British Columbia Seniors

Home and Community Care

Long-term Residential Care

In BC, nursing homes are referred to as long-term residential care . Publicly funded residential care facilities receive subsidizes for accommodation and care costs. Privately funded residential homes do not received subsidization, and therefore the resident is responsible for the full cost of care and accommodations. Additionally, there will likely be cost differences between publicly and privately funded homes.
For a detailed and comprehensive description of the long-term care system, please visit www.nursinghomeratings.ca.

Assisted-Living

Assisted Living refers to a retirement home level of care for which your health needs must qualify.

Community Nursing

Home care, known in BC as Community Nursing, provides individuals with a licensed nurse professional in a range of settings such as an individual’s home, assisted living residence, or group home.

Subsidized vs Private Care

BC seniors may choose from publicly subsidized care or private pay services. In general, subsidized care is subject to eligibility requirements and assessments, and care is arrange and provided by Health Authorities. Seniors who use private pay services are able to ‘shop around’ for services, sign agreements directly with the provider, and do not receive any financial assistance from the government.

Elder Abuse

Victim Link

If you suspect elder abuse, contact VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808 or e-mail VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca and you can receive information and referrals.

Seniors Advocacy and Information Line (SAIL)

A BC senior is the victim of abuse or neglect can call toll-free 1-866-437-1940 or 604-437-1940 (from the Lower Mainland) to speak with a trained professional.

Home Adaptation

British Columbia seniors who want to modify their home to compensate for age-related changes and continue living in their own home may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

Home Adaptations for Seniors

Low-income seniors who qualify may receive up to $20,000 in a forgivable loan to make their home accessible and safe.

BC Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit

BC Seniors over the age of 65 may make some permanent alterations to their home to make it more functional and may receive a tax credit up to $1000. For more details, please visit B. C Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit.

Finances

Property Tax Deferment
As per the British Columbia Families and Residents website, “If you are a homeowner who is 55 years or older, a surviving spouse, or a person with a disability, you may be able to defer payment of the property taxes on your main residence.”

Caregiver Tax Credit

If you are a caregiver and living in the same dwelling as the care recipient you may be eligible for a tax credit.

Government Website

British Columbia residents looking for more information about senior related issues can visit the province’s website dedicated to seniors, www.seniors.bc.ca.