Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Geriatric Outpatient Clinic

In the BC Capital Region, the Geriatric CARE program aims to improve the health and quality of life of older people so that they may continue living in their home in the community.

The program provides comprehensive geriatric assessments and rehabilitation to people in their homes. The CARE team includes:

  • Geriatrician (medical doctor who specializes in working with elderly people)
  • Nutritionist
  • Registered nurse
  •  Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Rehabilitation assistant
  • Social worker
  • Administrative staff

Assessments are geared to people who are 75 and older.

To access the Geriatric CARE Program, you must be referred by your family physician. Family members and/or the person receiving care may request that their physician make a referral to the program.

What are some signs that an assessment may be necessary or appropriate? The program is geared to people who are 75+ and who are having problems with mobility, falls, confusion, depression, incontinence, managing their medications, or managing day to day living activities. The program is also intended for those who have unstable medical conditions. Other signs that a geriatric assessment may be needed include: 

  • Missed meals and malnutrition
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Memory problems
  • Wandering
  • Poor judgment
  • Unpaid bills
  • Changes in sleeping patterns and/or appetite suggestive of signs of depression

Following an assessment by the Geriatric CARE team, a plan of care will be developed. The plan may include individualized medical or nursing care, drug review and education, home exercise programs, rehabilitation, counselling (personal, and/or nutritional), and linkages to community supports, family physicians and community health workers.

The program also offers a family caregiver education and support component, especially regarding dementia.

Assessments are for those who are having problems with mobility, falls, confusion, depression, incontinence, management of their medications, or management of their daily living activities.