Resources for Senior Citizens in British Columbia

Resources for Senior Citizens in British Columbia

According to the government of British Columbia, there will be more than 1.3 million senior citizens in the province by the year 2031. That number represents roughly a quarter of the population, making it vital to ensure that BC’s senior citizens are receiving adequate care.

Many people are already committing significant time to the care of an elder relative. However, no one can do everything alone. Share Lawyers has put together a list of programs and services that are in place to fulfill the specific needs of British Columbia’s senior citizens.

Regardless of age, don’t forget to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.

 

British Columbia Senior Citizen Services

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The government of British Columbia offers information about a number of issues that affect senior citizens.

Seniors First BC: (604) 688-1927

Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL): (604) 437-1940 or 1-866-437-1940 (Toll Free): 604-428-3359 (TTY) or 1-855-306-1443 (TTY Toll Free)
Formerly known as the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, Senior’s First BC is an organization that works to stop elder abuse. They provide education and support, and also operate the SAIL hotline for those looking for more information.

Senior Services Society: (604) 520-6621
The Senior Services Society offers resources and information – including legal advice – for issues that affect senior citizens.

BC Care Providers Association: (604) 736.4233
This organization is a member of the Canadian Association for Long Term Care and provides resources and information related to assisted living and residential care.

Assistive Technology BC: (604) 264-8295
Assistive Technology BC helps provide mobility support that allows seniors to live more independent lives.

Office of the Seniors Advocate of British Columbia: 1-877-952-3181 or (250) 952-3181 (Victoria)
The Seniors Advocate monitors senior services in BC, and also operates the Provincial Seniors Phone Line.

BC Seniors Living Association: (604) 689-5949 or 1-888-402-2722 (Toll Free)
This organization represents independent retirement communities across the province.

Veteran Affairs Canada: 1-866-522-2122
Veteran Affairs Canada focuses on veterans and provides wheelchairs and other devices that assist with daily living. You can find a local clinic at the site’s directory.

Speech and Hearing BC: (604) 420 2222 or 1-877-222-7572 (Toll Free)
This non-profit organization operates a directory of speech pathologists and audiologists, and generally exists to help those who are hard of hearing — making it easier for them to communicate.  

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: (604) 736-7391 or 1-888-736-7391 (Toll Free); (604) 736-2527 (TTY) or 1-888-736-2527 (TTY Toll Free)
The WIDHH is a charity that strives to build a community and helps people with hearing issues (including senior citizens) communicate with each other and the rest of the world.

Health Link BC: 8-1-1 or 7-1-1 (TTY)
Health Link BC provides basic resources and information for all kinds of medical issues, including those that affect senior citizens.

Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia: (604) 681-6530 or 1-800-667-3742 (Toll Free)
The Alzheimer’s Society offers information, education, and support for people struggling with the disease. You can find a local resource centre using the site’s directory.

 

Regional Services

Vancouver (Vancouver Coastal Region)
Vancouver Senior Services: (604) 873-7000
Kiwanis Club of Vancouver: (604) 682-3921
Renfrew Collingwood Seniors Society: (604) 430-1441
Vancouver Coastal Health: (604) 736-2033 (Lower Mainland) 1-866-884-0888 (Toll Free for rest of BC)
Home Care Nursing Directory

Victoria and Nanaimo (Island Region)
Victoria Services for Seniors Directory: 1-866-477-6395 (City of Victoria)
Nanaimo Seniors Connect: (250) 591-2924
Kiwanis Club of Victoria: (250) 595-3133
Kiwanis Village Nanaimo: (250) 753-6471
Vancouver Island Health Authority: (250) 370-8699 or 1-877-370-8699 (Toll Free)
Disability Services Directory
Residential Care Directory

Abbotsford (Fraser Region)
Abbotsford Social Activity Association: (604) 853-4014
Abbotsford Community Services Seniors Program: (604) 859-7681
Abbotsford Kiwanis
Fraser Health Authority (website includes Hospital Directory): 604-587-4600 or 1-877-935-5669
Abbotsford Home Health Office: (604) 556-5000

Kamloops and Kelowna (Interior Region)
City of Kamloops Senior Services: (250) 828-3758
Centre for Seniors Information: (250) 554-4145
Seniors Outreach and Resource Centre: (250) 861-6180
Interior Health Authority: 250-469-7070
Services Locator
Home and Community Care Directory

Prince George (Northern Health Region)
Prince George Senior Activity Centre: (250) 563-1915
Prince George Council of Seniors: (250) 564-5888 or (250) 564-9100 (Senior Info Line)
Prince George Senior Provider Network
Northern Health: (250) 565-2649

 

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