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Seniors health and care

The links below lead to a variety of resources gathered and created by divisions of family practice throughout BC to address the needs of seniors and frail elderly in their communities. Complementing this work, the General Practice Services Committee’s Residential Care Initiative (RCI) is improving care for seniors living in care facilities. With all divisions of family practice working on RCI projects, 97% of BC's 30,000 eligible residential care beds are covered by projects funded by the initiative. Data from divisions and health authorities show that these projects are already making a significant impact on health outcomes and access to care.

In addition, the Shared Care Committee’s Polypharmacy Risk Reduction Initiative aims to reduce the risks of polypharmacy in the elderly by providing physicians with tools and strategies to reduce medications for improved safety and quality of life. Available resources for physicians include videos to walk you through difficult conversations with families around end of life goals of care; evidence summaries to help you decide if a medication is needed; and forms you can adapt for your own medication reviews.

Patient resources

Kootenay Boundary
Dementia roadmap for families (web version).
Dementia roadmap for families (booklet format for printing).

7 numbers every Mission senior needs

North Shore
7 numbers every North Shore senior needs

Powell River
Palliative support resources

Shuswap North Okanagan

Dementia roadmap for families

Resources for seniors to stay active

Physician resources

Fraser Northwest
Frail elderly nurse practitioner project and resources

Kootenay Boundary
Dementia roadmap for practitioners

Powell River
Palliative Resource Binder

Shuswap North Okanagan

Cardiac exercise program (information and referral form).
Dementia trajectory tool for practitioners.
MOST designation cheat sheet (for North Okanagan residential homes).


Frail elderly pilot project (information and community resources).
TORCH (Towards Optimal Residential Care Health).

White Rock-South Surrey
Quick reference guide: Geriatric prescribing in the emergency patient.


Chilliwack Primary Care Seniors Clinic

Provincial (non-division) resources

Alzheimer Society of BC

Disorientation and getting lost: A guide for people living with dementia.
Wandering and dementia: A guide for caregivers.

BC Patient Safety and Quality Council. Enhancing patient safety, reducing errors, promoting transparency, and identifying best practices to improve patient care.
Clear initiative: Improving care for seniors living with dementia in long-term care

Family Caregivers of British Columbia
. Dedicated to improving quality of life for family caregivers through support, information, and education. 

Government of Canada: Physical activity guide for older adults.

Health and life planning resources for seniors and families.

Office of the Seniors Advocate of BC.
 Monitors and analyzes seniors’ services/issues in BC, and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues. 

Public Health Agency of Canada: Safe Living Guide for Seniors.

Practice Support Program (PSP) 
Learning modules (Adult mental health, end-of-life, palliative care).
Small Group Learning Sessions (Residential care).

Seniors Services Society of BC. Provides programs and services to support vulnerable older adults to live as independently as possible.

SeniorsBC. Health and life planning resources for seniors and their families.

Health Authority resources

First Nations Health Authority
BC Elders' Guide

Fraser Health Authority

7 numbers every Fraser Health senior needs
Home support
Specialized seniors clinics

Interior Health Authority

Northern Health Authority

Vancouver Island Health Authority
Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST)

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Fall prevention

GPSC fee codes and other supports

The GPSC fee codes support seniors care by providing billing codes for chronic disease management, complex care, palliative care, residential care, etc.


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