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Services and Costs

Learn about the costs for assisted living

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Publicly subsidized assisted living services are intended to be affordable.

What services are provided?

Your monthly publicly subsidized assisted living payment provides you with:

Rental Accommodation

Your unit is a private, lockable, unfurnished studio or one-bedroom suite that you furnish with your own belongings. Each suite has its own bathroom and kitchenette with a small refrigerator and usually a stove or microwave. Fraser Health assisted living residences also have common dining and social areas. Overnight rental guest suites are available in some buildings.

Hospitality Services

  • Two meals a day (generally lunch and supper)
  • Weekly housekeeping of your suite
  • Weekly laundry (linens and towels)
  • Social and recreational opportunities
  • 24-hour emergency response (wireless pendant or call system)
  • Snacks and beverages

Personal Care Services

You will have access to care through the assisted living staff who can help you with your personal care needs. Some of the personal care services available in assisted living communities include:

  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Medication management

Assisted living residences do not provide access to a general practitioner/family doctor. Please keep your own doctor.

What services are not provided?

You are responsible for the cost of your personal items. Other items not covered by the monthly rate may include:

  • Breakfast (some sites provide continental breakfast at no additional charge)
  • PharmaCare premiums, deductibles, and any medications not covered under Fair PharmaCare
  • Tenant or household insurance
  • Hydro surcharge
  • Hairdressing
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal items such as toiletries, incontinence supplies
  • Telephone service
  • Cable services
  • Internet service

Other services such as personal laundry are available at an additional cost. These services may be available for purchase by the tenant from the service provider.

Is there a cost?

Residents pay 70% of their after-tax income for a full package of services. Individuals with high incomes pay up to a maximum amount, based on the actual cost.

How is total income calculated?

Under BC Housing's Independent Living British Columbia (ILBC) program, assets are not factored into the calculations unless they produce income reported on your tax return. Individuals receiving pensions through the Ministry of Housing and Social Development (MHSD) pay a pre-determined rate.

More detailed information is available once you have been deemed eligible and accepted onto care by a Case Manager in Home Health.


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