First Available Bed Policy

Hospitals have a discharge policy that older patients must accept transfer to the “first available bed” in any long-term care facility.   Older patients being discharged should have the right to choose a place to live that is appropriate to her needs, wishes or personal situation, and so to give or refuse consent to admission to a long term care facility.  According to BC’s Residential Care Access Policy, if you are transferred to the first available bed:

Clients can request a move to a preferred facility once they are in residential care. If the first available bed is turned down, the health authority will assume a client’s need is not urgent and move their name off the priority access list. The client will have the option of applying to a private care facility or may be eligible for home support and other community resources.

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