Village Green celebrates Residents’ Council Week with a variety of events

Raising awareness of the Residents’ Bill of Rights, creating a resident subcommittee to write council bylaws and attending a virtual concert with other LTC residents were among the highlights

Village Green celebrated Residents’ Council Week by raising awareness about the Ontario Residents’ Bill of Rights, forming a subcommittee to create residents’ council bylaws and attending a virtual concert organized by the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC).

There are 29 rights in the Residents’ Bill of Rights which are ingrained in the Fixing Long-Term Care Act (FLTCA), 2021. These rights guarantee that all residents of Ontario long-term care homes “receive safe, consistent, and high-quality resident-centred care in settings where residents feel at home, are treated with respect, and have the supports and services they need for their health and well-being,” OARC says on its website.

To raise awareness of the Residents’ Bill of Rights, the Selby, Ont. long-term care home’s team members participated in a pop quiz that was focused on the Bill of Rights, says Village Green life enrichment co-ordinator Ulana Orrick.

For example, team members were asked if they knew where the Residents’ Bill of Rights was posted in the home as well as which residents’ rights they could name.

Since there were amendments made to the Residents’ Bill of Rights in 2021, staff members were also asked if they knew what those changes were.

Acting on a suggestion mentioned in the OARC newsletter, Village Green used Residents’ Council Week to establish a resident-led subcommittee to develop bylaws for the home’s residents’ council.

“The residents said this would be a great thing to do during Residents’ Council Week, so that’s what we did,” Ulana tells The OMNIway. “We bought some doughnuts and made some coffee and we started writing bylaws.”

To cap off the week, the OARC hosted an hour-long virtual concert featuring singer-songwriter Deidrey Francois which the residents enjoyed, Ulana says.

During the broadcast, it was announced that Village Green was one of three long-term care homes that won an $800 gift certificate that will be put towards a new residents’ council information board (read more in an upcoming OMNIway story).

Long-term-care home residents across Ontario tuned in to the performance, which was aired over Zoom. This created a strong sense of community for residents, Ulana says.

“The residents really liked seeing that other homes were also celebrating Residents’ Council Week alongside them virtually,” she says. “That was fun for everybody.”

Residents’ Council Week was Sept. 12-18. The week, which is organized each year by OARC, aims to raise awareness about the important role residents’ councils play in long-term care homes.

Residents’ councils are mandated by the Ministry of Long-Term Care and serve to empower residents and help them make the most of their experience living in long-term care homes.

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