Improving care for elderly patients is another strategic priority for the Victoria Division. The care of the elderly working group initiated the development of TORCH, a new, evidence-based model of care to improve medical care in residential care homes. After an 18-month pilot phase, TORCH is now a permanent model of care with high patient and provider satisfaction, and is spreading beyond the initial four prototype facilities.
Providing better care for frail seniors living at home remains a concern. The Division partnered with Island Health to implement a 3-month pilot in 2015, which brought a physiotherapist and registered nurse into selected GP offices to test methods of frailty screening and educate GPs and their MOAs about community resources.
The care of the elderly working group is now working with Island Health to determine how best to implement integrated, team-based services that enable GPs and Island Health clinicians to work collaboratively to treat frail elderly patients, including those who are homebound and unable to attend office-based appointments.