Resources for Your Family Council

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.


Family Council How to Guide

This easy-to-read document includes the basics; how to organize your council, recruit members and take action; and a list of community resources with contact information.


Sample Family Council Poster

A poster is a colorful way to promote family councils, and remind family members about upcoming meetings.


Family Council Brochure

Use this brochure to educate staff, residents, and family members about family councils at your loved one's facility.



We have buttons!  Wear the button when you are visiting the nursing home to help other people learn about the family council.

We have a limited number of buttons we are giving away to family councils or people who want to start family councils.  You just have to promise to wear your button.




Model By-Laws

Council Action

Membership Form


Staff Invitation

Steps to an Effective Family Council

Illinois Staff Roles



Agenda Sample

Council Action Sample

Membership Form Sample

Minutes Sample

Staff Invitation Sample