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Illinois Family Council Project

Family members and direct-care staff members in nursing homes have a lot in common. Both are interested in ensuring that nursing home residents enjoy the best possible care and quality of life. In order to build on this natural connection, Consumer Voice has partnered with Illinois Citizens’ for Better Care (ICBC) to help family members of nursing home residents in Illinois to organize family councils. Family councils work together to improve the care of their loved ones by resolving common concerns with facility management, improving communication with direct care staff, advocating for improved staffing levels and opportunities, supporting each other, and sponsoring activities.

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Educational Materials

If you are interested in starting a family council or working to make a council more effective, please see below for tips, strategies, and sample materials for building effective, efficient, thriving family councils. 

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Illinois Family Council Coalition

  • Family members of IL nursing home residents are welcome. For more information, join the IL Family Council listserv at Illinois-Family-Councils@googlegroups.com.
  • Illinois Family Council conference calls for Family Council members
    How Family Councils Can Resolve Staffing Issues: January 18, 2007 - Notes from the Call
     Nursing Home Staff Roles: What They Are and What They Mean for Family Members: February 27, 2007 -Notes from the Call

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Share your successful advocacy strategies, progress, and positive legislation, announce upcoming events, and seek assistance from Family Councils working on similar issues in nursing homes across the state! Become part of the IL Family Council community – join ICBC’s family council listserv. To sign up or learn more, visit:http://groups.google.com/group/Illinois-Family-Councils

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As a method of sharing information about family council strategies, activities and state policy developments related to nursing homes, ICBC will be issuing periodic newsletters. Please contact ICBC if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

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More Information

For more information, contact 
Illinois Citizens for Better Care
220 South State Street, Suite 1928 
Chicago , IL 60604
email: icbc@core.com
tel. (312)663-5120 or (312)730-8370.

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