Respite care is an essential component of the Canadian healthcare system, facilitating caregivers’ abilities to sustain their role over the long-term. Providing full-time support for a loved one is the source of many joys and challenges. Respite care offers the opportunity to rejuvenate from the difficult times, allowing you to better focus on the positive aspects of the caregiving role.

For those who are seeking respite care in BC or Alberta, Retirement Concepts provides a safe option for short-term arrangements, delivered with the utmost compassion and respect. We provide reprieve to caregivers by accommodating those receiving care for a specified period of time. Those who require more comprehensive services benefit from our complex care for seniors and assisted living amenities.


Respite care provides seniors with safe living arrangements when regular caregivers are unavailable. In essence, this type of care is required due to matters surrounding the caregiver and their circumstances.

Conversely, short term stays offer accommodations for situations in which those receiving care are recuperating from surgery, injury, or illness. Short term stays apply when the need for service relates directly to the circumstances of the individual receiving care.

Our facility proudly offers both short term and respite care options, enabling you to provide for your loved ones in the best way possible.


In order to offer services to those who need it most, certain criteria must be met by the caregiver so as to be eligible for respite care. These requirements are as follows:

  • The caregiver must be a Canadian citizen or have a permanent resident status;
  • Be 19 years of age or older; and
  • Have resided in British Columbia for a period of at least three consecutive months.

In certain circumstances, there may be exceptions to the residency and age requirements detailed above. To learn more about these exemptions, and to find out if they apply to you, contact your local community care office to discuss your options.


Providing care for loved ones is both highly rewarding and uniquely challenging. Respite care offers those in this role the chance to rest, regain energy, and handle personal matters not necessarily related to their function as a caretaker. For those wishing to pursue the reprieve offered by respite care, there are several service options including respite hotels, adult day programs, hospice accommodations, and the specialized care offered by facilities such as Retirement Concepts. We understand the demands of caregiving and are ready to assist you, and those in your care, on either a short or long-term basis.


There are numerous situations which require a temporary stay in a properly equipped facility such as Retirement Concepts. During these stays, those in care benefit from compassionate nursing services delivered in a safe environment, while caregivers have the opportunity to rejuvenate or attend to personal endeavours. Some common situations where individuals seek out respite care include:

  • Travel plans and vacation arrangements both scheduled and sudden
  • Caregiver mental, physical, and emotional health requirements
  • Seniors exploring assisted living as an option for their future
  • Pursuing the benefits of adult programs for those in care


The reprieve offered by compassionately delivered respite services is far-reaching, impacting both the caregiver and those receiving care. These positive effects include:

  • Promoting Relaxation
    A lack of proper rest, especially over a prolonged period, can result in exhaustion as well as increasing risk factors for numerous other issues such as depression. When you relax, your body is able to refresh its natural systems, leaving you better equipped to handle future concerns. Caregivers benefit from the reprieve of simply taking a break from their responsibilities. When you are in need of assistance in caring for a loved one, Retirement Concepts is ready to provide support.
  • Opportunities to Socialize
    Due to the demanding nature of acting in the capacity of a caregiver, it is easy to withdraw from social engagements simply due to time constraints. In order to facilitate care over the long-term, it is important for caregivers to spend time focusing on themselves and their personal needs, including social engagement. Respite care provides the opportunity to have time for self-care, which can be used for a variety of beneficial purposes, such as meeting friends, attending events, or going on vacation.
  • Assistance and Support
    One of the most significant challenges in acting as a caregiver is the heavy responsibility and lack of available resources. Respite care offers the benefit of experienced professionals who provide quality support for your loved one, enabling you to get the rest necessary to continue to facilitate care.


Choose compassionately delivered care, provided by helpful professionals who are dedicated to your safety and comfort. When you are seeking thoughtfully delivered short term or respite care for your loved one, contact one of your local Retirement Concepts communities and we will happily walk you through all available options.