Acknowledgements for Legal Issues in Residential Care

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This e-manual was researched and written by Charmaine Spencer. A special thanks to Martha Jane Lewis for spearheading the idea of the book, providing legal supervision and ongoing support.

In developing this e-manual we have drawn on the knowledge and experience of key stakeholders in health care and law, government agencies, community groups, family councils and in some cases residents themselves. These people have allowed us to identify key issues, content, and resources.

This e-manual is based on an approach first used by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) in Toronto, Ontario where their manual became a practical information tool useful to many stakeholders. We would like to thank ACE for the initial idea of creating the e-book as well as their support. We have drawn on their quarter century experience in legally advocating on behalf of older adults in long term care settings.

The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support thanks all those individuals and organizations that generously gave their scarce time to participate in the review of the manual. Their comments and responses helped shape the final content. The special efforts given by lawyers Heather Campbell, Kevin Smith (BCCEAS), and Krista James (Canadian Centre for Elder Law) have been greatly appreciated.Thank you to Kim Carter and staff of the BC Ombudsperson Office, Community Legal Assistance Society (Mental Health Law Program), and Alison Leaney of the Public Guardian and Trustee Office.

We also benefited from the insights and support of advocacy staff at the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, Al Jina (Park Place Seniors Living), Kim Slater and the Vancouver Island Association of Family Councils, and Sherry Baker, BC Association of Community Response Networks.

This project was made possible with financial support of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. The BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support gratefully acknowledges the Foundation for its generous support of this work.


This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, August 2014.


In law, the re-examination of a term of an order or agreement, usually to determine whether the term remains fair and appropriate in light of the circumstances prevailing at the time of the review. In family law, particularly the review of an order or agreement provided for the payment of spousal support. See "de novo," "family law agreements," "order" and "spousal support."

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