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. We continually seek opportunities to inform policy to improve the quality of life in long-term care and foster partnerships and relationships to increase impact.
- LTCLSC: The Long-Term Care Stakeholder Liaison Committee (LTCSLC) was formed to provide an opportunity for consultation with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) on topics that are of shared interest to the ministry, and LHINs, associations representing operators within the LTC Home sector, the Ontario Association of Residents Councils (OARC) and Family Councils Ontario. As a member of this committee, FCO shares information from the perspectives of family members to help identify trends, issues, and risks affecting the LTC sector as well as discuss possible resolutions.
- BSO: as an active member of the Behavioural Supports Ontario Provincial Steering Committee, we advise and guide the accountability structure for Behavioural Supports Ontario which prioritizes the centrality of person-family directed care and fosters the implementation of system-wide best practices.
- Enhanced Strategy: In October 2014 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced the Enhanced Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy (Enhanced Strategy) applicable to the approximately 30,000 eligible “B”, “C” and Upgraded ”D” class beds remaining to be redeveloped under the Long-Term Care Home Renewal Strategy. FCO sits on four committees: The Steering Committee which reviews the overall strategy, the Finance Committee which reviews the financial implications facing homes who have proposed to redevelop, the Issues Committee that reviews challenges homes are facing in their unique locations (i.e. Municipal zoning), and a design Committee which discuss homes that need to vary something in their new build from the standards set out by the MOHLTC.
- CLRI: The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in long-term care “enhance the quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence-based service delivery and knowledge transfer." Through our involvement in the CLRI Stakeholder Advisory Group and other CLRI initiatives, FCO supports the ongoing success of the CLRIs and ensures that the voices of families are included in their work.
- Osteoporosis Knowledge exchange project: In collaboration with GERAS and Osteoporosis Canada, in 2017 FCO launched a knowledge exchange project to increase awareness of and knowledge about osteoporosis/fracture prevention among LTC residents’ families through creation of knowledge exchange resources for Family Councils. These resources will be used by the Family Councils to increase awareness of and knowledge about osteoporosis/fracture prevention within their Long-Term Care Homes, thereby helping to promote good bone health among LTC residents.
- Digital Reading project: In partnership with Kobo and ETAG, Family Councils Ontario launched a Digital Reading Project in 2015. This project awarded grants and training to Family Councils to support the advancement of literacy and digital reading within their LTC homes.
- HQO: FCO participates in the resource review committee of Health Quality Ontario. This committee is made up of volunteers from many areas of the health system, not just from Long-Term Care. These meeting review what HQO is preparing for their patient engagement initiatives and gives input to the development of new materials.
Past efforts include:
- Active participation on the Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety
- Membership on the Residents First Steering Committee
- 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.
Throughout each of these initiatives FCO staff bring the voices 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.
To share your thoughts with us on issues facing long-term care residents, families, and staff, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to bring the voices of families to the various tables at which we are involved, we need to hear from you. Contact us today.