Cairnsmore Place

Cairnsmore Place is located in Duncan.

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Access to subsidized long-term care is coordinated by Island Health staff.

Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized long-term care. For more information on subsidized long-term care, contact an Island Health Community Health Services office near you.

For information on private long-term care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


250 Cairnsmore St
Duncan, B.C. 
V9L 4H2


Island Health

Accreditation Status

Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada


Publicly-subsidized units: 100
Private pay units: 0

Building Description

Cairnsmore Place is an older building and has one level with three wings where most of the resident rooms are four-bed wards.The building itself is 3546 square meters. 

Building Amenities

Cairnsmore Place has a hair salon, tuck shop, outdoor courtyards, living room, private dining space, exercise room and bathing rooms.

Facility-Specific Restrictions

Personal effects policy in place; private TVs cannot be larger than 20 inches.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Cairnsmore Place is in a quiet residential neighbourhood at the end of a cul-de-sac. Areas around the building are fairly flat with lots of sidewalks and within walking distance to a small grocery store and an elementary school. The acute care hospital is approximately 0.5 km away.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

All languages, cultures and religions welcome.

Philosophy of Care

Island Health's Vision, Purpose and Values.

Model of Medical Care/Physician Organization
Residents at this facility will usually be followed by their current physician, provided that they are able to provide ongoing care. If the resident cannot be followed by their community physician (or if they do not have one), the facility will help facilitate the finding of a new physician.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
MAiD is available at Island Health-owned and operated sites and affiliate sites. Read more detailed information about MAiD, including a guide for patients and families and a link to information provided by the federal government. 

Type of Accommodation
  • Number of beds in single occupancy rooms: 8
  • Number of beds in double occupancy rooms: 4
  • Number of beds in triple or quadruple occupancy rooms: 21

Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation. Learn more about additional services available to residents of Cairnsmore Place

Special Recreational Opportunities

At Cairnsmore Place, we have activity staff on site six days per week, who provide recreation / leisure programs to meet the physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional needs of the residents. Examples are Fun and Fitness groups include: crafts, flower arranging, manicures, baking / cooking, gardening, and special meals in and out of the building. We offer a large wheelchair accessible bus that takes our residents shopping, out to community events, and picnics. Special holidays and events are also celebrated. 


Parking for those with disabilities at front of the facility. 

Motorized Scooter Policy

No motorized scooters are allowed at Cairnsmore Place.

Pet Policy

As per Island Health policy

No pets are permitted to live at Cairnsmore Place.  Families are welcome to bring well behaved pets that have been vaccinated and are on a leash, for a visit. Regular visits by St. John’s Pet Therapy Program. 

Smoking Policy

Cairnsmore Place has a designated smoking area, in the grounds gazebo at the front of the building. Residents who smoke are required to do so independently or with a personal companion in designated areas. 

As a health care provider, Island Health has an obligation to promote good health practices. We are committed to ensuring a safe, healthy and clean environment for everyone. Smoking and vaping is not permitted on any Island Health property. This includes all buildings, grounds and parking lots. 

Safety/Security Features
  • Secured entrances(s)
  • Doors secured with magnetic release buttons /keypads
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Personal wander alarms (Wanderguard or similar)
  • Regular fire inspections / drills
Spiritual Care

Not available.


Parking at Cairnsmore Place is free but limited.

Visiting Information

Find information on long-term care visitor guidelines.

Please contact staff to learn more about visiting this location.

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Influenza Protection Policy.

Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."


Cowichan, Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Islands