Home and Community Care

In B.C., care and support are available from both publicly subsidized and private pay service providers for people having difficulty coping with activities of daily living because of health-related problems or a life-threatening illness.  Publicly subsidized services include home support, adult day services, residential care, and more.

Publicly subsidized home and community care services provide a range of health care and support services for people who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. 

These services are designed to complement and supplement, but not replace, your efforts to care for yourself with the assistance of your family, friends and community. Home and community care services can assist you on a short-term or long-term basis depending upon your care needs.

Home and community care services are based on need, and depending on the service, may be subsidized according to income or provided at no cost.

Home and community care services:

  • Support you to remain independent and in your own home for as long as possible;
  • Provide services at home when you would otherwise require admission to hospital or would stay longer in hospital;
  • Provide assisted living and residential care services if you can no longer be supported in your home; and
  • Provide services that support you and your family if you are nearing the end of your life, at home, in an assisted living residence or a residential care facility, which includes hospice.

For detailed information on the full range of publicly subsidized home and community care services including eligibility criteria, how to arrange for care, costs for services, how to manage your care, accountability and concerns and complaints, visit the Home and Community Care website at: