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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OPAL by Element  

438 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Y 05M

438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0M5 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.

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

Gilmore Gardens  

4088 Blundell Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7C 5V1

Like a condominium, you furnish your suite with the comforts from your home, including pets. At Gilmore Gardens, it's the people, residents and staff alike, that make this independent senior living community so special.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living

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!

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

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

The Waterford  

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.

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

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

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.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living

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.

Lifestyle Options: Memory Care, 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.

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.

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