Luther Court

Operator:  Luther Court Society
Address:   1525 Cedar Hill X RD, Victoria, BC, V8P 5M1
Phone:      250-477-7241



Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


Publicly Subsidized Units: 60
Private-Pay Units: 0

Building Description

Complex Care is part of the Luther Court Community of Care, located within one campus.  Access to amenities such as hair dresser, gift shop and Garden Café are all under one roof.  Timnick Garden provide a secure and beautiful area for Clients and visitors to enjoy the outdoors.  Luther Court is located adjacent to Lutheran Church of the Cross.

Building Amenities

Luther Court welcomed its first members of the community in 1979. With renovations every effort has been made to design and furnish Luther Court for the comfort and convenience of our clients.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Luther Court is located at the junction of Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road, just a block from Shelbourne/Mt Tolmie shopping areas.  Public transit is available along Shelbourne Street.  

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

Luther Court is a faith-based organization, which values a holistic approach to caring for the whole person- physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional.  Our roots are in the Lutheran community but we are a very open community and welcome people of all backgrounds, cultures, languages and faiths.

Philosophy of Care

In compassionate Christian love, we sustain and improve the quality of life for seniors by providing care, shelter, support and community interaction.  We do this by providing a spectrum of programs and services to enrich the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional lives of those we serve.

The model is a socially based model which has a number of differences from the more traditional medically based model.

The model operates out of the assumption that Luther Court is a person's home.  The people who live here are not in a hospital.  And though there is ready access to the best practice in terms of medical knowledge and nursing care, the first and primary focus is that this is the person's home.  It is here that they participate in all the day-to-day activities that are essential for life and also those pursuits which impart particular meaning and purpose to the individual. Everyone has a place at the table.  All of this is lived out within a community of care.

Accreditation Status

Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada.  For more information, visit here - http://www.accreditation.ca/

Luther Court Society has been awarded a four year exemplary standing by Accreditation Canada in its recent survey, the highest level of achievement currently awarded by Accreditation Canada.  The achievement demonstrates the organization’s determination and commitment to ongoing quality improvement.  The review body applauded the leadership team, staff and board members for their efforts and dedication in the provision of safe, quality health services to elders. An additional honour was bestowed on Luther Court Society by Accreditation Canada for two Leading Practice submissions and were presented to Luther Court Executive Director, Karen Johnson-Lefsrud in a recognition event at Accreditation Canada’s annual Quality Council, held in Gatineau, Quebec, on April 10, 2014.  Leading Practices are awarded for innovative and creative practices that are client or family-centered, evaluated, sustainable, able to demonstrate their intended results and adaptable to other organizations.  Only two organizations in British Columbia, of which one was Luther Court, were awarded Leading Practice citations in 2013.  Luther Court’s submissions were:  “Innovative Nursing Model:  Enhancing Full Scope Practice “- a model that has been of interest to Island Health and is currently being trialed as a pilot project to determine its effectiveness for other organizations.  The second leading practice is “Enabling Transformative Practice” whereby an intentional process is enacted that supports Luther Court’s commitment to providing excellence in clinical care through comprehensive education programs that transform practice. 

Types of Accommodation

All clients have single rooms with a two-piece bathroom.  Rooms are furnished with a bed, closet organizer and night table.  We encourage clients to personalize their rooms with a favourite chair, photos and other memorabilia.


Clients pay 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Professional nursing staff are on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Meals and refreshments, as well as special diets, are provided.  Luther Court offers a comprehensive activity program which includes activities tailored to the needs of each individual client.  A wide range of activities includes reminiscence, reading groups, exercises, crafts, word games, birthday celebrations, cook-outs, carpet bowling, van drives, and musical entertainment. We have a chaplain on-site who leads a morning devotion services 5 days a week. Music Therapy is a key program available to all Luther Court Complex Care Clients.  We strive to empower residents to be as independent in their activities of daily living and provide supports to allow them to remain self-sufficient as well as offer opportunities for them to complete useful tasks for the good of the whole community.


Wheelchair accessible.

Motorized Scooter Policy

There is very limited space in each care house, therefore we are not able to accommodate motorized scooters.

Pet Policy

Pet visitors (dogs or cats) that are well behaved and under the control of their owner, are welcome.

Smoking Policy

No smoking permitted in Luther Court.

Safety/Security Features

Our residents live in secure houses within the community.  24 hour staffing is in place.  Cameras monitor the main entrance to the building.

Any Other Amenities

The services of a hairdresser/barber are available for a small charge.  Luther Court can arrange for regular visits from qualified foot care nurses and massage therapists.  Whenever possible, special clinics and services will be provided.

Gazebo Gifts & Sweets, located on the Main Floor sells toiletries, crafts, snacks and greeting cards.  The Garden Café, located on the Main Floor is open from 10:00am to 2:30pm daily.  Guests from the wider community are welcome to purchase a meal such as the daily lunch specials, soup, sandwiches, coffee, tea, pastries and other treats so that they can share a meal with their friend/family member. The food costs are very reasonable.

Visiting Information

Complimentary On-site visitor parking.

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).