Seniors and adults living with cognitive and physical challenges will have strengthened supports to help them live independently with a significant increase in the number of adult day program spaces on Vancouver Island.

As part of the Province’s investment of $75 million over the next three years to expand respite care and adult day programs, Island Health has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to add approximately 7,400 more adult day program spaces in the region.

“More adult day spaces on Vancouver Island is part of the work we are doing to support seniors and adults with disabilities to continue living at home, which is what most people want,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The creation of these spaces also supports family and friend caregivers to take time for themselves to support their own health and well-being.”

By supporting people to socialize with their peers and maintain connections to the community, adult day programs can help combat isolation and loneliness that people sometimes face. Seniors and adults living with cognitive and physical challenges can receive health-care services like nursing and rehabilitation activities, nutrition and foot care, and participate in social programs like discussion groups and card games.

Adult day programs also support family and friend caregivers through support groups, information and education programs, and respite services to give caregivers a break from caregiving responsibilities. Respite services give caregivers a chance to run errands, get caught up on chores or simply take some time to relax.

The following Vancouver Island communities have been identified as priority areas for more spaces:

  • Mt. Waddington
  • Campbell River
  • Comox Valley
  • Saanich Peninsula
  • Southern Vancouver Island (Greater Victoria)

By 2019, it is anticipated that Island Health will have more than 68,000 spaces. Increasing the number of adult day program spaces in communities throughout B.C. is part of work underway to improve the quality of life for seniors and adults living with cognitive and physical challenges in B.C.

The RFP is posted on the BC Bid website and proposals are being accepted until Nov. 16, 2018.