We first learned about these wonderful opportunities for families to work together when Mom had to enter a nursing home. Before that, when Dad was a nursing home resident, we knew nothing about them.
A family council is a group of families and friends that work to make life in a facility better for the residents. They have a voice in decision making by speaking in one united voice. Together, they are stronger than any one person. The more people work together, the stronger the voice.
A family council is at its best when it works as a partner with the nursing home staff. While this may not always be possible, it should certainly be the goal. When councils and staff work together, they get much more done than those that act like opposing teams.