Housing Subsidies

Depending on the type of housing you require, and your financial resources, you may benefit from subsidies offered by the BC government. Renters may benefit from the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program.  This is a rent supplement offered through BC Housing to lower income seniors renting in the private market.  Applicants must meet certain Canadian citizenship requirement and. . . read more

What is Independent Living?

Over the past 20 years, the face of retirement living has changed dramatically. The old “nursing home” model is being replaced by one that allows for more active aging, better facilities and customized amenities. If you have good health, but are tiring of the day-to-day chores, a multitude of Independent Living housing residences are springing up all over North America,. . . read more

What is Complex Care?

Government agencies often refer to complex care as “residential care”. These two terms, complex care and residential care, are interchangeable. So if you hear someone referring to “residential care” they are talking about the highest level of care available in a residential setting outside a hospital. For individuals requiring daily nursing care as well as other support, Residential Care residences. . . read more

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living residences combine private accommodation with support services and social activities to help seniors who may require regular help with daily activities to continue living as independently as they can.  These services often provide the bridge between home support and residential care. Often residents are people who no longer want or are able to live totally independently in their. . . read more

Taking the First Steps to Downsize

Plan to work on one room at a time. Start with the room least used, leaving the rooms that are used most until the end. Find out when your recycling and garbage pick-up days are and plan to have items ready for each. If you think you want to hold a garage sale, pick a date and work toward it.. . . read more

Choosing the Right Residence

First, make an accurate and honest assessment of your physical, financial, mental and lifestyle needs. This will help you not only assess the level of care you will need, but also help highlight your desires and interests. The information you gather about yourself will help you ask the right questions when you are visiting the residences. Examine Your Finances Can. . . read more