Guidelines for care

The province has established numerous resources to help health-care providers respond to the increased prevalence of dementia across British Columbia.

NEW: Dementia-Friendly Care Homes: Best Practices in Dementia Care: This report was released by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and Simon Fraser University’s Department of Gerontology. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. appreciates the opportunity to be a part of an initiative that aims to support the quality of life of people living with dementia in care homes.

We are pleased to share this report and look forward to the work ahead. The report identifies best practices implemented in care homes to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia in two key areas: in the environmental design and physical infrastructure and in the education, training, staffing and care practices.

Provincial guide to dementia care in British Columbia: This guide produced by the Ministry of Health outlines priorities in dementia care and makes recommendations on how to achieve them.

R.A.C.E (Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise): A communication framework that allows you to speak directly to a variety of specialists (including within the areas of geriatrics and neurology). 

Phased Dementia Pathway: Easy access to evidence-based clinical practice recommendations and support tools for caring for a person living with dementia provided by Interior Health. 

Doctors of BC Dementia Policy: A policy update expanding on Doctors of BC's commitments and calls to action on improving dementia care in B.C.

Dementia Guidelines: The Province of B.C.’s guidelines for supporting caregivers and caring for people living with dementia, specifically focused on non-pharmacological interventions. 

Canadian Centre for Elder Law’s “Conversations About Care: The Law and Practice of Health Care Consent for People Living with Dementia in British Columbia”: The CCEL’s new report mapping practice and law regarding health care consent in B.C.

Health-Care Providers Guide to Consent for Health Care: The Province of B.C.’s guide to help health-care professionals understand the basic legal requirements for ensuring valid consent (or refusal) of proposed health-care treatment for an adult in British Columbia. 

Best Practice Guidelines for Accommodating and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Long-term Care: The Province of B.C.’s guide to person-centered, interdisciplinary care of people living with dementia in long-term care, specifically aimed at reducing the use of antipsychotic drugs.                                                                    

Last Updated: 04/17/2020