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Villa Cathay offers 2 different options of professional care: provincially funded care beds or private pay beds. If you are finding that you or your loved one’s daily care needs and health issues make it difficult to continue living in your own home, residential care homes might be your solution. Please see below the difference between provincially funded care beds vs private pay beds.

Provincially Funded Care Beds

You may apply to your local Health Authority for the publicly-subsidized Residential Care Program and select Villa Cathay as your preferred facility. The Health Authority will assign you a case manager, who will make an assessment to confirm that you or your family member meets the criteria to apply for a care home.

In general, the fees for seniors staying in a provincially funded care home are generally 80% of the individual’s income, with set minimum and maximum rates. The fees cover professional care, basic food & housing and basic hygiene product costs. As residential care is considered your home, you may be required to pay additional fees for services or items you would pay for if you are living on your own.

If you currently reside in Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver or West Vancouver, you can obtain more information from the Residential Care Provider Vancouver Coastal Health regarding public pay beds. For all other areas, please contact Fraser Health Authority for more information.

Please note that provincially funded beds are only allocated through the Health Authority and Villa Cathay has no control over the selection of its residents through this channel.

Private Pay Care Beds

You may apply directly to Villa Cathay Care Home to be admitted as a private pay resident when a vacancy is available. Villa Cathay maintains a wait list for all its private pay vacancies.

Private pay residents are responsible for all residential care costs associated with his/her care while living at Villa Cathay. The current fees for professional care, basic food & housing and basic hygiene product costs are $140.00 per day.

For more information or to apply for a private pay residential care at Villa Cathay, please contact our Social Worker by phone (604-215-3537) or send us an email at


To be eligible for our residential care, you must:

  • Be a resident of British Columbia.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant or are on a Minister’s permit approved by the Ministry of Health Services.
  • Be 19 years of age or older.
  • Have lived in British Columbia for three months.
  • Be unable to function independently because of chronic, health-related problems or have been diagnosed by a doctor with an end-stage illness.

Additional Information

For additional information on living a healthy, active life as a senior in BC please visit the following official websites:

Adult Guardianship

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to ensure the public has a resource for information on Representation Agreements and other personal planning tools.

The Bloom Group offers an adult guardianship program to Chinese seniors to manage the income of low-income individuals who are no longer able to care for their own financial needs.

Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia was established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act with a unique statutory role to protect the interests of British Columbians who lack legal capacity to protect their own interests. This includes protecting the legal, financial, personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making and the administration of estates of deceased.

Provincial Government An official source of information for seniors. This is the place to find resources for planning and living a healthy and active life.

Seniors Health

BC PharmaCare helps B.C. residents with the cost of eligible prescription drugs, certain medical supplies, and pharmacy services. It provides assistance through several drug plans.

Alzheimer Resource Centre provides information, education, and support services related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; services are primarily in Chinese. Early Stage Support Groups are available for people in early stages of dementia, while Caregiver Support Groups are offered to those caring for someone with the disease; support groups are in Chinese only.

Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors’ services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.

Seniors Transportation

HandyDART is a door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance. The driver will come to your home, help you board on the vehicle, and get you to the door of your destination safely.

SPARC BC provides parking permits for people with disabilities or mobility limitations so they can park in one of the designated parking spots throughout BC.

Seniors Medical Equipment

Red Cross equipment loan program lends basic medical equipment on a short-term basis to assist people coping with illness, injury or end-of-life challenges.

Seniors Services

Health and Home Care Society of BC serves traditional Chinese meals to homebound people delivered by Chinese-speaking volunteers in Vancouver and Richmond.

Chinese Christian Mission of Canada in Burnaby offers drop-in educational seminars for Chinese speaking seniors on topics such as exercise, gardening, health, and wellness.

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