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Assisted Living

Assisted Living emphasizes the principles of individuality, choice, dignity, privacy, and independence for individuals.

Assisted living residences provide housing, hospitality and personalized assistance services for adults who can live independently but require regular assistance with daily activities, usually because of age, illness or disabilities. Support services promote occupants’ independence, while involving family and friends in their care.

Assisted living residences combine building features and services that enable people to remain in their community as long as they are able to self-direct their own care. They maximize independence, while promoting choice, self-direction and dignity.

When does a person move into an Assisted Living unit?

When a client’s health care needs become more complex, moving to a facility that provides a higher level of care than is possible to provide in the home, may be the best option. Home Health professionals are responsible for determining whether a client requires, and is eligible to move to, either a publicly subsidized assisted living residence or a residential care facility.

Moving to Assisted Living

Assisted Living services are intended for adults who can no longer live safely in their homes, but do not meet the criteria for residential care. Eligible clients will have the ability to make decisions on their own behalf and are able to live independently, but require assistance with personal care.

Clients that are eligible will be offered placement in an assisted living residence in their community when a vacancy is available. If a unit is not immediately available, the client will be placed on a wait list. Eligibility does not guarantee occupancy. Vacancies at each site vary and predicting an occupancy date is often not possible.

Your monthly assisted living payment provides you with rental accommodation, hospitality services and personal care services.

  • Rental Accommodation – your unit is a private, lockable, unfurnished studio or one-bedroom suite that you furnish with your own belongings. Each suite has its own bathroom and kitchenette with a small refrigerator and usually a stove or microwave.
  • Hospitality Services – consist of meals, housekeeping, laundry, social and recreational opportunities, and a 24-hour response system. 
  • Personal Assistance Services – may include assistance with tasks like bathing, grooming, dressing and mobility.

Contact your local Home Health / Community Services office to ask for an assessment if you feel the assisted living option is right for you or your family member.

Accreditation of Assisted Living Residences

Accreditation is not a requirement of Assisted Living, but some residences have received accreditation status.




More Information

Additional Resources:

For more information on assisted living, visit the Assisted Living page on the BC Ministry of Health website.