The Action for Reform of Residential Care (ARRCBC) Association is dedicated to promoting quality of life in long term care facilities in British Columbia through education and advocacy. The association is made of up clinicians, researchers, family members and other citizens concerned with the care provided in long-term care facilities.
Our goal is a long term care system where residents are supported to live their lives as fully and joyfully as possible.
- We believe that quality of life is important all across the lifespan
- We believe that quality of life requires quality of care and both are non-negotiable
- We believe that quality of care is closely linked to quality working conditions for care providers
- We believe that that care is a relationship between those receiving and providing care and meaningful and sustainable relationships between seniors and care providers are imperative to quality of life
- We believe that LTC facilities must support seniors’ health and well-being/mental health, enable them to stay as active as possible and to participate in meaningful activities and relationships
- We believe the institutional model is dehumanizing and must be replaced by a person centred model of relational care
ARRCBC Chair: Dr. Penny MacCourt
Dr. Penny MacCourt has a social work background and has worked with older adults in the community, long term care and acute care settings for many years as a clinical social worker. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from University of Manitoba and a PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) from University of Victoria. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies have focused on aging, mental health and service delivery. She is a founding member of the BC Psychogeriatric Association and was appointed to the Seniors Advisory Committee to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is past Chair of the Social Policy and Practice Division of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contribution to Canada for her work with caregivers. Through practice, research, policy and advocacy, and in collaboration with others, her goal is to facilitate social environments (relationships, policy, services) that support seniors’ well being/mental health.