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Ministry of Health

Assisted Living Registrar

Information for Residents

The Assisted Living Registrar is committed to providing assisted living residents and their families, prospective residents and the general public with helpful, easily accessible, up-to-date information about the role and services of the Assisted Living Registrar and about assisted living in B.C.

Before Moving to Assisted Living: What You Need to Know

People who are considering a move to an assisted living residence need to know:

  • What services are offered?
  • How often will they be provided — e.g., will you get one, two or three meals per day?
  • Who will be providing the service?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Are there any extra charges — e.g. for additional services, such as the operator doing your personal laundry?

Prospective residents may also wish to ask about things such as “Can I bring a pet?” or “Can pets visit?” or “Can I smoke in my unit?”
Many assisted living operators and health authorities offer helpful information about the sorts of things people should consider when thinking about moving into an assisted living residence. The Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Assisted Living Handbook provides a checklist for preparing to move and questions to ask the operator when touring an assisted living residence.

The philosophy of assisted living
Who is assisted living for?
Services offered in assisted living residences
If a resident’s health changes
Publicly subsidized and private-pay assisted living
Eligibility for publicly subsidized assisted living
To apply for publicly subsidized assisted living