Assisted Living in BC

Communities offering support and assistance in British Columbia

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British Columbia's assisted living homes and facilities offer the best in care, surrounded by unbelievable natural settings like the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, or by wonderful cities such as Victoria and Vancouver. For those elderly who are unable to live alone any longer, this retirement living arrangement is an ideal solution, offering peace of mind to families and friends. Many people who move into a seniors' residence find themselves renewed, with a newly revived positive outlook on life. 


Assisted living in British Columbia

Berwick House  

4062 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8N 3E6

Berwick House offers comfort, security and our usual high standard of affordable luxury. Steps away from a mall, cinema and other conveniences, you’ll find everything you need for an independent and active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Berwick On The Park  

60 Whiteshield Crescent, South Kamloops, British Columbia, V2E 2S9

Nestled on the hillside, Berwick on the Park offers stunning panoramic mountain, valley and river views and flexible retirement lifestyles, including independent living and assisted living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Parksville  

180 Jensen Ave East, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 0G9

At Berwick Parksville, we strive to change the perception of retirement living by empowering our Residents to live their best life with us. We think of it as inspired retirement living.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk  

2799 Yew Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6K 4W2

Tapestry at Arbutus Walk is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Tapestry at Wesbrook Village  

3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 0A6

Tapestry at Wesbrook VIllage is an active aging community that offers residents unlimited opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and improve their physical, mental and social well-being.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Qualicum Beach  

120 First Ave W, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, V9K 0B4

Berwick Qualicum Beach offers an array of amenities and engaging programs in our beautifully appointed community. Join our vibrant community today and enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle with some new friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Comox Valley  

1700 Comox Avenue, Comox, British Columbia, V9M 4H4

Berwick Comox Valley offers a resort-style retirement residence in a convenient downtown setting. This is West Coast living at its finest, truly affordable luxury.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick Royal Oak  

4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 0B4

Luxurious, Resort-Style Retirement Living where you can age in place; You’re Home at Last at Berwick Royal Oak on Vancouver Island in beautiful Victoria, BC.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Berwick On The Lake  

3201 Ross Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 6L9

At Berwick on the Lake, residents enjoy red seal chef prepared meals in their choice of 3 dining rooms. Beyond our beautiful amenities, our residents also enjoy a full wellness program. Resort style living at it's best!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Berwick by the Sea  

Berwick by the Sea 1353 16th Ave., Campbell River, British Columbia, V9W 0C4

Berwick by the Sea offers you the freedom to spend your time doing the things you love most. Every area of the community has been carefully designed to offer something for everyone. Come join us on your next adventure!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Concorde Retirement Residence - Verve Senior Living  

3235 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A 6G5

The Concorde has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with comfortable dining & excellent views of the mountains, along with extensive program activities; The Concorde is perfect for an active living & entertaining lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Granville Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Vineyards Residence  

726 Valley Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 0E9

The Vineyards approach to assisted living & memory care allows people to go about life as they always have, despite health changes. Beautiful suites & homemade meals. Discover for yourself why we say Life’s Better Here

Lifestyle Options: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Courtyard Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

7051 Moffat Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V6Y 3W2

Courtyard Gardens offers an enriching community, with quality staff & friendly & caring environment. 107 Private & Subsidized suites in Assisted Living, 31 Private Pay Extended Care studio suites & 1 Respite Suite.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-term care

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community - Verve Senior Living  

867 KLO Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9G5

Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term care

Thornebridge Gardens - Verve Senior Living  

649 8th Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 2R2

Thornebridge Gardens is one of New Westminster’s finest retirement residences, providing luxurious, worry-free surroundings with life enriching services that inspire healthy senior living. Many options are available!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

The Heritage - Verve Senior Living  

3630 Brown Rd, West Kelowna, British Columbia, V4T7Y9

The Heritage Retirement Residence encompasses an active living & entertaining lifestyle with supportive & assisted living measures, Our highly skilled registered health care team will provide assistance when you need it.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

Why choose an assisted living home

There are many reasons families and seniors feel the need to consider assisted living. Some signs might include: an empty refrigerator, constant small injuries, forgetfulness, inability to maintain one’s own home, and loss of personal hygiene. An assisted living home will help you or your family member with these daily tasks through services, like:

Services and care you'll find in assisted living

Assisted living means a specific level of care tailored to the needs of any senior who moves into one of these BC residences. Basic daily needs are taken care of, including daily meals in a communal dining environment, housekeeping and medication administration. These needs are covered in just about every assisted living facility. On top of that, there are other kinds of care tailored to the individual requirements of seniors. Some of these are as follows:

Retirement residences offer more care all the time, intended to meet the needs of seniors who may be used to "not needing anyone's help." The world of retirement is changing, and homes are better equipped, staffed and educated all the time, to help today's elderly. 

More benefits of a retirement home

Assisted living costs in British Columbia: a survey

The average cost of senior assisted living across the province of BC, according to one estimate, is $2700 per month. Actual costs that residents will pay will vary widely depending on the care options required, the actual location of the facility (Vancouver is of course more expensive than residences in some interior cities and towns) and the quality of the residence. Private care homes will offer more services and a lower staff-to-residents ratio (among other benefits), and will be priced accordingly.

Some example costs from across British Columbia:

City Starting cost/month What's included
Vancouver, BC $4070 Basic housekeeping, with specific care options extra
Burnaby, BC $3800 Basic housekeeping, specific assistance options extra
Kamloops, BC $3220 Basic services; assistance options priced individually
Victoria, BC $4510 Bathing, dressing assistance & more

These are just some examples from homes that have been listed here. Consult individual assisted living senior residences in BC to find out basic suite costs and what you will need to pay for extra kinds of assistance. You'll find more details about costs across the province, as well as a look at subsidized assisted living in our look at assisted living costs in BC

Retiring in BC from out of the province

For those moving from out of the province (to be nearer to family, perhaps) Canada’s west coast is incredibly diverse and would make any venture beyond the confines of your assisted living retirement home worthwhile. The mountain air and the more temperate climate are just two benefits of living in BC that will improve your health and your outlook on life. While some assisted living care facilities in BC seem high priced, you can rest assured knowing that all your monthly costs are covered under one umbrella.

Assisted living homes in the province are covered by government regulation, and (as of 2006) are also covered by the Assisted Living Registry of the BCSLA. This seal of approval ensures that you are getting the best retirement care money can buy.

A report by British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) in 2013 noted that the Community Care and Assisted Living Act focuses on health and safety concerns and does not – for example – concern itself with the quality of meals provided or other services. It also does not concern itself with false advertising on the part of care homes. Such concerns may be accountable under BC's Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act. The Report also recommends Advanced Disclosure policies. You can read the 2013 report here

In 2012, the BC Ombudsperson released a lengthy report on residents' rights called The Best of Care. This is a 400 plus page report based on three years of investigation into seniors' care in the province. The report focuses on the need for improvements in access to assistance and support in understanding the care system. It is followed up annually with updates on progress. You can review the report and updates here.

BC's Bill of Rights for Residents provides a summary of a number of standards of care that have been identified over the years in British Columbia, in the former Adult Care Regulations and newer Residential Care Regulations. We urge you to download and review the BC Residents' Bill of Rights.

We also urge families and seniors to go into some of the retirement villages and residences listed here in order to see for themselves what retirement living is like these days, and how vibrant and delightful today's senior care homes and villages are.

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