Family councils play an important role in long-term care homes. They advocate on collective concerns and make recommendations for improving care, while also building a comfortable, home-like environment for loved ones living there. Essentially, they are partners with care home operators, with the common goal of achieving the best quality of life and care possible for those living in long-term care.
Now, new updates to provincial long-term care regulations have increased the opportunity for engagement between family councils and operators, allowing them to work together more collaboratively and transparently.
Lisa Dawson, chair of the Vancouver Coastal Association of Family Councils, told us what that means for families of people in care.