Short-Term Residential Care

Short-term residential care services are provided, usually for less than three months, for people who require care as follows:

  • Respite care provides a client’s main caregiver a period of relief, or to provide a client with a period of supported care to increase their independence.
  • Convalescent care is provided to clients with defined and stable care needs who require a supervised environment for reactivation or recuperation, usually prior to discharge home, and most commonly following an acute episode of care.
  • Residential hospice care is provided to clients who require support with comfort, dignity and quality of life in the final days or weeks of their lives.

What are the short-term residential care eligibility criteria?

In addition to the general eligibility criteria for home and community care services, to be eligible for publicly subsidized residential care you must:

  • have been assessed as requiring short-term residential care services;
  • have agreed to pay the applicable daily rate; and
  • have agreed to vacate the residential care facility at the end of the agreed upon period of short-term residential care.

To read the general eligibility criteria for all home and community care services, please see:

How do I arrange for short-term residential care services?

If you are interested in receiving short-term residential care services or know of someone who might be in need of these services, you can contact the home and community care office of your health authority or you can have a health care professional make a referral on your behalf.

For contact information and a detailed description of how to arrange for short-term residential care services, please see:

Veterans please note:

If you are a veteran and you are eligible for home and community care services, your health authority is required to contact Veterans Affairs Canada for an assessment of eligibility for federal benefits and arrange your placement on their veterans’ priority access bed waitlist in those facilities with veterans’ priority access beds.

Is there a cost for short-term residential care services?

If you receive publicly subsidized short-term residential care services, you will pay a fixed daily rate of $36.30 per day.

The daily rate for short-term residential care services is adjusted each year. It is calculated by multiplying the minimum monthly rate for long-term residential care services by 12 months and dividing by 365 days. For 2017, the daily rate is calculated as:

  • [($1104.70 multiplied by 12) divided by 365 = $36.30]

For more general information on the costs of publicly subsidized home and community care services in B.C., please see:

What if I cannot afford the daily rate?

If you are receiving short-term residential care services and payment of the fixed daily rate would cause you or your family serious financial hardship, or mean that you (or your spouse, if applicable) would be unable to maintain the family home or unit, you may be eligible for a reduced rate.

Serious financial hardship means that payment of the daily rate would result in you (or your spouse, if applicable) being unable to pay for:

  • adequate food;
  • monthly mortgage/rent;
  • sufficient home heat;
  • prescribed medication; or
  • other required prescribed health care services.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for a temporary reduction of the daily rate, please see: