Tips to help you prepare for your move
BC’s residential access policy ensures people with the most need have priority for the first appropriate bed in a residential care facility. The time between being notified of a vacancy and moving into a residence is often very short - within 24 to 48 hours - therefore, it is necessary to organize for the move in advance.
What can I do to prepare for my move?
These are the most important steps that you and your family should take to prepare for the move:
Confirm whether your family doctor will continue to provide medical care after the move
Make a list of places that will need a change of address notification, including BC Medical Services Plan, Canada Post, your bank and insurance companies and social organizations. Many residential care facilities prefer that your business mail is redirected to your designated financially responsible person rather than delivered onsite.
Review budget planning to include the costs of residential care accommodation that will be payable on admission and monthly after that
What information do I need before I arrive?
We will let you know when an appropriate bed becomes available. Immediately following this notification you should contact the residence to find out:
what transportation arrangements are needed
who should come to help with admission
what belongings and furnishings can be taken
what personal items are needed and how to label them
what are the facilities policies regarding belongings, pets, mail, religious beliefs or other pertinent concerns
if outings and overnight stays be arranged