Idlewyld Manor is committed to continuous improvement of the quality of our services and programs. We believe it is vital to hear the residents’ opinions and to involve them in the planning and evaluation of changes and improvements to our home. Residents and their families have several avenues for participation.

Resident Council

Idlewyld Manor has an established and active Resident’s Council. Residents are encouraged to participate in Council activities. Other individuals from the community may attend meetings by invitation of the Resident Council. Idlewyld provides a comfortable meeting room and seating for all Resident Council meetings.

The purpose of the Council is to promote good relations and fellowship among the residents of the Manor, to cooperate in arranging programs, and to provide liaison between the Council and the Leadership of the Manor.

Residents will, using minutes posted on the Resident Home Area information bulletin board, be informed of the results of Resident Council monthly meetings along with feedback where requested, from the Administrator or designate.

Resident speaking at resident council meeting

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Our Family Council provides an opportunity for families and friends of residents to be involved in the care of their loved ones at Idlewyld Manor. Our main purpose is to be a partner in helping to improve the quality of life of residents and to give their families a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones.

Our Family Council Provides:

  • Support for families
  • Learning and information
  • Discussion and action on concerns
  • Communication with the Home leadership, and families and friends of loved ones
  • Support for special activities and events for residents

For more information, please contact a member of the Family Council Executive.  Names and contact information for the Chair Person and the Secretary can be found on the Family Council bulletin board located across from the cafe, near the lobby.

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Communicating

Mentoring & Supporting

Learning

Caring

Communication is Key

A Family Council can make a difference in the quality of life of every resident. We are advocates for quality care, a safe home environment, and the general well-being of residents. We act as a sounding board for new ideas and support partnership in resident care.

One-on-One Mentoring

Our main purpose is to be a partner in helping to improve the quality of life of residents and to give their families a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones.

If you need someone to talk to, one of our experienced family council members will sit down with you, one-to-one and talk things through. You are not alone. We will be pleased to share our experiences with you and help guide you if you need to access personnel, services or research that might be of help.

Families Helping Families

Our Family Council provides an opportunity for families and friends of residents to be involved in the care of their loved ones at Idlewyld Manor. Our main purpose is to be a partner in helping to improve the quality of life of residents and to give their families a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones.

  • Support for families
  • Learning and information
  • Discussion and action on concerns
  • Communication with the Home leadership, and families and friends of loved ones
  • Support for special activities and events for residents

For more information, please contact a member of the Family Council.  A list of the Council Members is found on the Family Council bulletin board located across from the cafe, near the lobby or e-mail

Be Involved

Our Family Council provides an opportunity for families and friends of residents to be involved in the care of their loved ones.

What has Family Council Achieved?

  • Support for all residents and families
  • Advocacy for new initiatives
  • Annual Bake Sales to raise funds for much needed items
  • Upkeep and fundraising for beautiful gardens within and surrounding the home

Family Council Meeting Minutes

Idlewyld Manor Family Council Meeting

APPROVED MINUTES
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Via Zoom

PRESENT: Cindy Allen, Barb Vacon, Ann Bennett, Bruce Hamilton, Clarke Miller,
Debbie Delaney, Elaine Armstrong, John Bouman, Karen Vandermeulen, Kathleen
Sharkey, Laura Boute, Margaret Figliola, Marion Stoneman, Mary Newman, Nan
Uzbalis, Rose Linton, Vinzi Calder

1. CALL TO ORDER: 6:30 pm

2. GUEST SPEAKERS: There were no guest speakers. Cindy shared the following
updates from the management team.
 A quote for replacing the fish tank has been received. The fish tank will be
ordered. Resident Council offered to pay for the fish tank. At their request, it
will be placed in the front window.
 The blanket warmer has been ordered. It was suggested it might be located
in the hairdresser’s room on the 2 nd floor or in Gateside’s utility room.
 Two chairs and one coffee table have been ordered for the family dining
room. Management requested a date that would be convenient for a ribbon
cutting ceremony
 Residents and family members are asked to complete the 2024
Resident/Family survey no later than February 2, 2024.

3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA:
Motion moved by: Mary
Seconded by: Bruce
Motion carried

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion moved by: Ann
Seconded by: Karen
Motion carried

5. CHAIR’S REMARKS:
5.1 Bakes sales – Winterfest and November: $2000.00 was raised at each sale
5.2 Entertainment Update (Mary): Mike Stoneman has been hired to perform on
February 10, 2024. Family Council funded the cost of $175.00
5.3 Family Dining Room update: as above
5.4 Food drive update (Margaret): It was reported Margaret and Ann delivered all
items collected to Neighbour-to-Neighbour Centre
5.5 Guest Speaker for March: Renee Guder, Chief of Organizational Development
5.6 Resident Casino Day: will be held on Wednesday, February 28. Recreation
hopes to provide a small prize to each resident in attendance. Ann made a motion,
seconded by Rose that Family Council purchase prizes up to a total amount of
$100.00. Motion carried.

6. ONGOING BUSINESS:
6.1 Staff Christmas gift updates: Barb reported 70% of the key chains were
delivered and well received by all staff. She is working with Prosha to ensure the
remainder are given to those who were not working during the holidays.
6.2 Financial and budget request updates will be provided at the Tuesday, April 9
meeting by Angela Mauro from Thrive.
6.3 Terms of Reference were reviewed and changes were suggested. Proposed
updates can be found in the attached/updated Terms of Reference with some items
still open for discussion.

7. NEW BUSINESS:
7.1 Ann presented the 2023 Family Council Treasury Report. Members were
advised the bank account is at First Ontario Credit Union located at Upper James &
Rymal Road. Cindy, Ann, Margaret and Mary currently have signing authority. A
motion was moved by John and seconded by Rose to approve the annual report.
Motion carried.

8. REPORTS:
8.1 Treasurer’s Report: Was reviewed during the meeting.

9. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm

Next meeting:

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – 6:30 pm

Place: Via Zoom

Contact Family Council

At Family Council meetings we help each other, through staff representatives, to understand the long-term care, the roles, and responsibilities of staff members, and the day to day challenges at our Home. If you would like more information or would like to speak with one of our Family Council Representatives, please fill out the following form.

Your Family Council hosts “Take a Break” education sessions on long-term care, roles, and responsibilities of staff, and day-to-day challenges in our home.

  • Why should I attend a Council Meeting?
    • To meet leadership staff
    • To learn more about plans, projects, and programs
    • To give feedback and share concerns
    • To ask questions and get answers
    • To support others and to be supported
  • Code of conduct – Family Council will:
    • Respect all opinions and voices
    • Uphold the goals of tolerance and understanding
    • Listen respectfully and allow all voices to be heard
    • Keep in mind the goals of our Family Council at all times