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Family council meeting to be held Feb. 7 at nursing home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Family members and friends of nursing home residents in Holyoke are urged to think about attending a family council introductory meeting Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Regent Park dining room.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the idea of family council meetings. The idea behind family council meetings is to bring interested relatives and friends of residents together to discuss ideas or concerns to make the environment and quality of life the best it can be for nursing home residents.

“Many voices are better than one,” Phillips County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Erin LeBlanc said.

Just as a resident council meets every month at Regent Park, the family council meetings would be held every month as well.

LeBlanc said these meetings aren’t gripe sessions or an attack against the nursing home. They are simply used as a time for friends and family to bounce ideas off one another.

Family councils strive to work in partnership with the nursing home administration and staff to solve problems and ensure residents receive the best possible care.

LeBlanc noted many nursing homes in northeast Colorado utilize family council meetings.

Family councils allow families to give each other the support, encouragement and information they need. Family members or relatives help lead the meetings. LeBlanc said the idea is for people to speak freely about ideas or issues.

“We strive every day for excellence and to enhance quality of life all around,” Regent Park Director of Nursing Julie Kotch said. She also noted every organization has room for improvement and the family council meetings can help with that.

For questions, contact Le- Blanc at 854-2949.