Shelmarie Rest Home

Service provider: Island Health
Funder: Island Health

Shelmarie Rest Home is a program in Victoria that provides services for adults with long-term mental health conditions who want to live independently. While residents can manage some aspects of daily life on their own, they need extra support with daily living activities, nursing and mental health care to live comfortably.

Shelmarie Rest Home is staffed for 24/7 care with mental health workers and other clinical staff. Clients are supported with mild to moderate chronic medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung and kidney disease, as long as their care can be managed in a community setting and does not require unscheduled nursing care.

Shelmarie Rest Home is licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.  See inspection reports about this facility.

Eligibility criteria:    

  • Individuals are 19 years or older and require 24-hour care.
  • The primary care need is related to a diagnosis of severe and ongoing mental illness.
  • All substance use, including alcohol and cannabis, is discouraged and substances are not permitted on site.
  • Clients must be willing to actively participate in rehabilitation and recovery plans.
  • Completed Tuberculosis (TB) screening/testing.

Access and referral information:

  • A clinician referral is required to access this program. 
  • If you or someone you care for are connected to a Mental Health and Substance Use team at Island Health, please ask about referral to this program. 
  • Your referring clinician and MHSU team will advise on the care option most suited to your needs.

Clients pay a per-diem (daily fee). The fee is determined based on client income.


Length of stay and levels of care depend on the resident needs, with the goal of independent living within two years.


Shelmarie Rest Home is a four-storey heritage house located in the Victoria/Oak Bay area with 14 rooms and 21 beds. Most bedrooms have a two-piece bathroom. There is a front patio, yard and common area for activities and watching TV. Residents may bring their own television, computer, small items, pillows and linens. There is one kitchen. A client phone line is provided for local calling.

Clients must be able to manage stairs independently. Mobility aids are not permitted indoors. 


Sooke Region, West Shore & Urban Greater Victoria