Pilot Program

In March 2022, BC Rehab Society will be piloting a new way of providing accommodation for family members who must travel to Vancouver to see GF Strong patients. Upon approval of a written application, BCRS will book and pay for beneficiaries to stay at Easter Seals House, located at 24th and Oak Street in Vancouver, 400m from GF Strong.

Easter Seals House is a home away from home for guests who need to travel to Vancouver for medical treatment and care. It’s a safe, affordable home they can count on to stay, during very hard times.

During the pilot period there will be no formal income or geographical restriction on who can apply for this assistance. GF Strong team members are encouraged to use their discretion in making appropriate referrals based on the circumstances in each case. WSBC or ICBC patients will not be eligible.

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Application forms are to be completed by GF Strong Social Workers with the patient’s consent. A form may be used for up to two adults and one child from the same household.  If travellers are coming from different households or if there are more than three travellers, then separate forms should be used.

Once the form is completed it should be returned to BC Rehab at trynka.gogal@bcrehab.org. BC Rehab will review the application and make a booking with Easter Seals House and then inform the beneficiary(ies).

As this is a pilot project, it will be important for BCRS to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and user friendliness of this support.  For that reason, beneficiaries will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about their experience with the program.  At the end of the pilot period, BCRS will make a determination about whether to continue to provide this support and, if so, what the final terms should be.

Please direct any inquiries about BCRs accommodation support to Trynka Gogal at trynka.gogal@bcrehab.org.

  • 49 self-contained suites with two single beds
  • 7 accessible units – 3 with ceiling lifts
  • Roll-away cots and cribs available
  • In-suite kitchenettes with dishes, cutlery and pots
  • Private washrooms in each suite
  • Linens, pillows and towels provided
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Comfortable tv lounges
  • Air-conditioning in some rooms
  • Outdoor garden lounge
  • Underground parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Check-in 4:00 p.m.
  • Check-out 10:00 a.m.