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Every Resident - Bill of Rights for people who live in Ontario long-term care homes

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27. Bringing people to meetings

"Every resident has the right to have any friend, family member, or other person of importance to the resident attend any meeting with the licensee [the management] or the staff of the home."

In other words...

You have the right to bring along people who are important to you when you have meetings with the staff of the home.

You have this right whether the meeting is an admission conference, a care conference, or any other meeting with staff.

You may choose to bring friends, family members, or people who advocate for you. A lawyer is an example of an advocate.

Having people to support you at meetings can be helpful for many reasons. For example, you may want someone to ask questions or take notes to help you remember all the details. Or, you may need to meet with the staff to talk about your plan of care or about complaints, but may not be comfortable doing this by yourself.