During the COVID-19 pandemic, teams from Vancouver Coastal Health's Long-Term Care team work closely with the staff at the long-term care home, Public Health Officers and Infection Prevention and Control to contain a COVID-19 outbreak and keep residents safe. That is our priority. Learn about on the COVID-19 long-term care and assisted living page.
If you need help with meals and personal care, particularly if you are living alone or feeling isolated, assisted living services may be an option for you. Assisted living is a housing plus health services option if you are still relatively independent but need a little extra help. It is one of the many
Home and Community Care services we offer.
We provide subsidized assisted living service. Your monthly contribution to assisted living services covers:
Accommodation: includes a private, lockable apartment or suite that you furnish with your own belongings. Buildings also have common dining and socializing spaces.
Hospitality services: includes two meals a day (lunch and supper), weekly housekeeping, weekly laundering of linens (towels and sheets), social and recreational opportunities and 24-hour emergency response system.
Personal care services: includes assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing and medication management.
This service is for seniors and people living with physical disabilities. You must:
Be eligible for home and community care services. Visit the eligibility for home & community care page for more details.
Be able to direct your own care and make decisions.
Be able to live independently but require help with daily activities.
Be able to communicate and be understood by others.
Not behave in ways that place the safety of others at risk.
Be able to take direction in an emergency and use the emergency response system.
Not be managing well in your home with the available services.
Individual tenants pay a monthly fee based on 70% of your after-tax income, with a set minimum and maximum amount. The cost covers monthly rental accommodation, hospitality services (e.g. meals, housekeeping) and personal care. Couples living together pay up to 70% of their combined after tax income. There are pre-established rates for clients on income assistance and disability benefits.
You may be required to pay other fees for services not covered in the monthly rate based on your personal choices, including telephone, cable, hydro, household and toiletry supplies, medications, personal care supplies and insurance costs. Some facilities also require a damage deposit upon move-in.
You will be told about all fees before you move in. You make these payments to the assisted living operator each month, along with a small BC Hydro surcharge. Learn more by reading our Assisted Living Handbook.
There are also privately operated, non-subsidized assisted living sites where we have no involvement in the funding or access process. Refer to the
Seniors Housing Directory of BC for more information. You can also look in the phone book under Retirement Communities and Homes. The B.C. Seniors Advocate website is another good resource.
Scroll down for a list of our long-term care homes. Click on the listings for more details and photos.