Family Councils Ontario encourages Councils in a community or region to gather together, giving members an opportunity to meet other Family Councils and:
- Share experiences
- Explore areas of common concern
- Learn about topics of common interest
- Create community partnerships
Each meeting usually has a guest speaker and/or presenter who addresses a topic of interest identified by the Family Councils in the area. To name but a few of the interesting themes that have been covered in the past year, meeting topics have included:
- presentations by The Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety
- a workshop on ways of making the most of your visit with your relative,
- information concerning wound care and,
- a presentation on what to think about if you are buying a mobility device for your family member
Participants tell us that that these meetings are very important. They leave the meeting with new ideas, feeling inspired and enthusiastic about their Family Council, and with new understandings of various issues and changes that are affecting Long Term Care. While sitting with other Family Councils you can compare experiences and think about strategies that can help you in your Home.
Some Family Council members have taken leadership in their communities or their Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) by organizing networking meetings on an ongoing basis. These meetings can create a regional network of Family Councils that work together to promote Family Councils in their region. Some Family Councils invite Councils from Long Term Care Homes in their town or City creating a local, community based support network or ‘cluster’ of Councils. To connect with or find out more about a Family Council Network or Cluster group in your area access the database of Family Councils and Family Council Groups.
Please check out the updates and events page on this website to find out if there is an upcoming gathering of Family Councils in your area.
To find out what region you are in use the LHIN locator at the following link: http://www.lhins.on.ca/
How about having your Family Council host a meeting?
If you think this is an activity you want to explore please email us at info@FCO.ngo