WHAT IS A FAMILY COUNCIL?
A Family Council is a group of family members and friends of residents in a long-term care home that meet on a regular basis.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A FAMILY COUNCIL?
- The main purpose of most Family Councils is to improve the quality of life of residents and to give families a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones in the home.
- Specific objectives vary greatly from Council to Council depending upon the interests of Council members.
- Some examples include:
- Support for families
- Education and information
- Discussion and action on concerns
- Communication with the staff in the residents and Home
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FAMILY COUNCIL?
- Allows families to give each other the support and encouragement they need. Sharing with others who are having similar feelings can help family members cope. Provides ongoing mutual support – strength drawn from shared experiences.
- Provides a forum for education and information regarding resident’s rights and to become knowledgeable about the Home's operations, policies, rules and health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, affecting the residents.
- Council involvement helps provide family members with an opportunity to express their ideas and concerns and a way to work for positive change. A “united voice” to address issues as a “united effort”. A Family Council is a group in which the families can be the catalyst for positive actions to improve care.
- Family Council involvement can benefit residents who are physically or mentally unable to voice their concerns and needs as well as those without family.
- The Home also benefits through dealing directly with families and establishing meaningful lines of communication. Staff may be able to use the Family Council as a sounding board for new ideas.
- Residents benefit from council efforts to improve the quality of life in the Home.