Chemainus Health Care Centre - Long-Term Care

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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.


9909 Esplanade St
P.O. 499
Chemainus, B.C. 
V0R 1K1


Island Health

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Canada, April 2018.

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: 75
Private-pay units: 0

Building Description

Built in 1994, this two level building with ocean views, has a main floor with resident rooms, dining area, lounges, activity space and reception area. The lower level has the adult day program, staff areas, kitchen, laundry, and maintenance areas. Attached to the long-term care area there is a laboratory, x-ray department, outpatient physiotherapy and urgent care. 

Building Amenities

Hair salon, outdoor courtyards, living room, private dining space, exercise room, bathing rooms, amazing ocean views, and family room. 

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Chemainus Health Care Centre is in a quiet long-term care neighbourhood. In close proximity to the Chemainus Health Care Centre is a grocery store, beach area, coffee shop, and local bakery.

Philosophy of Care

As per Island Health Vision, Purpose and Values.Homelike, with safe, competent, ethical care.

Model of Medical Care/Physician Organization
This facility has a core physician model for medical care. Residents are assigned to a physician who has a number of other residents at the facility, attends on a regular basis, coordinates care with other core physicians and works closely with care staff at the facility.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
MAiD is available at Island Health owned and operated sites and this affiliate site. Read more information on 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: 55
  • Number of beds in double occupancy rooms: 20

Residents pay up to 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food, 24-hour nursing care, and accommodation. Learn more about additional services available to residents of the Chemainus Health Care Centre

Special Recreational Opportunities

Six days a week, activity staff are on site to provide recreation/leisure programs to meet the physical, social, spiritual and mental needs of the residents. A large wheelchair-accessible bus is available for outings. A monthly calendar is published to inform residents and families of our upcoming programs.

Please call our Activity Department at local 42267 if you have any questions. We value the role of volunteers who provide pet therapy, serve tea and coffee and assist us with many of our programs. New volunteers are welcome; please contact the Volunteer Resources Manager at Island Health to learn more.


Chemainus Health Care Centre is completely wheelchair-accessible. Ground level access. There are two spaces for accessible parking close to the main front entrance. 

Motorized Scooter Policy

Residents wishing to use power wheelchairs or scooters inside the building must first be assessed by our Occupational Therapist.

Please call 250-737-2040 extension 42281 for more information. 

Pet Policy

As per Island Health policy. Pets are not permitted to live in Chemainus Health Care Centre. Visiting pets are welcome and must be leashed at all times, have current vaccinations and be well mannered. No pets are permitted in any area were food is prepared or served.


Smoking Policy

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. Residents who smoke are required to do so independently or with a personal companion in designated areas off the care home property. 


Safety/Security Features
  • Doors secured with magnetic release buttons /keypads
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Regular fire inspections / drills
Spiritual Care

Chemainus Health Care Centre host nondenominational church activities for residents. 


Limited parking, mainly along adjacent streets.

Visiting Information

As this is home to our residents, visiting hours are open to family and friends.

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