Other things may change, but we start and end with family
Simcoe Manor Family Council is always welcoming new members
Next meeting: March 3rd at 3:00pm
Meeting Schedule: First Wednesday of each month at 3:00-4:30pm. Microsoft TEAMS meeting invitation will be sent to those families interested in attending.
Co-Chair: Susan Calder; Staff Liaison Rosa Athanassoulis
For more information: Rosa.Athanassoulis@simcoe.ca or (905) 729-2267 Ext. 5080, Email: Simcoemanorfamilycouncil@gmail.com
What is Family Council?
The creation of Family Councils in long-term care homes across Ontario is the result of an initiative by the Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in 1988. The increasing number of residents with some form of dementia, who are unable to participate meaningfully in Resident Councils and speak for themselves, underscore this need to develop autonomous Family Councils.
Who can be a member?
If you are a friend or relative of a resident of Simcoe Manor, you are welcome to join the Family Council as a Member. We also encourage relatives and friends of a deceased resident to continue their active membership, and to provide the benefit of their knowledge and experience.
I am not a member of Family Council, may I still attend a meeting?
Of course! All family and friends of Simcoe Manor residents may attend meetings at any time. Please feel free to join us, even if you can only stay a short while.
When and where do we meet?
Virtual Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month with the exception of July, August, and December, or unless an additional meeting is required. Meetings commence at 3 p.m., via Microsoft TEAMS (invite emailed prior to meeting). Meetings typically last 1.5 hours. Notice will be posted on the Family Council Bulletin website www.simcoe.ca
What does Family Council do?
By promoting an atmosphere of caring and support among Simcoe Manor staff, friends, and family, we believe we can achieve our goals.
- Educate and inform families;
- Problem solve by sharing ideas;
- Maintain two-way communication between family and Simcoe Manor staff;
- Advocate for residents and their families; and
- Provide support for friend and family, including new Simcoe Manor residents.
How do we assist new families?
Family Council will request your permission to have our Welcome Committee contact you shortly after your loved one has been admitted. They will provide you with tips on settling them in, tell you about community partners (e.g. Alzheimer’s Society, physiotherapy services, etc.) and direct you to helpful information such as newsletters and activity calendars.
How family members stay informed
- The Family Council Bulletin Board is located in the main hallway leading from the administration offices towards the elevator;
- The minutes of monthly meetings will be posted on the bulletin board once approved, with additional printed copies for pick-up;
- The agenda for the next meeting will also be posted a few days before the meeting; and,
- A Family Council photo with names will also be posted to allow family members to recognize council members.
How can you help?
- Assist with fundraising initiatives;
- Recruit for new members;
- Take on a leadership role within Family Council; and,
- Receive monthly emails on how you can be involved within the home.
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