In 2010 the Retirement Home Regulation Act (RHRA) launched a totally new concept – documented care plans for Residents of retirement communities.
This is not to say that care planning was not being performed within retirement homes – far from it. However, variances in care practice, within multi-site organizations, and certainly among independent organizations were likely common occurrences. So the RHRA 2010 focused on defining, standardizing and improving the level of care.
With this aim in mind, the benefits would be two-fold: an improvement for the standard of care within retirement communities and a venue for Residents to participate in decision-making for their own care. A win-win for both.