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Assisted living in BC is offered throughout the province, from the large metro areas of Vancouver and Surrey, to the smaller suburban and rural cities and towns. No matter where your search for care is focused in the province, we will work to help you find the right assisted living community for you or your elderly loved one.
According to the British Columbia Ministry of Health in British Columbia, assisted living services are regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (the act). Assisted living services include housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services, such as regular assistance with activities of daily living, medication services, or psycho-social supports. Both publicly subsidized and private-pay assisted living residences that meet the definition of an assisted living residence under the act are required to be registered with the provincial assisted living registrar.
Some other services or features of Assisted Living in BC include:
A Place for Mom is a member of the British Columbia Seniors Living Association (BCSLA), a voluntary, membership-driven organization. As a part of BCSLA, we work with Independent and Assisted Living providers to form and strengthen vital resident-responsive communities that foster independence and freedom of choice for seniors.
In 2013, the average monthly rent for assisted living units in BC was $2,747. Rates vary widely by location and unit size, with studio suites in non-urban BC averaging $1,597 per month, at the low end of the scale, and 2-bedroom apartments in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Central Coast areas averaging over $3,900 per month, at the upper end of the range.
Protect the health, safety and dignity of people cared for in licensed community care facilities (residential and child day care) by setting minimum health and safety requirements, and allow for response to complaints. Provide for registration of assisted living residences and response to complaints.
Define designated continuing care services; establish client fees associated with those services; authorize funding of non‐hospital based health care services, excluding physician services.
Provide for the designation, licensing, administration, inspection, and regulation of extended care and private hospitals according to standards of management and care.
Define beneficiaries who are insured to receive benefits and establish fees for persons receiving care in extended care and private hospitals.
Allow for the establishment of specialized mental health facilities, and the provision of services for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of persons with a mental disorder, including dementia. Also provides for the involuntary detention of those persons for examination and treatment.
Establish the standards that pharmacists must follow to protect the health and safety of persons using prescribed drugs, and provides specific bylaws for community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and residential care pharmacy services.
Provide protection for persons who pay for services in advance, such as persons living in assisted living residences and residential care facilities.
Enable adults to plan for a time when they may become incapable of making their own decisions. Representation agreements can cover all aspects of an adult's life ‐ health and personal care, as well as financial and legal matters.
Protect adults from abuse or neglect, including requirements for reporting. Regulate the Public Guardian and Trustee’s appointment of persons to make decisions or assist an adult make decisions about the adult’s personal care, health care, legal matters, or financial affairs.
Establish the requirements for obtaining consent to treatment including circumstances in which a person can give valid substitute consent on behalf of an adult who is incapable.
Define the powers of the Public Guardian and Trustee in the investigation of financial abuse.
Provide for a capable adult to delegate decisions about financial and legal matters to another person within certain limitations.
Provide the Supreme Court of BC with the power to appoint a committee of the person and a person’s estate for an individual who has been deemed no longer able to manage their own property and financial affairs.
Regulate the collection of information by public bodies, and provides rights of access to information by persons whose information is held by public bodies, including health authorities.
Establish the Patient Care Quality Review Offices and Boards which are responsible for reviewing appropriate “care quality complaints” from persons receiving health care services or their family members and assisting with resolution.
Protect vulnerable adults from individuals whose criminal record indicates they pose a threat of physical, sexual, or in the case of adults, financial abuse.
Set out the powers, duties and jurisdiction of the Coroner’s Office to investigate all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths, and to make recommendations to improve public safety and prevent death in similar circumstances.
Building code regulates safety in the design, construction, and occupancy of buildings in the province, including assisted living residences and residential care facilities.
Set out requirements for various classes of buildings, including assisted living residences and residential care facilities; Code contains technical requirements designed to provide an acceptable level of fire safety within a community.
Set out the powers, duties and jurisdiction of the provincial ombudsperson to oversee the administrative actions of government authorities, including health authorities, and conduct special reviews.
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A Place for Mom is the largest assisted living referral service. We are paid by our participating communities, therefore our service is offered at no charge to families.
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