Modern long-term care homes are the result of continual improvement over the last few decades. Today’s homes often permit seniors to bring their own furniture or touches of home with them. They also cater to particular cultural or special diets, like vegetarianism, kosher and diabetics. These ameliorations make the transition from one’s own home to a retirement home (at which they must depend on others for help) much less stressful.
Public vs. Private Long Term Care
British Columbia is home to both public and private long-term care homes. If you choose to live in a public home, the province will pay a portion of your living expenses. However, you will be responsible for some of the costs. On the other hand, private long-term homes do not receive any provincial funding. But these homes typically offer more amenities than do public homes. Such luxuries might include: light housekeeping, movie theaters, concierges, and lounges.
When you are visiting a home, be sure to ask as many questions as you can possibly think of. Although long-term care can be expensive, ask residence staff about financial assistance that might be available.
Retirement in British Columbia
B.C. is also a great place in which to live. One of the most common benefits that residents of B.C.’s long-term care homes cite is that they get to live in the midst of amazing natural scenery. As such, this province is great for seniors who are interested in art therapy or simply enjoy relaxing and even therapeutic outdoor experiences. Vancouver retirement homes are world-class, and homes in Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island are also spectacular.
Tips for Choosing a BC Long Term Care Home
Here are a few things to consider before choosing a long-term care home.
- Plan early! Do not wait for you or your loved one to desperately need long-term care. Explore your options, so that when the need arises, you will be prepared.
- For family members of potential continuing care residents: Talk to your loved one before making any decisions. A lifestyle change that involves switching to depending on someone else is a really important and potentially emotional decision. You should talk to your family member when his or her mind is sharp to ensure that you understand his or her preferences.
- Be thorough. Explore any possible long-term care retirement home options.
- Long-term homes usually have many different styles of room. When you visit one of these facilities, you should ask to see all of these options.
- Make sure you ask about any hidden costs, as many continuing care homes force you to pay more than the given flat monthly rate (i.e. meals).
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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.
6205 Oliver Road, Nanaimo,
British Columbia, V9T 6T1
Origin at Longwood offers a choice of spacious suites, featuring large windows with a variety of exposures to Nanaimo’s vistas or Longwood’s pristine forests – most suites also feature a private balcony or patio.
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.
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.
1345 56th Street, Tsawwassen,
British Columbia, V4L 2P9
Featuring bright suites surrounded by pedestrian pathways, and a two-acre water feature in Tsawwassen town-centre. Two choices in all-inclusive senior housing: independent living and a licensed Care Centre suites.
438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V5Y 05M
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.
5840 Glover Rd, Langley,
British Columbia, V3A 9K3
An oasis in the heart of Langley City, Magnolia Gardens features bright, spacious suites and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Two choices in senior living: 115 independent living suites, and a 40 suite licensed Care Centre.
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!
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.
4680 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria,
British Columbia, V8Z 0B4
4110 Norfolk Street, Burnaby,
British Columbia, V5G 0C1
A safe and rewarding lifestyle in a Burnaby seniors housing community you're proud to call home.
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.
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.