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Council Meetings

Family Council

We hope you will take the opportunity to meet with other family members at Family Council events. Even though Hartley Hall offers continued support to family members of our residents, there are times when only someone who has shared the experience of placing a loved one in a nursing home can fully understand and empathize.

A counselor at a family council

there are times when only someone who has shared the experience of placing a loved one in a nursing home can fully understand and empathize

In the spirit of wanting to develop a community of mutual support, while learning more about the services their loved ones receives, Family Council is available to all adult family members. Meetings have been held quarterly, alternating day and evening meeting times. Meetings have addressed topics selected by the group, including Resident Rights, Food and Nutrition, Activities and End of Life Issues, to name a few. Announcements are mailed to each resident’s contact person.

Public files regarding family Council activities are available for review by residents and family members at their request.

We would like you also to be aware that our area Ombudsman, who is the advocate for resident rights, is available at

Cheryl Senkbeil MAC, Inc.
Postal 909 Progress Circle Salisbury, MD 21804
(410)-742-0505

Hartley Hall's social worker is also available to assist with Family Council throughout the week. Call (410) 957-2252.

Resident Council

The purpose of the council is a united effort on the residents' part to see that the lives of all residents in the nursing home are as full as they can possibly be...

A Resident Council, is just as its name suggests. It is an organized meeting of the interested residents each month. The purpose of the council is a united effort on the residents' part to see that the lives of all residents in the nursing home are as full as they can possibly be, that their wants and needs are heard and respected, and that their problems and suggestions are addressed by the proper departments in the nursing home, to see to it that their voices are heard, and to have some control of their lives in a controlled environment. The purposes and functions of the resident council are outlined below.

The council will meet regularly once a month. Emergency meetings may be called if the council officers feel it is necessary. Meeting date and time will be posed on the monthly activity calendar at the first of each month. An announcement bulletin and agenda will be given out the morning of the meeting, giving the time and area where the meeting is to be held. From among the residents, a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Chaplain will be elected each September. The responsibilities of each officer is listed below.

President

To call the meeting to order and address the resident council on the items to be discussed or dealt with at the meeting. Assist in having the agenda made up and to see that it is passed out prior to the meetings.

Vice-President

To take over the duties of the President in the event he or she is unable to attend any meetings or unable to fulfill the Presidential duties for complete year.

Secretary

To take notes for the meeting minutes and if able to write the notes. In the event he or she is unable to take or transcribe the notes he or she will approve those written up by the Activity Director or Social Worker appointed to fulfill this duty.

Chaplain

To lead the meeting in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance and to fulfill this duty at other group functions.

The Activity Director and Social Worker will be in attendance at the meetings to aid the President in the running of the meeting. These meetings will be private and uninterrupted. The only times other staff members will be in attendance is if the council members invite them to address the council on a specific topic or at a staff member's request to address the council with their permission.

The meetings are confidential. No names are mentioned in the minutes. If the resident requests his or her name be withheld from their suggestion, comment or grievances.