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.


Palliative care in Greater Vancouver

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

Magnolia Gardens  

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.

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

Amica West Vancouver   

659 Clyde Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, V7T 1C8

Tucked away between the North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean, our residence offers the best of West Vancouver. Enjoy access to trails and shopping—a comfortable yet sophisticated lifestyle at Amica West Vancouver.

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

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

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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.

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