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Residential care resources

Wildfire and Heat Advisories

Residential care facilities and wildfire smoke

Residential care facilities and heat

Standards of Practice

Visit the BC Ministry of Health - Residential care website for more information

Residential care facility inspection checklist

Director of licensing standard of practice: Preventing opioid overdose deaths

Communicable Disease Control

VCH Public Health Facility GI Outbreak Policy
This document is intended for use by healthcare professionals and licensed childcare group daycare operators. The document summarizes the recommendations of the Medical Health Officer for the prevention and control of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks and should be used as a resource to develop or augment existing childcare outbreak protocols.
Adult Care GI Outbreak Surveillance

Health Care Facility - VCH Enteric Outbreak Summary Form

Nutrition manuals

VCH residential care facilities that are licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act have access to a licensing nutritionist. The nutritionist can help facilities meet the nutrition requirements of the regulations.
Meals and more manual
This is a quality improvement and resource guide for nutrition care in small adult care facilities (24 beds or under).
Forms to accompany meals and more
Audits and more manual
This is a nutrition and food service audit manual for larger adult residential care facilities (24 persons or more).

Audit tools to accompany audits and more manual

Sexual health guidelines

Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities: A Pocket Reference Guide
These guidelines should be used by administrative staff and professional care providers to develop facility-appropriate policies, procedures, training materials, etc., related to sexual health and intimacy.This document is only a guide, and it is up to each care facility to decide how to address the various risks identified. The guidelines do not represent policies or procedures that are in place at any specific care facility, and are not mandatory guidelines that have been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Emergency preparedness 

The BC Residential Care Regulation requires your facility to have an emergency plan that addresses each of the four pillars of emergency management.

  1. Mitigation

  2. Preparedness

  3. Response

  4. Recovery

Create your residential care facility emergency plan

Below is a Word template you can use to draft your residential care facility emergency plan. If you have an existing emergency plan, elements of the template can be used to supplement that document.

Vancouver Coastal Health Hospice start up guidelines

There are a number of standards, guidelines, regulations and requirements that relate to the development and operations of hospices. We created hospice start up guidelines to help our hospice service providers navigate through the wealth of information available and provide a framework that will assist them in the planning, development and operations of their hospice. The guidelines are most relevant for hospices within the VCH geographic region. 

Download the VCH Hospice start up guidelines.


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