Patients and their families have four main choices for receiving palliative care.
- In-home palliative care: The BC Ministry of Health supports in-home palliation, recognizing that this may be the most dignified option for many patients. In addition, in-home palliative care is often considered more efficient than care in a hospital or other facility.
- Hospital palliative care units: Hospitals operated by both Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Valley Health that provide acute health care also have their own Palliative Care Units.
- Hospice facilities: There are a number of non-profit, private organizations and societies that provide palliative care in the Fraser Valley in a home-like setting. These include The Bloom Group, Vancouver Hospice Society and Crossroads Hospice Society.
- Residential care facilities: Some seniors home and residential care facilities in Greater Vancouver provide hospice care. Residential care facilities need to meet certain regulations and must have a special licence to offer palliative care.