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February 2015

Family Councils and LTC inspections

You Asked Us:  What role does the Family Council play in an inspection of the Long-Term Care Home?

According to the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, “every long-term care home shall be inspected at least once a year” (2007, c. 8, s. 143.). Further, “Where an inspection is required under section 143, the inspector may meet with the Residents’ Council or the Family Council, if requested or permitted to do so by the Council.” (2007, c. 8, s. 145.).

Family Council Terms of Reference

A common question we get asked is "What should we include in our Family Council Terms of Reference?"

As Councils develop and undergo change, a Terms of Reference is an important organizational tool. The Terms of Reference need to be designed and discussed by the entire Council so everyone understands the common purpose of the Council, Council goals and how the Council will operate.

Typical sections of the Terms of Reference include:

Family Councils and Peer Support

Family Councils have been promoted as a way for families to be involved in the Long Term Care Home of their loved one. Family Councils not only provide an opportunity to work towards positive change in the Home, but they also provide a chance for family members to connect to others who share their experiences and can provide emotional, practical, informational and affirmational support.