Becoming a resident at the German-Canadian Care Home
The German-Canadian Care Home is a licensed complex care facility with 137 subsidized beds and 2 private pay/respite beds. This section provides information on how to access a subsidized bed. For information and inquiries on the private pay/respite beds, please contact Debora Sutherland, Director of Care at 604-713-6555.
How does a senior access the German-Canadian Care Home if he/she is living at home?
The first step is to have a Home Health Case Manager complete a health care needs assessment for the prospective resident. This assessment can be arranged by contacting the senior’s family doctor or their local health unit. The Home Health Case Manager will determine their needs and eligibility. Priority is always given to those with the highest need and at the greatest risk.
Contact telephone numbers for arranging a health assessment:
|Vancouver: 604-263-7377||Sunshine Coast: 604-741-0726|
|Richmond: 604-278-3361||Sea to Sky: 604-892-2293|
|North Shore: 604-983-6700||Powell River: 604-485-3310|
What happens if the senior needs to access residential care services from hospital?
If it is determined that a senior needs residential care following a hospital stay, the hospital social worker will liaise with the senior and the family to arrange for one of the following:
- A transfer to a residential care facility from hospital;
- A return home with appropriate care and services in place while waiting for a suitable residential care bed;
- A move into private pay residential care while waiting for a publicly subsidized residential care bed.
How long does it take to access the German-Canadian Care Home?
Once it has been determined that the senior is eligible for a subsidized residential care home, the name will go Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Priority Access wait list and the search for a bed begins immediately. The senior will be able to indicate a place of choice. While Priority Access will do everything to accommodate preferences, the senior may be offered a bed in a different facility first. If the senior accepts the bed, his/her name will go on a transfer list for the German-Canadian Care Home and the senior will be offered a bed in our Home once it becomes available. Beds do become available on a regular basis, but it is not possible to indicate exactly when.
How should a senior prepare to move into the German-Canadian Care Home?
It is helpful to book a tour of our Home. Please contact Alison Baker, the Executive Assistant at 604-713-6536. The German-Canadian Care Home has prepared a tour brochure, which includes some helpful tips. The time between being notified of an available bed and moving into the German-Canadian Care Home is often very short. We strongly recommend that seniors and their families organize and prepare for the move in advance.