I’m Dr. John Sloan. I’m a family physician and author. I treat frail elderly people in their own homes, and I’ve published two books on the subject of their care: “Protocols in Primary Care Geriatrics” (a textbook) in 1992, and “A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly” in 2009.
My medical practice bringing primary care into the homes of frail elderly people was for many years unique in my community, and has inspired others to develop similar approaches to practice.
I’m a Clinical Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and have been much involved in the care of the frail elderly, organizing medical education, and lecturing to physicians, students, and other groups. I’ve been a consultant for Canadian federal agencies, insurers, research ethics review organizations and providers of care on issues to do with health of the elderly.
These days I’m working part-time, still trying to improve the well-being of frail old people by caring for them and spreading the word about what the best care for these people looks like. I want to give them permission to request health care at home and support to make it happen.
Please take a look around this site and if you’re interested tell others about Sunshiners.ca. By sharing our stories and building our resources, we can change the way society views frail old people, change the way the healthcare system treats them, and make a positive difference in the lives of people we love.