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Is long-term care right for me?

Long-Term Care is the BC Ministry of Health term for what you may know as Extended Care, Nursing Home Care, Long-Term Care or Geriatric Care Facility. 

Vancouver Coastal Health believes the best quality of life is achieved by remaining in one's own home environment for as long as possible. To this end, the Home Health and Community Care Case Manager will complete an assessment and help you explore options that will allow you to manage in your home.

When you are no longer able to stay at home with assistance, your local Home Health and Community Care office is available to assist you with options.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be 19 years of age or older.

  • Have lived in British Columbia for three months.

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status*.

  • Be unable to function independently because of chronic, health-related problems or have been diagnosed by a doctor with an end-stage illness.

*You must be a landed immigrant or are on a Minister's permit approved by the Ministry of Health Services.

Access to Long-Term Care is based on a person's assessed need and risk. Long-Term Care is for adults with complex health care needs requiring 24-hour professional care due to physical disability or mental or behavioural conditions, including brain injuries or dementia.

Services provided in long-term care

  • 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

The BC Ministry of Health also provides a resource called Planning for your care needs: Help in selecting a long-term care facility

All Long-Term Care facilities in British Columbia must provide care that meets established standards. Our Vancouver Coastal Health Community Care Licensing office ensures these standards are met.

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