Concerns and Complaints
There are a number of ways to resolve concerns about home and community care services. If you believe your concerns have not been addressed by those providing your care, you have several options for pursuing timely resolution of problems or making a formal complaint.
If you have a concern about your care, it is best to raise it at the time and place the concern arises. This includes addressing concerns directly with a care aide, health care professional or supervisor. Most concerns addressed in this way are resolved quickly and can contribute to a positive experience for both you and your caregivers.
For more information about steps you can take to build positive relationships with your caregivers, please see:
If you have raised your concerns with your care providers and still feel that your concerns have not been addressed, you have other options for addressing your concerns or making a formal complaint.
Appeal of Home and Community Care Health Service Decisions
Decisions related to certain home and community care services can be appealed within your health authority. These decisions include:
- Eligibility and access to home and community care services;
- Changes to services authorized; and
- Assessment of the applicable client rate for a specific service and/or temporary reduction of client rates.
The health authority will then provide an objective review of how home and community care policy was applied and ensure that the decisions made in your case are appropriate. You can ask the health care professional you are dealing with, or his/her manager, how to access this option in your health authority.
Patient Care Quality Offices
Every health region in B.C. has a Patient Care Quality Office. If your care concern has not been addressed, and you want to make a formal care quality complaint, you are encouraged to contact the Patient Care Quality Office in your health region.
For information on how to contact the patient care quality office at your health authority, see:
Patient Care Quality Review Boards
If you are not satisfied with how your complaint has been handled by the Patient Care Quality Office in your region, you can request a review by an independent Patient Care Quality Review Board.
To learn more about the Patient Care Quality Review Board process, please visit:
Assisted Living Registrar
Complaints concerning health and safety in assisted living residences may be referred to the Assisted Living Registrar for investigation.
For more information on assisted living complaints, please see:
Community Care Licensing Offices
Community Care Licensing Offices are located in every health region in B.C. Complaints concerning licensed community care facilities may be referred to the licensing office in your area.
For more on licensed community care facility complaints, and contact information for licensing offices in your area, please visit:
- Ministry of Health: Community Care Licensing Complaints
Office of the Seniors Advocate Information and Referral Line
The seniors advocate information and referral line allows seniors and their families, or other concerned individuals in their lives, to report concerns about their care. The toll-free phone line is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling:
Office of the Seniors Advocate:
- 1-877-952-3181 outside Victoria, BC
- 250-952-3181 in Victoria, BC
The Office of the Ombudsperson investigates complaints about the unfair administrative decisions or actions of a public agency, including delay, rudeness, negligence, arbitrariness, oppressive behaviour or unlawfulness.
For more information on the complaints process of the Ombudsperson's Office please see: