This project is being led by the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate, an independent office of the provincial government. The project is being managed by the BC Patient Centred Measurement Working Group and Providence Health Care. The project has been informed by the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate’s Long-Term Care Consultation Group.
Who is involved in this project?
We want to give seniors living in long term residential care a collective voice. To survey every resident about their experience living in residential care in BC. To survey the person who visits the resident the most about their perceptions of their loved one’s care and their own experience visiting residential care homes. Residents and their visitors will be asked questions about a variety of topics, including: privacy, food, safety, activities, and personal relationships.
What are we doing?
All residents living in publicly-funded care homes across BC will be invited to participate. Interviews will be conducted in-person at individual sites and this is the only way residents will be surveyed.
The survey will help us learn about the quality of residential care from the perspective of residents and their families and visitors. The results from this survey will provide a road map for improvement of the care and services provided to residents and their families in long term residential care. Results will be publicly reported by the BC Office of the Seniors Advocate. The names and any other personally identifiable information about residents will not be published. At all times the personal information of our residents and their families and visitors is protected and will only be used as authorized under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All personal identifiable information will be removed prior to publicly releasing any results.
Residents will be approached to participate in an in-person interview with a trained Volunteer, who is independent from the facility. The Volunteer Interviewer will conduct a standardized interview to collect the perceptions and stories about the resident’s quality of life in the care home. The names and any other personally identifiable information about residents will not be published. The interviews are estimated to be between 45 and 90 minutes in length, determined by the pace and preferences of the resident.