Costs of Home & Community Care
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Information on where charges apply

Fees are based on your income.  Some of the Community Care services are provided free of charge. Others include a fee, which is determined according to your income. There may be a cost for some equipment or supplies.

To access these services, you must agree to a financial assessment which will help determine your client rate. Private pay services may also be available in your community.

Occasionally costs may be covered by the Insurance Corporation of BC, WorkSafe BC, Veterans Affairs Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch or other alternate payers.

Clients may apply for a temporary reduction in client rate to provide relief from serious financial hardship.

Services provided free of charge

Services where charges may apply

Services where charges do apply

Assisted Living: There is a monthly fee based on 70% of your after-tax income, with a set minimum and maximum amount.  There are pre-established rates for clients on income assistance and disability benefits. You may be required to pay other fees for services not covered in the monthly rate based on your personal choices, including telephone, cable, hydro, household and toiletry supplies, medications, personal care supplies and insurance costs. Some facilities also require a damage deposit upon move-in. You will be notified of all fees before you move in.  Visit the Assisted Living page for more information about this service. This charge is paid monthly to the Assisted Living Operator along with a small monthly BC Hydro surcharge.

Long-term Care:Care: Publicly subsidized long-term care costs a monthly fee based on 80 per cent of your after-tax income, with set minimum and maximum rates. You may be required to pay other fees for services not covered in the monthly rate. For example, there may be additional fees for things like optional activities and hairdressing services. Facility staff will inform you of these fees prior to moving in.

Visit the Long-term Care page for more information about this service.

Adult Day Services: These programs usually charge a nominal daily charge to supplement the cost of transportation, supplies and meals. Visit the Adult Day Services page for more information about this service.

Short Term (respite, convalescent, hospice/palliative): The rate is set at the lowest monthly long-term care rate (prorated) so the client is able to maintain his/her primary residence while in respite, convalescent or hospice/palliative care.

 

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