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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications

What senior care options are available in BC?

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Besides private home care, publicly subsidized home & community care services are available by the local health authority in the seniors living area in BC for seniors who are unable to function independently on their own in their home either based on acute, chronic health conditions or a terminal illness or disease.


BC's publicly subsidized home & community care services are based on various eligibility criteria including citizenship, residency, age, the current health condition as well as the specific care required for each service that are based on a seniors care needs assessment. Such has to be conducted by the local health authority in the area where the senior lives. Besides meeting the above criteria, each available care service has its own requirements.

It is important to know that some publicly subsidized home & community care services are provided free of charge, while there is a cost for others that is shared between the Ministry of Health and the senior receiving services (referred to as the client rate).

The client rate is either based on the senior's income and or pension or set as a fixed rate, depending on the home and community care service the person will be receiving after the required care needs assessment by the local health authority.

For more information, visit BC's Government website on care options, costs & care eligibility and access the needs assessment criteria for each individual care service available:



How to arrange for subsidized home & community care in BC?

Contact the local health authorities' home and community care office based in the area where the senior resides.


For more information, visit the below link:







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