Family Councils

A family council is an independent (self-led and self-determining) group of families and friends of nursing home residents. Together, family council members work to protect and improve the quality of life of residents. They give families a voice in decisions the nursing home makes about the people they love.

You can think of a family council like the Parents' Association in your child's school. Concerned family members become involved to ensure that their loved one's needs are met. A united voice can accomplish what one voice cannot. Shared ideas can spark systemic change. There is strength in working together.

Every family council will have different goals, objectives, and activities. All work to increase support, education, communication, and action. Read more.

Information About Family Councils

Why are Family Councils Important?
Benefits of a Family Council
What Do Family Councils Do?
The Rights of Family Councils
How to Start a Family Council
Why Smart Nursing Homes Want Family Councils
Tips to Nursing Home Staff for Starting a Family Council
Where Can I Find A Family Council?

Resources For Family Councils