Family Councils Ontario (FCO) works to represent the interests of Family Councils at a broader level through involvement in initiatives at the system level of Long Term Care. Recently we have been an active participant on the Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety, a member of the Residents First Steering Committee and a member of two Health Quality Ontario committees.
In 2012 we launched a research project on innovative practices and approaches to food, activities and care in Long-Term Care within the framework of intersectionality. This research project will result in a tool for highlighting innovative practices and sparking discussion between families and persons of importance on the food, care, and activity practices within Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario.
Throughout each of these initiatives FCO staff bring the voice of families to the table and keep families up to date with these initiatives through regular email updates. FCO has also played a key role in gathering input from families and creating opportunities for getting family input to Ministry initiatives through hosting teleconferences, focus groups and encouraging and supporting families in their communities to be involved when opportunities arise.