Are you a retirement home resident looking to get involved? The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) invites seniors living in retirement homes to join RHRA’s collaborative Resident Network. Members of the Resident Network will have the opportunity to work directly with the RHRA to provide insight and counsel that is unique to residents and their families. The Resident Network is a forum to exchange ideas with residents across the province and help RHRA protect and ensure the safety and well-being of seniors living in Ontario’s retirement homes. It is also an opportunity to stay connected with other residents and be engaged in meaningful work.
How does the Resident Network operate?
The Resident Network will meet throughout the year, at this time virtually. The Resident Network and its members will be supported by RHRA staff; however, the Resident Network is driven by resident participation. RHRA anticipates that the Resident Network will provide RHRA with feedback and input on several topics including:
- Physical and mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Identification of challenges for residents and their families
- Protections residents are entitled to under the Retirement Homes Act
- Providing accessible information about retirement homes to new and prospective residents and their families
- How certain programs, policies, and legislation may affect residents and their families
For residents who may not be able to meet in a group setting or online, you are still welcome to be part of the Resident Network!
RHRA encourages any resident to provide the RHRA with feedback or engage with us individually. Please sign up to receive the RHRA’s newsletter by contacting us at email@example.com.
How do I join the Network?
RHRA welcomes a diverse set of experiences and knowledge to ensure RHRA is close to the issues that matter to residents. Prior experience on other councils or boards is NOT required. If you are a resident of a licensed retirement home, you are welcome to join the Resident Network.
For more information about joining the Resident Network and/or to sign up for updates from RHRA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who is RHRA?
The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority is an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit regulator established in 2011. We hold retirement homes accountable to the law and regulation through inspections. Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of seniors living in Ontario’s licensed retirement homes.
What Does RHRA Do?
We put residents first by ensuring retirement homes follow the rules and by sharing unbiased, transparent safety information with seniors and their loved ones. We do this by:
- Inspecting homes to ensure they comply with the Retirement Homes Act, 2010
- Taking action when they do not
- Addressing reports of harm or risk of harm to residents
- Responding to resident and family complaints
Additional Information of Interest
Learn how you can nominate a resident of one of Ontario’s licensed retirement homes for this award.
Find information about how to start a residents’ council at your retirement home. RHRA’s guide includes details and sample resources to help you get started.