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British Columbia Specific Information
In British Columbia, people with dementia and their families have access to information and support to make informed choices about their long-term care. First Link® is an early intervention service designed to connect individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease or another dementia with services and support as soon as possible after diagnosis. For more information on First Link® visit Alzheimer Society – FirstLink® form referrals.
The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with physicians and nurses from across B.C., has developed the Best Practice Guideline for Accommodating and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Residential Care. The guideline includes a useful algorithm and is intended to support health care providers when they provide care and support to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their families.
If you or a loved one are having difficulty coping with activities of daily living because of a health-related problem such as dementia, A Guide to Your Care (PDF 1.66 MB) may help you. The guide has information about home and community care services to help British Columbians live as independently as possible. For additional information on home and community care services in B.C. including care options and cost, who pays for care, eligibility requirements, and how to arrange care, visit the Home & Community Care website.
For more information about health care service delivery, visit The Alzheimer Society's Guidelines for Care: Person-Centred Care of People with Dementia Living in Care Homes Framework (PDF 526 KB), or the British Columbia Psychogeriatric Association's resource Meeting Seniors' Mental Health Care Needs in British Columbia: A Resource Document (PDF 1.66 MB).