs and residents requiring oxygen therapy.

Pet policy


Smoking policy

Smoking is permitted in a designated outdoor smoking area.

Safety/security features

Elevators service Purdy Pavilion. Alert bracelets are provided for residents who may wander. These will demobilise the elevator. However, while stairs are “alarmed”, they are not locked. Sprinklers are in place throughout common areas as well as in resident rooms. The premises are patrolled by security 24 hours a day.

Neighbourhood/community amenities

Purdy is served by a number of bus lines to the UBC campus. The campus amenities include the botanical gardens, Pacific Spirit Park, Chan Centre, Museum of Anthropology and the University Village.

Facility-specific restrictions

On physician orders, families may bring in alcohol for Purdy residents.