Definitions for different types of care facilities

Independent Supported Living is housing that includes some hospitality services. Independent Supported Living units are private with the residents able to lock their own doors and make decisions on their own. These services may include meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundering, social and recreational activities, and 24-hour emergency response. A local example is the Lion’s Housing Society’s Greenecourt building.

Assisted Living is housing that includes some hospitality services and personal services. Assisted Living units are private with residents able to lock their own doors and able to make decisions on their own. Hospitality services may include meal preparation, housekeeping, laundering, social and recreation activities, medication reminders, and 24-hour emergency response. Personal services may include tasks the residents have problems performing on their own such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and other tasks. A local example is Christenson Village in Gibsons.

Long-Term Residential Care is housing for residents that are no longer able to remain independent and require care in a protective and supportive environment. Hospitality services, personal services, and clinical medical services are provided by medical staff.Hospitality services may include meal preparation, housekeeping, laundering, social and recreation activities, and 24-hour emergency response. Personal services may include tasks the residents have problems performing on their own, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and other tasks. Clinical medical services may include routine medical supplies, incontinence management, medication administration; development and management of care plans, and other specialized services such as dementia care. These facilities may also provide care in the short-term as respite for caregivers. A local example is Totem Lodge Extended Care Facility or the Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Facility.

Hospice and Palliative Care is supportive and compassionate care that focuses on the comfort, quality of life, respect for personal health care treatment decisions, support for family, and psychological, cultural, and spiritual concerns for dying people and their families. These facilities may provide services such as pain and symptom management, nursing services, home support, and respite services for caregivers. A local example is the two Hospice rooms within the Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Facility.

Acute Care, Emergency Care, or Critical Care is short-term in nature and not designed to be provided over the long-term. Also known as hospitalization, people enter this level of care with the end goal of being able to leave and return to their previous accommodations or level of care. These facilities provide a wide variety of medical services. A local example is the Sechelt Hospital.