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Long-term care

COVID-19 update

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.

In this section

Find out information about eligibility, costs and languages at long-term care homes. 

How do I access long-term care?If you're current living at home or in the hospital, find out what are the next steps.

Use our resources and recommendations to help you choose a long-term care home. 

Services provided in long-term care

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

  • Nutritious meals

  • Medication management

  • Laundry

  • Recreational activity programs

  • Support and relief for families and loved ones who are providing care

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