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March 2017

Taking Minutes for Family Council Meetings: A Primer

Taking minutes is sometimes considered an onerous task and many Family Council members are reluctant to be the minute taker. Preparing meeting minutes doesn’t have to be complicated and we have compiled a few tips and ideas to help.

Why are minutes important?

Minutes serve as a record of what happened at the meeting. For those who cannot attend the meeting, minutes serve to help to quickly understand the essence of the meeting. The minutes also are a reminder to all Council members of any tasks assigned to them or timelines that need to be considered.

Understanding Partnerships

In order to be truly effective and successful, it’s necessary for Family Councils to form solid partnerships within the Council and between the Council and Long-Term Care (LTC) Home staff. In order to do this, we first need an understanding of what a partnership is and its characteristics.

Women & Caregiving

In honour of International Women’s Day 2017, we’re going to step away from our usual blog content and provide a few facts on women, caregiving, and Long-Term Care. On this occasion, consider discussing and reflecting on these facts and figures within your Council.

Common Sources of Family Council Conflict

While conflict is a normal part of life, it is usually unpleasant to experience. And while Family Councils are a unique type of group, they are not immune to intragroup conflict. Some conflicts are because of behaviours, while others are due to disagreements about how the Council should operate or the nature of its work. This week, we’ll explore some of the common source of intra-Council conflict and simple ways to resolve the issues.