Assisted Living

Assisted Living with Home Support Services is an ideal option for older adults who would choose to live independently with home care assistance. It is uniquely tailored care, delivered right at home. Assisted Living is accessible in both Kiwanis House and the Soroptimist Suites, and the program is designed to provide individuals with a comfortable and supported lifestyle that maximizes a joyful quality of life.

Village-wide there are 30 studio & 45 one-bedroom suites, with kitchenettes including a microwave and refrigerator (no stove,) patios or balconies, and access to a common lounge with TV, games &books.

Eligibility For Assisted Living

I need scheduled personal assistance with day-to-day activities I currently receive home support services through Island Health I need hospitality services such as meals, housekeeping and social & recreational activities included with my rent I am able to maintain my independence and can arrange my own transportation and purchase groceries and personal items as required Couples are welcome, provided one partner meets the criteria

How much do I Pay

Assisted Living at Kiwanis Village is publicly-funded through Island Health. Residents generally pay 70% of their after-tax income, & are responsible for a security deposit & payment of monthly utilities.

Applications & Waitlist

Kiwanis does not accept applications directly. Applications are submitted through Island Health.

For eligibility contact Island Health at 250-739-5749 or request an assessment through your current Island Health Case Manager.

There is a waitlist for Assisted Living

FROM BC GOVERNMENT: Access to assisted living services is on a priority basis once eligibility has been determined, taking into account client needs, existing supports & urgency of the response required. Those with the greatest need & urgency receive access to services first. Client preference, special amenities & availability of subsidized units in a particular community affects the length of time a person will wait. Clients continue to receive support in the community while waiting for assisted living services.

Assisted living services include:

daily lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen services, and a full range of social and recreational programming, including, special events, themed dinners, exercise programs, community BBQs, entertainment and outings on our village bus. Residents also receive 24 hour/day emergency response monitoring through our pendant system.

Kiwanis Village & Island Health pilot project

In 2019 Kiwanis Village and Island Health-funded Assisted Living entered into a pilot project partnership that supports and funds the addition of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) from 7 am to 10 pm every day. The goal is to create space for joy to emerge through the thoughtful care of chronic illness. These focused nurses provide social, health, emotional, and spiritual care that increases wellness and decreases the need for oftentimes challenging trips to the emergency department or physicians office.

Monthly Housing information sessions

Sessions are open to the public and do not require a reservation in advance.

They are held on the last Monday of each month at the
Frith-Radcliffe Auditorium in Kiwanis House
– 1233 Kiwanis Crescent.

Next Information Sessions: Suspended at this time

We want to talk about dementia

We want to shine a light on our community which flourishes because of the diversity of people who live here. All of our villagers bring their own unique story and spirit to this place. For many years, we’ve been friends and neighbours to people living well with Dementia. Whether newly diagnosed, noticing the outer edges of this journey, or navigating each day with support and care, you are welcome here.

Dementia looks different for everyone, it’s progression, unpredictable. We respond with fluid care, mindful that today’s struggle may become tomorrow’s small victory. At Kiwanis we celebrate these moments, and find joy in unexpected places. We value open and honest communication.
If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Independent Housing, Supportive Living and Assisted Living?

Independent Housing at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who require a rental subsidy. There are no services included in this type of housing, and eligible residents generally pay 30% of their after-tax income.

Supportive Living at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who are able to pay privately for rent that includes hospitality services. These services include daily dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities as well as 24-hour in-suite emergency monitoring. Supportive Living does not include scheduled personal assistance services, which must be arranged privately. Residents pay market rent for their apartment/services.

Assisted Living at Kiwanis Village is subsidized by Island Health. Island Health must complete an assessment to determine eligibility based on health needs. The services include daily lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities, 24-hour emergency monitoring and scheduled personal assistance services. Eligible residents generally pay 70% of their after-tax income for rent/services.

Are there additional costs?

In all our buildings, there may be additional costs for the following:

  • Hydro
  • Telephone
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Additional meals not included with the rent
  • Security deposit
  • Parking
Can I see a suite?

To protect the privacy of our existing residents, we do not tour occupied suites. You will tour a vacant unit when your name reaches the top of the waitlist. Each level of housing and care has different types of floor plans including private rooms, studios, and one and two bedroom apartments. Images of our buildings are also available on our website and at our monthly information sessions.

I have already applied; where am I on the waitlist?

For each level of housing and care, there is a different application and waitlist process, some of which are held confidentially with BC Housing and Island Health. Kiwanis Village cannot provide feedback on current waitlist placements or vacancy timelines.

What do I bring with me?

For all levels of housing, you will need to bring all your own furniture and personal items to make Kiwanis Village your home. For Complex Care, private rooms are furnished with a bed, desk with drawers, a wardrobe and night table, but residents are also encouraged to bring pictures and other personal items as well.

Do you have a bus or other transportation that can take me to personal appointments?

Kiwanis Village has a 15-passenger bus for group activity outings, which is not available for personal appointments. There is a bus stop at the entrance to the Village and also personal transportation may be arranged through HandyDART. Bus passes and HandyDART Tickets are available for sale in our General Store.