Resident Rights for Canada

Resident Rights for Canada 

As Canadian citizens, we are all granted certain rights, protections, and freedoms that enable us to make independent decisions regarding all aspects of our lives. Every day, we make decisions concerning our health, finances, and preferences. When a person enters a long-term care home or retirement community, they do not lose any of their rights, protections, or freedoms. In fact, violation of civil rights is considered a form of abuse that should be taken very seriously. It is the responsibility of long-term care homes, retirement communities, and their staff to protect and promote resident rights. In Ontario, the Long-term Care Homes Act (LTCHA) established that since a long-term care home is the home of the residents, it is to be operated in a manner that ensures residents live with dignity, security, safety, and comfort and have their physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs adequately met. As well, the Retirement Homes Act 2010 reflects certain rights of residents. These laws ensure residents maintain their right to make independent decisions regarding all aspects of their life while living in a long-term care home or community. Resident rights emphasize the importance of resident-focused care, independence, privacy, dignity, and respect. All residents, residents’ families, and staff members should be aware of resident rights in your organization.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CAN-SRC-0-RRC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the importance of resident rights.
Describe four rights of residents in a long-term care home or retirement community.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Protecting Resident Rights A. Importance of Resident Rights B. Free from Abuse and Restraints C. Privacy and Confidentiality D. Dignity and Respect E. Choices and Care F. Other Rights G. Ontario Specific Rights H. Review Section 3: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Instructor: Lynda Welch, RN

Lynda Welch is a registered nurse with an extensive career history in long-term care management. She provides general administrative and clinical nursing consultative services to staff in long-term care homes. Lynda is also a legal nurse consultant. Her understanding of operational and clinical issues related to long term care, combined with her ability to read and interpret government standards and legislation, provides plaintiff, defense and labour lawyers with an objective, evidence-based opinion related to relevant standards of care.

Disclosure: Lynda Welch, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff.
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