Assisted Living in BC

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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 Vancouver, Victoria and the BC interior

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Camellia Residences

Camellia Residences

10928 132 Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 3W7
At Camellia Residences, The nature of life here is like living in a well appointed all-inclusive resort, where incredible food and pleasant activities provide an environment for friendships and social interaction.
Thornebridge Gardens

Thornebridge Gardens

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!
The Heritage

The Heritage

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.
Tapestry at Arbutus Walk

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

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.
The Village Langley

The Village Langley

3920 198th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V3A1E1
We believe that the desire for fulfillment and living a life with purpose does not diminish with a diagnosis of dementia. We focus on the possibilities of each person, supporting each to live with laughter, love and joy.
Courtyard Gardens

Courtyard Gardens

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.


180 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, British Columbia, V9P 2H2
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.
Granville Gardens

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.
Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

Hawthorn Park Retirement Community

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.
The Concorde Retirement Residence

The Concorde Retirement Residence

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.
Hamilton High Street Residence

Hamilton High Street Residence

23100 Garripie Avenue, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 0B9
Welcome to where independence meets peace of mind. Experience Richmond's cruise-inspired community offering gourmet meals, active living, entertainment & services that are not in-your-face, but there when you need them.
The Vineyards Residence

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
OPAL by Element

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.
Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

Chartwell Willow Retirement Community

12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2X 6H5
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Maple Ridge seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Crescent Gardens Retirement Community

1222 King George Blvd., Surrey, British Columbia, V4A 9W6
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Surrey seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Community

8888-202 Street, Langley, British Columbia, V1M 4A7
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Langley seniors housing community you're proud to call home.

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:

  • Help with changing clothes
  • Three prepared daily meals
  • Help with walking
  • Assistance with personal chores (i.e. showering, dressing, going to the bathroom)
  • Emergency protocols and communications devices
  • Personal laundry

Service and care offered by senior assisted living residences

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:

  • Mobility assistance for seniors in wheelchairs, or with other mobility concerns. Transfer assistance is provided by on-site staff at many BC assisted living care facilities.
  • Incontinence care may be required by some seniors, and this problem is dealt with in a very respectful and dignified fashion by dedicated nursing care staff.
  • Bathing assistance is another feature of care offered, also dealt with in a dignified manner.
  • Dressing assistance is another kind of care that may be included in costs of homes or may be specified by families looking into assisted living needs.

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. 

Some secondary benefits

  • Social Interaction — There are numerous opportunities for social interaction and to make friends at an assisted living home. Group dining experiences and community activities, like bingo or gardening, bring residents together.
  • Constant service — Of course, you could request privacy whenever you want it. However, life at an assisted living facility is a lot easier than it would be in your own home. It is, in short, a lot more care free, as the facilities’ staff will look after your basic needs or whatever you need help with. You will no longer be in charge of maintaining your own home. Life will become increasingly relaxing.
  • Touches of home — Usually, you could bring small personal items, like a few minor pieces of furniture or family photos, with you. And, many retirement homes allow pets (which has benefits for many). However, you will have to part with some things, and there are things to consider as you pack and move into a retirement home.
  • Safe Environments — An assisted living home’s staff are always ready to rapidly respond to any emergency. And, you should always feel comfortable and safe, as you will know that the facility will be monitored twenty-four hours daily, seven days weekly.
  • Enjoyability — Assisted living homes can be fun and lively environments, as there are always community activities, like concerts and games. You need not be bored at one of these facilities!

Costs associated with assisted living in British Columbia

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

Retirement in BC

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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