The formation of residents’ rights afforded to all persons living in long-term care homes, began in the early 1950’s and grew to 27 distinct rights. The Ontario Residents’ Bill of Rights is embedded in our provincial legislation, Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA), 2007, and accompanying Regulations (O. Reg. 79/10).
All long-term care homes in Ontario (including those formerly known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged, and charitable homes) are governed by the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (LTCHA). The requirements in the LTCHA ensure that residents of these homes receive safe, consistent, and high-quality resident-centered 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.
Residents’ Councils review and promote the Residents’ Bill of Rights. The following resources are some of the supports available to provide a deeper understanding of the rights.
Working together, this unique program guides long-term care home teams of staff and residents to co-develop and co-facilitate education sessions about the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007). The program provides educators with a step-by-step guide, videos, exercises and resources to develop the education.
The “Every Resident…” booklet is produced by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). This booklet provides plain language interpretations and examples of the 27 rights. Used by many Residents’ Councils, this resource is free and easily accessed at the CLEO website. To order FREE copies visit www.cleo.on.ca or call CLEO at 416-408-4420
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This pictographic version of the Ontario Residents’ Bill of Rights poster was designed by the Aphasia Institute and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This important poster was created to help ensure that all residents of long-term care homes in the province of Ontario know and understand their rights. Contact Aphasia Institute 73 Scarsdale Road, Toronto ON M3B2R2 | email@example.com | 416-226-3636 | 416-226-3706
This resident inspired creation is a popular method for residents to keep the Residents Bill of Rights in a convenient place for reference. The booklet can be downloaded and assembled free of charge, using the instructions below. We remember
Step 1. Open PDF
Step 2. Print pages 1 to 2
Step 3. Manually flip pages 1 and 2 over and feed or place into printer.
Step 4. Print pages 3 to 4
* You will be double siding PDF pages 1 with page 3, and page 2 with page 4
Step 5. Fold your two printed pages, where "FOLD" is indicated
Step 6. Cut along the dotted lines to make 4 separate sheets
Step 7. Stack sheets on top of each other and staple at fold/center
You've just created your very own Residents Bill of Rights booklet, Enjoy!
Educating residents, team members, and other stakeholders about the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA, 2007) is a necessary and ongoing effort taking place at every long-term care home across the province. OARC is compiling an inventory of the Residents’ Bill of Rights translated into different languages, to better support homes serving residents of diverse cultural backgrounds.
If your home has developed/translated the Residents’ Bill of Rights into a language that you don’t see posted below, and might be willing to share this resource, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Jennifer Langston firstname.lastname@example.org x 220.
Educating residents, team members, and other stakeholders about the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA, 2007) is a necessary and ongoing effort taking place at every long-term care home across the province. OARC is compiling an inventory of the Residents’ Bill of Rights translated into different languages, to better support homes serving residents of diverse cultural backgrounds. Thank you to the long-term care homes who shared their resources and to the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging for their support.
|Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007)||Source|
With Examples – Chinese (Traditional)
|Thank you to Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care|
|English||OARC Through Our Eyes Program|
|French||OARC Through Our Eyes Program|
|Italian||Thank you to Villa Leonardo Gambin|
|Korean||Thank you to the Rose of Sharon Korean LTC|
Audio/Visual versions of the Residents’ Bill of Rights
Audio/visual and audio only versions of the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007) are available and can be accessed here: