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