Residential Care

In the last 10 years, the number of community-based family physicians has increased by about 10%. Over this same period, the number of family physicians delivering residential care services dropped by about 13%. It’s also anticipated that there will be a 120% growth in the residential care population in the next 20 years.

The GPSC’s residential care initiative is designed to address this challenge by enabling physicians to develop local, scalable, and sustainable solutions that target 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 as a result of a higher quality of care

Beginning in 2011 through the Ministry of Health, the initiative was prototyped by five divisions of family practice (Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Prince George, South Okanagan Similikameen, and White Rock-South Surrey). Click here for early results from each of these divisions.

With the GPSC’s commitment of up to $12m annually since 2015, the initiative is now meeting the needs of residential care patients across BC, covering 99.4% of the eligible 30,000 long-term care beds (both public and private). 

Click here for GPSC incentives that support doctors and participating divisions of family practices.

Read more about how doctors and local divisions are improving care for one of BC’s most vulnerable populations.

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Learn more

• Early data show impact and successes (2017)

• Localized solutions for provincial reform of residential care services (2015)

• Doctors innovating local strategies to improve residential care across BC (2015)