Seeking applications for projects supporting Seniors Action Plan

21 February 2013

MSFHR is requesting applications for two projects that will support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the BC Ministry of Health’s Seniors Action Plan.

As an initial component of a more comprehensive program, these research projects will address priority evidence needs related to the ministry’s mandate to modernize and renew BC’s home and community care system. The two projects are:

  • A study of existing best practices of seniors’ home-based care and support in New Zealand, Australia and Japan
    The organization and provision of seniors’ care differs across Canada and internationally. A study of existing best practices in other jurisdictions will help inform the design of a system of care that best serves the needs of BC seniors. Applications are requested to identify the drivers of change in each country and that country’s responses with regard to organization, provision, regulation, and quality of home care.

    >> Download Request for Applications (PDF)

  • A cost effectiveness study (including quality of life) of Better at Home, a non-medical home support program
    The Better at Home program – which is managed by United Way through funding provided by the Ministry of Health – will provide non-medical home support to seniors in up to 60 BC communities through a community-based model. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether this non-medical home support model is meeting the needs of seniors and impacting seniors’ quality of life, as well as the extent to which it is cost effective.

    >> Download Request for Applications (PDF)
    >> Responses to frequently asked questions about Better at Home (PDF)

Both projects will involve close collaboration between research and policy makers to ensure the right questions are asked and that the findings can be translated into better health and health care.

Applications must be submitted to Cindy Soules ( by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3. For full details, including award amounts, eligibility criteria, and application instructions, download the Request for Applications documents above.

An information webinar for interested applicants will be co-hosted by MSFHR and the knowledge users (United Way of the Lower Mainland and the BC Ministry of Health) on Tuesday, March 5. Please e-mail Cindy Soules ( for information on how to join the webinar.