Selected Projects / Vancouver Coastal Health: Scaling Participation in Long Term Care Homes

Care homes are gaining attention as the population in Canada begins to age and care demands increase. These homes are known to provide 24-hour proessional supervision and care in a protective, supportive environment for people who have complex care needs and can no longer be cared for in their own homes or in an assisted living residence. Currently, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is working on an initiative to not only provide a safe and protected environment for residents but make their spaces feel like home by shifting towards a person-directed, social model of care. Through this, the overarching goal is to listen to and lift up the voice and choice of people living in long term care homes, by empowering everyone to shape the future of their own care. 

Culture of Care is a part of the Come Alive Program with all 55 of Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) long-term care homes. Over the course of the past year Emily Carr’s HDL has run a series of co-creative workshops first starting with 5 care homes, then scaling up to 16 and is now engaging all 55 long term care homes in participating in defining and designing the distinct culture they’d like to see in their homes and communities. The synthesis of these conversations with people living in long term care have helped us understand the ways that care could be transformed.

Themes brought forward from dialogs were: Sense of Purpose, building Relationships and Conversations, Recognizing and Supporting Ability, looking after Individual Needs and Care, and giving time for Flexible and Spontaneous Care.


Project Leads: Caylee Raber, Lisa Boulton

Design + Research Assistants: Garima Sood, Vannysha Cheng, Morgan Martino, Ajra Doobenen

Project Coordinator: Nadia Beyzaei

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