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Palliative care in Vancouver

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Vancouver offers various options for those seeking hospice or palliative care, but retirement homes present a unique care environment often overlooked by many families faced with this need. Modern retirement residences create the environment of a big warm home, with the added benefit of onsite medical staff and personal service workers.

Consult with homes listed below to learn more about their many advantages. 

Seniors' residences in Vancouver offering hospice care


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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk
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Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2
A senior living community in Vancouver, BC offering luxurious seniors' apartments in an active community, along with assisted living and other options.
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village
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Tapestry at Wesbrook Village

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6
This beautiful Vancouver seniors' community offers a variety of private suites, along with community services including dining, wellness activities and more.
OPAL by Element
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OPAL by Element

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4 Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
Cedar Springs PARC
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Cedar Springs PARC

3633 Mount Seymour Pkwy, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 0A9
Located near Mt. Seymour in Vancouver's North Shore, Cedar Springs PARC offers retirement living within a beautiful natural environment. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Legacy Senior Living
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Legacy Senior Living

611 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0C7
Legacy Senior Living is Vancouver’s premier retirement community offering luxurious boutique-style retirement living for independent, active mature adults seeking an exceptional lifestyle in the heart of Oakridge.
Westerleigh PARC
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Westerleigh PARC

725 - 22nd Street, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7V 0B3
Westerleigh PARC offers refined retirement living in one of West Vancouver's most sought after addresses. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Mulberry PARC
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Mulberry PARC

7230 Acorn Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E 4N9
Mulberry PARC is a welcoming home and community in the heart of Burnaby, BC with the largest 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom retirement home suites available.
Arbourside Court
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Arbourside Court

13751 - 74th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3W 1A8
Welcome to Arbourside Court, a retirement home in the heart of Surrey, BC. Proudly serving our senior residents since 2001. Many activities to enjoy and new friendships to be made, we are always bustling with laughter.
Lifemark Residences
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Lifemark Residences

14018/14022 60A Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3X 2N2
LIFEMARK RESIDENCES,PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM 14018/14022 60 A Avenue Surrey,BC V3X 2N2 Chef prepared meals,housekeeping & Registered Massage Therapy all within a fun, communal environment where friendships can thrive
Granville Gardens
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Granville Gardens

1550 West 49th Avenue,, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6M 0B3
Located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood, Granville Gardens offers residents the opportunity to stay active and live in a well-appointed urban community, surrounded by shopping centres, parks, community centres.
Summerhill PARC
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Summerhill PARC

135 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7M 1R7
Summerhill PARC near the heart of Lonsdale and 15th Avenue in beautiful North Vancouver offers a highly social retirement community living experience. 1- and 2-bedroom suites available.
Chartwell Carlton Gardens Care Residence
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Chartwell Carlton Gardens Care Residence

4108 Norfolk Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G 0B4
Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Imperial Place Retirement Residence

13853 102nd Ave, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 5P6
Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence
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Chartwell Churchill House Retirement Residence

150 W. 29th Street, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7N 0A1
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community
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Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6

 

While this option may be under the radar for some people, the benefits of this type of hospice or palliative care are many.

Consider these advantages:

  • Retirement residences throughout Greater Vancouver offer a "best of both worlds" solution: seniors at end-of-life find themselves in an environment much more like home than most hospitals and other clinical settings, while also offering the best in pain and symptom management required by this type of care.
  • Seniors' homes facilitate community, where people of the same age and similar background find themselves under the same roof, on the same grounds and in the same boat. Your loved one lives in a pleasant environment where they find fellow-feeling with peers.
  • Homes offering palliative care will often have more detailed care including assistance with bathing and other activities of daily living. They may also have onsite amenities like a pool, spa or even a salon -- in other words "little things that make life better" -- no matter what stage people are at.  
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Provincial government assistance, and regulation of care

The province of British Columbia has a Palliative Care Benefits program. These benefits are available wherever the ailing senior lives, including those living in their own home or with family, using home care services,  in any British Columbia supportive or assisted living facility, or in a dedicated hospice or palliative unit. This legislation covers medications, medical supplies and equipment used in palliative care, through BC PharmaCare.

When you avail yourself of palliative care in a BC retirement home, there are a number of things to bear in mind. Most residences with end-of-life care will also have assisted living facilities; assuming this, check to be sure that the facility is a member of the BCSLA's Assisted Living Registry. This is a trusted seal of approval, reason to feel assured you are getting the very best care available. Assisted living facilities in BC are also covered by government regulation.

The BC Ombudsperson offers annual updates on implementation of 170+ recommendations of a 2012 report called The Best of Care. The original report (more than 400 pages long) offers a series of recommendations based on three years' investigation into care in British Columbia. This is yet another indication of the province's progressive-mindedness in monitoring improvements to health care services for seniors, their availability, and the legal protection of seniors in care.

Families and prospective palliative care clients in the province should also be aware of BC's Bill of Rights for Residents, written specifically for those in seniors' care. It provides a quick, simple summary of standards based on many years of seniors' care programs in the province, notably BC Residential Care Regulations. Download the BC Residents' Bill of Rights here.

Sources and resources

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/../plan-p-bc-palliative-care-benefits-program

https://bchpca.org/




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