The Change Foundation’s strategic work on patient engagement is extending further through a new partnership and project looking at resident and family councils in long-term care (LTC) facilities across Ontario. The project builds on The Change Foundation’s comprehensive examination of patient and family councils in Ontario hospitals (see the report here) and will deliver a series of best practices and practical recommendations for how LTC facilities and resident and family councils can work together effectively.
Phase One of The Change Foundation’s LTC project features a large online and paper survey of residents, family members, staff, and administrators involved in resident and family councils. These surveys will be the foundation of The Change Foundation’s work throughout the project. Results from this current survey are currently being reviewed and analyzed by The Change Foundation.
The overall goal of the LTC project is to better understand the role, functioning, impact and leading practices of resident councils and family councils in long-term care homes in Ontario. The Change Foundation has actively partnered with the Ontario Association of Residents Councils (OARC), Family Councils’ Ontario (FCO), the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA), and the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) to ensure the project, report and recommendations is relevant and useful for the sector, and can be readily applied. Reports from previous work conducted by the OARC and FCO were also reviewed.
The LTC project will run over the course of two years, and is scheduled to wrap up in spring 2017. It will aim to fill gaps in knowledge surrounding the relationship between resident councils, family councils, and the homes they are associated with.
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