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Family Resources and Decision Aids

General Resources


Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, Long-Term Care Homes

Family Councils Ontario

Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC)

Ontario Caregiver Organization


COVID-19 and Virtual Visit Resources 


Virtual Family Forums provides a forum for families to ask questions and get support (Family Councils Ontario)

Virtual Visits Toolkits supports families to set up Zoom and Skype calls with family members in long-term care (Family Councils Ontario)

Connecting Families Facebook Group (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario – English only)

Family Support and Action Line – available to LTC families, staff, residents, and the public to call to receive information or raise concerns during #COVID19. Call 1-866-434-0144; 8:30 AM-7 PM, 7 days a week (Ministry of Long-Term Care)

National Institute on Aging, Ryerson University, Long-Term Care Resources for Residents, Families, and Caregivers


Decision Aids


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. (2020). Should I or my family member go to live with family or stay in the long-term care or nursing home?

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). (2020). To Stay or to Go? Moving Family from Institutional Care to your Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Ontario)