Section Chief: Dr Vivian Ewa
The Section of Seniors Care is a dynamic and vibrant section within the Department of Family Medicine. Physicians work in multiple areas across the continuum of care, from home living to long term care (LTC) providing care to older adults within Calgary. In this section physicians work to promote aging in place working in multidisciplinary care teams across the care spectrum.
Physicians in this section work primarily in three main areas:
- Specialized Geriatric services: Family physicians with additional training or special interest in Care of the Elderly Medicine work in specialized programs within Seniors Health. These programs include, Home Care Geriatric Consult Team (GCT), Seniors Home Based Primary care (SHBPC), Seniors Health Outreach Program (SHOP), Seniors Health Outpatient Clinic and the Comprehensive Care in the Community Program (C3). Physicians in these programs work in multidisciplinary teams and provide a variety of services that includes home visits and facility-based consultation to frail older adults. The C3 program and SHBPC provides primary care to older adults with complex multimorbidity who require home based care to support aging at home. SHBPC is a home visit model of care while the C3 program allows participants to attend at one of two sites in Calgary.
- Subacute Community Based Programs: Physicians in these programs work in rehabilitation and restoration programs such as the transition units at Glenmore and Sarcee, the neuro rehabilitation program at the Fanning centre and R and R unit at Glenmore.
- Long Term Care and Supportive Living (SL): Physicians provide primary care to frail older adults requiring facility-based care in LTC or SL settings in Calgary. Over 50% of physicians providing care in this setting are part of the Frail Elderly Alternative Relationship Plan (ARP). This model of remuneration supports and encourages team-based care to support this complex and vulnerable population. There are various speciality programs within the Calgary LTC and SL settings such as our Kindd program for adults aging with developmental disabilities at Clifton Manor, Complex Dementia Care Unit at Bethany Riverview, Brain Injury unit at Southwood Care Centre and the Dementia Unit of the 21st century at Cambridge Manor. Family physicians work in multidisciplinary teams that include mental health specialists to deliver evidence informed care. There are two community based Alternate Level of Care programs (ALC) in LTC settings, physicians in this program provide subacute medical care to patients waiting for placement in a LTC or SL facility while recovering from their acute medical illness.
Physicians in all the programs above are encouraged to participate in teaching opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate medical learners. Quality Improvement (QI) opportunities exist across the programs.
For more information on opportunities in the Section of Seniors Care, please contact:
Dr Vivian Ewa
Section Chief, Seniors-Care, Department of Family Medicine
The Continuum of Family Practice
Providing Care Across the Spectrum