Vancouver Coastal Health identified dementia care as one of the key priorities in Residential Care and as a result, they endorsed the integration of reviewing environments, spaces, activities, and specific resident needs through a person-centred care focus using the 3 Q P.I.E.C.E.S. framework and Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) education so that people living in Residential care can live the best life possible.

The Dementia CARE Enhancement Initiative is a regional project that involves 56 Homes in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), including Providence Health Care (PHC). The VCH Dementia CARE Team consists of 1 Team Lead, 1 Resource Nurse and 3 PEER RCAs who carry experience and skill in dementia care, including specialized knowledge and practice of PIECES and GPA.

Louis Brier joined the initiative in November 2018 after being one of three selected to participate and partner with the VCH Dementia CARE Team in enhancing dementia care. The team started pre-work in the Special Care Unit as the pilot unit, and continue to work in collaboration with the VCH Dementia CARE Team and community care partners, to implement care processes and practices that enhance the quality of life of people living with dementia and support a safe, meaningful work life for care staff.
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