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Long Term Care Initiative

To address the decline in GP services to long-term care facilities and the projected doubling of residents over the next 20 years, the GPSC’s Long-Term Care Initiative (LTCI) was created to help enable divisions to develop local, scalable, sustainable and collaborative solutions that improve the care of patients receiving residential care services.
 

Through the LTCI, our division is working on a local solution that helps enable our participating membership to meet the following five best practice expectations and three system-level outcomes:
 

Best Practice Expectations

24/7 availability and on-site attendance when required

Proactive visits to residents

Meaningful medication reviews

Completed documentation

Attendance at case conferences

 

System-Level Outcomes

Reduced unnecessary or inappropriate hospital transfers

Improved patient/provider experience

Reduced cost/patient through higher quality of care

 

In Central Island, our early positive successes noted to date include:

  • Most residents in residential care (complex) are attached to a local GP and between 95-98% of the GPs providing care to residents have signed on to the Oceanside RCI commitment;
  • A robust call service is in place with the Mount Arrowsmith Medical Society, to provide satisfactory after-hours physician coverage for residents in care.
  • Improved communications and engagement with lead facility staff.

 

LTCI Documents for physician reference:

RCI Supporting Guidelines

Geriatric Prescribing Tool

RCI Bed Count Process Oceanside RCI MOU

 

Please contact the Program Manager Sharon Todd @ stodd@divisionsbc.ca for more details.