One of our great achievements was the creation of Family Councils in 1998. We applied for and received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to create the pilot project.
Family Councils became legislated within the Ontario Long Term Care Homes Act, and there are Family Councils running in the majority of the 630 facilities across the province today. Some of them have formed powerful networks.
Under Section 60(1) of the Act, Family Councils advise licensees of any concerns or recommendations they have about the operation of the home. They can also report concerns to the Director of the ministry’s inspection branch. They can also review the home’s financial statements and detailed allocations of government funding.
After a Family Council advises a licensee of a concern or recommendation, the licensee is required to respond to the Family Council in writing within 10 days.
To learn how to set up a Family Council or a network of Family Councils in your area, contact Family Councils Ontario at fco.ngo.