Convalescent Care
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​Help you regain your strength and mobility so you can safely return home

After hospitalization for surgery or care of an acute episode related to a chronic condition, you may need some time to recover before returning home. Short-term convalescent care is provided in a residential facility, where you will receive nursing and rehabilitation services from a team of health care professionals. This publicly subsidized activation program will help you regain the strength and mobility you need for daily tasks and activities once you’ve returned home. The average length of stay in convalescent care is from 6-8 weeks.

What should I expect?

During your stay, your convalescent care team will meet regularly to plan for your needs and progress. This team includes a variety of health care professionals and may include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants, social workers and nursing staff. A program medical director may be the physician in charge of your medical care while you are in the program, but your family physician is encouraged to visit you during your stay.

We encourage you and your family/caregivers to actively participate in your care and discharge planning.

Upon discharge, staff will assist in organizing any necessary equipment and home and community care services, as needed.

What should I bring?

Suggested items to bring with you during a convalescent stay:

  • List of current medications
  • BC Care Card Number
  • Emergency contact information
  • Washable clothes
  • Ambulatory items: wheelchairs, walkers, canes, walking shoes
  • Personal items (e.g., hearing aids, dentures, toiletries)
  • Other items (e.g., books, calendar, a framed photo or other memento, cell phone, address book, cheque book or pocket money)

* Please label all items, including clothing.

Am I eligible?

People being discharged from hospital, or acute care, who are deemed eligible by their health care team.

Is there a cost?

The rate for a convalescent stay is set at the lowest monthly long-term care rate so that you are able to maintain your primary residence during the admission. For more information contact your Case Manager and/or your local Home Health and Community Care Office.

If you or your family believes you will experience serious financial hardship by paying this rate, you may apply through your Home Health and Community Care Office for a temporary reduction.

How do I access this service?

You will be referred to this service by your health care provider in hospital.

We want to hear from you

If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.

If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.


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