Trinity Regional Rehabilitation hosted a successful district-wide resident council meeting on April 17 in coordination with the Ombudsman Program. Approximately 20 residents representing 9 facilities benefited from a guest presentation about individualized care plans, approved bylaws, voted on a new council secretary, approved sharing minutes with legislators, chose host facilities for the year, and enjoyed raffle gifts.
Residents discussed their needs for more affordable transportation to events, more responsive staff, and more lifts that certain residents may need to use.
Residents discussed suggestions for successful facility activities. These included:
q Learn sign language or foreign language to communicate with residents who do not speak English or who have lost the ability to speak.
q Culture days - Residents and staff share personal photos, foods, experiences, and stories from other countries. Residents can be guest speakers on their experiences living/traveling in other countries to residents, staff, local visiting children, etc.
q Participating with Volunteer GrandKids program or other school groups with the opportunity for the residents to give to the community and to teach children how to interact with adults and share experiences.
q Community charity drives
o Save soda cans for Cancer Society of All Children’s Hospital.
o “Lazy Dog Days” with dogs coming to visit from local groups with food and raffle profits benefiting the Humane Society.
Residents from the facilities look forward to the next district-wide resident council meeting.