Residential Care Initiative

The GPSC ​Residential ​Care Initiative was created to improve care for the ever growing senior population​, ​and to support divisions of family practice in finding local solutions to improve care for these vulnerable patients.

The initiative was prototyped by five divisions, beginning in 2011: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Prince George, South Okanagan Similkameen, and White Rock - South Surrey. Based on the successes achieved in th​e prototype communities (whose stories are below), the GPSC has earmarked up to $12 million annually to support divisions in designing local, scalable, and sustainable solutions that cover all residential care facilities in about 104 BC communities.

​A list of residential care resources available to divisions can be found here, and a series of infographics displaying early results from the prototype communities is available on the GPSC site.

  • Kootenay Boundary: Health care teams work side by side improving residential care
    In late spring, a group of 36 physicians, residential care facility managers & providers, nurses and Interior Health administrators from nine residential care facilities across seven Kootenay Boundary communities came together for the first ever residential care regional quality improvement meeting.
  • Fraser Northwest physicians use collective power to improve care at residential facilities
    For Al Vernon, knowing that wife Beth has 24-hour access to a doctor as a resident of Queen's Park Care Centre provides great peace of mind.
  • South Okanagan Similkameen: Working together to meet residential care needs
    Like many communities around BC, the South Okanagan region has faced significant challenges in meeting the medical needs of seniors in residential care.  A significant reason for this trend is...
  • Chilliwack: Working Together to Enhance Residential Care
    When a patient in residential care needs medical attention, facility staff need to connect with a physician as quickly as possible which often proved difficult.  Staff in Chilliwack residential...
  • Abbotsford: Making strides in residential care improvements
    How do you enhance residential care for seniors when your physician population is already stretched to capacity? It’s a question the Abbotsford medical community struggled with for several years...
  • Prince George: Enabling and communicating consistent residential care
    Providing the best possible care to elderly people in residential care facilities presents a variety of challenges. Enabling good communication and consistent care between health care providers is...
  • White Rock - South Surrey: Coordinating a community-wide approach to enhance residential care
    One of the main challenges for residential care facilities across the province is getting timely onsite care for patients.  Elderly residents often end up transferred to the emergency department...