Resident and Family Councils

Ombudsmen work with residents and families to develop, implement and support independent Resident and Family councils.  The Older Americans Act mandates that the long term care ombudsman provide training to long term care providers on resident rights and to assist Resident and Family Councils with their development.

The Councils' structure provides a safe and open mechanism that allows persons to raise concerns about care that may have an impact on others, and to advance positive changes in the nursing home environment. No one person or family is identified as the source of the concern, minimizing the fear of retaliation.​​​ Resident and Family Councils also promote an opportunity to explore the mutual goals of the provider and the persons who live in the long ​term care setting, authentically representing resident-centered and resident-directed care and services.