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Residential Care

Our residential care facilities provide 24-hour professional care and supervision in a protective, supportive environment for people who have complex care needs and can no longer be cared for in their own homes.

Services include: an assisted meal service, medication supervision, personal assistance with daily activities, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, a planned program of social and recreational activities and 24-hour nursing care.

When does a person move into Residential Care?

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 an assisted living residence or a residential care facility.

Moving to Residential Care
Residential care services are for adults who can no longer live safely or independently at home or in assisted living because of their complex health care needs. Residential care facilities provide 24-hour nursing care by registered nurses, personal care assistants, and other support.

Clients are assessed for residential care by a case manager, either in the client’s home or in the hospital, depending on the situation. Assessments include a review of financial information to determine the client rate to be paid.

Clients that are eligible will be offered placement in a care facility in their community when a vacancy is available. If a bed is not immediately available in the facility, the client will be placed on a wait list.

Short Term Stay Options

Residential care also offers short-term placements to offer a short period of rest or relief to primary caregivers, or to provide specialized services not readily provided in the home.

Short-term stays in residential care are generally for respite care, convalescent care or hospice palliative care.

Respite Care

Respite care can give the caregiver temporary relief from the emotional and physical demands of caring for a friend or family member. Respite may take the form of a service in the client’s home, or the client may be admitted, on a short-term basis, to a residential care facility, hospice or other community setting. Your case manager will work with you and your family to determine your needs and eligibility.

Convalescent Care

Convalescent care is a short term residential care service primarily for older adults with a chronic illness who require more time to recover following a stay in the hospital, before returning home. During your stay, our staff will assist you to regain your strength and mobility so you can safely carry out your activities of daily living when you return home.

Hospice Palliative Care

Hospice palliative care in a residential care setting provides care and comfort for clients who are at the end stages of life. Short stay admissions are for control of symptoms such as pain or nausea, transition from hospital to home and for caregiver rest.

Contact your local Home Health / Community Services office for more information about short term respite options.


More Information


See Also

For more information on residential care, visit the Long-Term Residential Care page on the BC Ministry of Health website.



Contact your local Home Health / Community Services office to ask for an assessment if you feel residential care placement is right for you or your family member.