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 more on the
COVID-19 long-term care and assisted living page and the
COVID-19 FAQs page.
Long-term care homes provide professional care and supervision to adults in a supportive and secure environment. The services are available to people with complex care needs, and physical and/or mental health conditions who cannot live safely and independently at home. Read the Introduction to long-term care handbook.
Long-term care may also be known as extended care, residential care, nursing home care or geriatric care facility.
All long-term care homes in British Columbia must provide care that meets established standards. Our Vancouver Coastal Health community care licensing office ensures the following standards are met.
24-hour professional nursing and personal care
Accommodation in a safe and secure environment
Recreational activity programs
Support and relief for families and loved ones who are providing care