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BC Community Care

Province: BC


The process for applying for homecare and available services is similar in all provinces. Eligibility is always based on having a valid health card (in BC a Care Card or BC Service Card) and having needs that can safely be met in the community. The primary difference appears to be what each province calls the organizing government agency that does the assessments, creates care plans and makes referrals. Individuals (a potential client, friend or family member) or health care professionals can make a referral to BC Community Care. To apply for and receive home and community care services in British Columbia one would need to go through their local health authority[1]. If a needs assessment is deemed appropriate, someone will visit you at home to determine eligibility, service needs, urgency and if any costs would be involved. Some services are income based so in some situations you may need to provide your notice of assessment or tax return. If it is determined that you are eligible for services, a care plan will be developed to meet your needs. If you are found to be ineligible for government funded home care services, your health authority can direct you to other resources that can meet your needs. You may contact HealthLinkBC ( at 811 from your telephone or use the chart on the next page to contact your local health authority to enquire about available services.




Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW


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