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Dementia Patient Companion Guide Review and Survey



Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal


In 2021, select primary care provider practices began using a newly developed Coordinating Dementia Tool. The purpose of this tool is to assist primary care providers in managing their patients’ dementia journey and to provide resources, referrals and associated billing codes in appointment-size pieces. To complement the physician tool, a Patient Companion Guide has been developed for patients and their caregivers.

The purpose of this guide is to help patients learn more about living with dementia and help write down important information from healthcare visits. We would like to learn about your experiences using this guide. The Patient Companion Guide has been developed and reviewed by the Companion Guide Working Group, which includes patient and caregiver partners, and representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Patient Voices Network, Alzheimer Society of B.C., Family Caregivers of B.C., West End Seniors Network and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice. This project is funded by Shared Care, a partnership of Doctors of BC and the BC government.

Please answer the following survey questions, which will take about 5 minutes Patient – Feedback on Patient Companion Guide. Your feedback will help us revise the guide and roll it out throughout the region. When responding to the questions, please consider the content of the guide, rather than its design. If you have any questions about the guide or survey, or if would like more copies of the guide please contact Miranda at

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.