George Derby Centre is a community based complex care facility for Persons who require complex care and services.

George Derby Centre has a long history dating from the end of World War II as a housing and rehabilitation facility for veterans of the Armed Forces who were returning from a theatre of war. Since 1948, George Derby Centre has evolved into a long term care facility that is licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, Adult Care Regulations.  The present Centre was opened in May, 1988.

Our vision for the future is to be the Centre of excellence for the provision of supportive independent living, complex and dementia care for  the general senior population.  

We enable our residents to maintain their optimal level of personal health and well-being by providing leisure, medical, nursing, palliative, rehabilitative and spiritual and therapeutic programs and services. 

The centre also provides palliative and end of life care. The living area is divided into four units. Three of the units are open (unsecured with unlocked doors) and each is home to 81 residents. Our “Special Care Unit” (secured with locked doors) is where residents with behavioral symptoms are cared for.

George Derby Centre has 300 publicly subsidized long term care beds. There are 284 single occupancy and eight double occupancy rooms.


Room features and personalization Every room is furnished with:

A twin-size electric bed
Night table with a locked drawer
Sturdy chair
Clothes closet
Chest of drawers
A call bell at bedside and in the bathroom
Shelving for your television and personal mementoes.
Bathroom with sink and toilet. Bathroom doors have been removed due to small space, and a curtain is provided for privacy.

Residents are encourage to bring their own:

• Pictures
• Mementoes
• Bed Coverings
• Televisions  40 “ or smaller
• Two folding chairs for additional seating
• Memory Boxes outside each room - This can be used for photos and other memorabilia which tell the resident’s’ personal story.
Accessibility The Centre is wheelchair accessible.
Security The Centre has a comprehensive resident security system across the facility. Residents with wandering/ elopement behaviours are maintained on Roam Alert System. 

Centre has key padded entry to ensure resident safety. The entrance doors are locked outside regular visiting hours (8am- 8pm). During these times the intercom located at the front door must be used to authorize entrance and exit from the building.

George Derby Centre has 24/7 Video Monitoring Surveillance inside and outside the centre to maintain resident safety.
Smoking George Derby Centre is a non-smoking facility
Location information  George Derby Centre is located at 7550 Cumberland Street Burnaby, very close to Highway 1. There is a public transit nearby.
Additional site features Gift Shop: The Gift Shop is operated by the Centre’s volunteers.  Items such as toiletries, clothing, gift items, snacks and beverages can be purchased in the shop. Outside the shop, there are tables and seating for socializing. 

Chapel: There is a small chapel on Main Street. It provides an atmosphere for quiet reflection. The chapel is open 24 hours a day and everyone is welcome to use it.

Vending Machines: Vending machines are located across from the Artworks Studio

Food Cart: Food Cart is available in Town Hall for fresh lunches to purchase.
Parking and transportation Public Transportation is nearby.  George Derby Centre has visitor parking lot for families’ visiting their loved one.


Social and recreation programs  We offer comprehensive recreation and leisure activity programs. Residents are encouraged to participate in recreation and social programs which are opportunities for physical activity, creativity, socialization and a sense of accomplishment, all of which contribute to a sense of well-being. There are both in-house and community activities, some of which are open to every resident and some by invitation only (ie. Legion outings). 

Following are examples of programs: 

Art therapy 
Birthday celebrations 
Discussion groups/Trivia 
Group exercise 
Holiday/commemorative celebrations 
Legion visits 
Music therapy 
Pub socials 
Restaurant outing/Scenic drives. 
Spiritual program Multi-denominational chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support and grief counselling. There is weekly church services held and programs designed to meet our residents’ spiritual needs. 
Pets George Derby welcomes pets to visit. George Derby Centre maintains a pet visitation policy for our residents’ safety and comfort. 
Medical assistance in dying Currently in the process of discussion and Implementation Plan.

Additional services

Hairdressing  A fully equipped hairdressing and barbering salon is located on Main Street. Prices for services are posted in the salon.
Foot and nail care We have Foot Nurse who will visit residents our residents as requested. There is a $50 charge per Foot Care Visit.
Additional services The following services are not included in your monthly costs: 

Adaptive clothing 
Equipment (mobility and adaptive aids) 
Foot Care 
Gift shop items 
Hip protectors 
Identification bracelet (metal) 
Medical escort 
Pharmacy items 
Socials (e.g. Pubs, restaurant outings) 
Television cable 


7550 Cumberland Street
B.C.V3N 3X5
Phone: 604-521-2676

Parking and Transportation

Public transportation is nearby.

Hours of operation

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Contact us to find out more about our services and how to access them:

  • New clients can contact our Home Health Service Line at 1-855-412-2121 (open seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; on statutory holidays between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).
  • Current clients should contact your Home Health office.

For information on additional services and programs for older adults visit


Referral by case manager at a Home and Community Care office is required. To access service call the Home Health Service Line for more information; do not contact the care home directly.


There is a monthly accommodation fee; additional fees may apply for incidental services.

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