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Residents, family will have stronger voices in long-term care homes

By November 3, 2022October 26th, 2023No Comments

VICTORIA ʹPeople living in long-term care (LTC) homes will have more input into issues that affect their daily lives as the result of changes to resident and family councils. Long-term care residences are people͛s homes and it͛s important that residents and family members have a place to share concerns and ideas when it comes to decisions about how the homes are operating, said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. The Province is strengthening support and oversight of resident and family councils, and encouraging LTC homes currently without a council to establish one to ensure greater voices for residents and their families in decisions that affect them and their loved ones personally.

A resident and family council is a group of people that meets regularly to promote the collective interests of residents, and to discuss issues of concern. Councils may include residents, family members and other representatives who act on behalf of residents. The goal of improving the councils is to ensure a greater voice for residents and their families, and to strengthen the partnerships between the councils, the Ministry of Health, health authorities and operators by ensuring opportunities for increased communication and collaboration exist within all long-term care facilities. The revised regulations will ensure members have more access to information and can have frank conversations about their experiences.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on residents in LTC homes and their families. As a government, we have learned a lot and have also taken crucial steps to making sure residents in LTC homes have the best quality of life possible and are safe,͟said Mable Elmore, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors͛Services and Long-Term Care. ͞I want to thank the community groups, including the Independent Long-Term Care Councils Association of BC (formerly known as the Family Council of BC) and the existing regional family councils that have been eagerly and passionately working with the Ministry of Health to assist in establishing and maintaining effective family councils in every long-term care home in our province. The changes we are proposing will achieve exactly that. Councils will be more active when given more administrative support from management and they will have greater representation at the local, regional and provincial levels to affect change. This will lead to a better outcome for all.

Health authorities will oversee the formation of new regional resident family councils with representation from individual councils who will come together to discuss systemic issues and share information. Additionally, the Ministry of Health will lead a provincial committee with representation from the regional networks to focus on addressing provincial-level issues.

Regional councils and the provincial committee will begin meeting in spring 2023.

Two backgrounders follow.


Ministry of Health
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