Shared Care Housing is an alternative to Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL), Access Housing, or independent living in the community with conventional home support services. It is best suited for younger adults living with a chronic conditions that affects their day-to-day living.
What does Shared Care Include?
Shared Care provides the client with:
- A single occupancy apartment (the Residential Tenancy Act applies)
- Access to 24-hour / 7-day support with personal care and, if required, assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping and laundry. Note: Meals are not provided. Tenants provide food for staff to cook.
- Access to Lifeline Emergency Response.
- A physically accessible environment including automated elevators and doors.
- Care provision by an Island Health contracted Service Provider.
- Access to Home and Community Care professional services – nursing, rehab., dietitian, social work.
Who is eligible?
In general, appropriate clients include those who would benefit from a specifically designed accessible physical environment, and whose current environment no longer meets their needs.
They must require daily assistance with personal care, and be able to direct their own care and fully manage their disability. Their condition must be stable, not requiring unscheduled support from a health care professional.
The client must be flexible, able to negotiate and problem-solve, and be willing to accept the realities of sharing care-giving staff with other tenants.
Shared Care sites include The Rainbow Apartments on Blackberry Road and The Gardens on Church Avenue.