When choosing Residential Care facility, think about what is important to you in selecting your new home.
A good place to start is our Residential Care Facilities at a Glance Matrix.
There is also an exhaustive list of things to think about when choosing a Residential Care facility in the BC Ministry of Health resource called Planning for your care needs: Help in selecting a residential care facility.
If possible, it is best to visit each facility you are considering for Residential Care.
Residential care facilities typically have policies about facility tours and pre-admission visits. These policies are developed to protect the privacy and dignity of residents who call the facility home.
Please do not drop by and expect a staff member to stop what they are doing to provide a tour. It is better to check with the facility first and arrange a convenient time to visit so that staff are available to show you around and provide an overview of the services that are available. You may also want to take a family member or trusted friend with you when you visit.
When you visit, ask for a copy of the admissions contract/agreement that describes the care and accommodation that is available. The agreement should also describe the costs of available services as well as any extra charges that may apply for special additional services (e.g., hairdressing, dental check up, podiatry).
Many facilities have information brochures available that provide an overview of their services and approach to care. If you have access to a computer, you may also check if the facility you are interested has a website, as many have helpful information online.
We have a number of residential care homes in our region. View listings in our Locations & services directory for more details.