Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities Are Invited to Get Creative in the 2021 Resident’s Voice Challenge

Creative writing and artistic expression are meaningful and compelling ways to highlight the importance of residents’ rights and how these rights can be carried out in all long-term care settings.

Residents of long-term care facilities are invited to get creative by participating in this year’s Resident’s Voice Challenge. The Resident’s Voice Challenge is an opportunity for long-term care consumers to respond to and reflect on this year’s Residents’ Rights Month theme – Reclaiming My Rights, My Home, My Life.

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How to Participate: Artwork Contest

This year’s theme emphasizes that the long-term care facility is the residents’ home. As part of the Resident’s Voice Challenge, we will be selecting original resident artwork to be featured on door hangers. These door hangers will serve as a reminder for anyone who visits that this is a home.

  • Residents are invited to create a piece of art that reflects what home means to them or how they make their space feel like home.
  • We will select one or more pieces of resident artwork to be featured on the Consumer Voice website and on door hangers available in the Consumer Voice online store.
  • Residents will be notified if their artwork has been selected. Residents whose artwork is selected will receive complimentary door hangers.

Alternatively, residents can respond to the Resident’s Voice Challenge in writing, audio, or via video by answering one or more of the following questions:

  • What did you miss most during the pandemic? What is your life like now as a long-term care resident?
  • What are you looking forward to most in the next year (doing an activity, seeing a loved one, etc.)?
  • What does home mean to you? How do you make where you live feel like home?
  • What can your facility staff do to help make your residence a home?

Possible entries include: Video or audio recordings, poems, essays, word collages, songs, artwork or drawings, or photos. Get creative!

Each participant featured in a photo or video must fill out a release form.

Find out how to submit entries.
Read full Resident’s Challenge guidelines here.

 Entries are due September 1, 2021.