Our community’s doctors are committed to providing the best possible
care for seniors living in residential facilities. Two of the main goals
for our residential care program are to reduce the number of trips
residents make to the emergency room and to have fewer residents taking
more than nine medications, as both these situations can negatively
impact our senior patients.
As of July 1, The Division has transitioned into a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Fraser Health Authority and now has 12 doctors
providing enhanced clinical care and 24-hour availability to nine public and two private residential facilities in White Rock-South Surrey. By enabling
round-the-clock patient care, doctors in residential facilities are
better able to support patients where they live and reduce the need to
visit the emergency room.
We are also actively working to reduce the
number of medications seniors take. As we age, many people visit more
than one medical professional who may prescribe long-term medication.
Over time, these medications may no longer be needed or they may
negatively interact with another medicine the patient is taking. Our
goal is for patients to enjoy life with as few medications, and as few
side effects, as possible.
The Residential Care Program was
launched in 2011 and is operated by the Division in partnership with the
Fraser Health Authority and the General Practice Services Committee. Based on the
program’s success to date, the Ministry of Health has extended funding so it can
In collaboration with the Practice Support Program, our Division has contributed to the design of an Implementation Guide for the initiative (found below). We are also part of a provincial working group that is developing a clinical education guide for practicing in Residential Care.