Meet the people working behind the scenes of Carveth Care Centre: the Family Council


Making the world a better place is important to Molly Sorensen.

President of Carveth Care Centre Family Council, Molly is passionate about easing the transition to long-term care (LTC) for residents and families.

“Taking care of residents in a LTC home is a challenging job,” says the retired school teacher. “I have great admiration for the staff who come to their job with patience & grace and do their best to create a safe, caring and comfortable environment for residents.”

A regular visitor to the accredited retirement lodge and LTC home, Molly has been volunteering at Carveth Care Centre in Gananoque for a number of years.  

“I value getting to know people who are facing the same challenges around care of loved ones as I am,” says the friendly woman when asked what she likes about Family Council.

“I have learned so much from interacting with other family members. While we are a concerned group who sometimes deal with serious matters affecting the wellbeing of the residents at Carveth, we have many moments of humour and laughter at our meetings.”

Held once a month for nine months of the year, Family Council meetings are open to family members and people with special connections to residents at Carveth Care Centre. The council is composed entirely of volunteers who promote and improve the health, welfare and happiness of residents.

Poised to celebrate Family Council Week June 2-8, council works with the home to maintain and improve the residents quality of life by focusing on collective, rather than individual, needs. It also connects families to families and serves as a source of information by inviting guest speakers to council meetings.

According to Brett Gibson, Owner and Operator, “Family Council is an important part of Carveth Care Centre. The volunteers are committed to the health and wellness of our residents and families. It is a pleasure to hear their ideas and feedback.”

Accomplishments by Family Council over the last three years include:

  • A document to help residents and families feel more comfortable with LTC;
  • Input to have extra staff assist with lunch;
  • New dining tables which adjust for height; and
  • The creation of information cards to attach to Welcome Bears that Family Council distributes to new residents.

Molly is pleased with the council’s work and its relationship with the home.

“I also appreciate the staff who work with us to celebrate successes and try to find ways to solve problems,” she says kindly.

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the good work of Family Council. To learn more about this important group (or to join), please contact the Activation Department at 613-382-4752 ext. 107. 

This story was originally published by Carveth Care Centre. Reposted with permission.