Association recognizes dedication to improving the lives of elderly, individuals with disabilities
Washington, DC – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced today the recipients for the 2014 AHCA/NCAL Awards program. Each year, AHCA/NCAL recognizes the men and women who give freely of themselves in caring for individuals in long term and post-acute care centers, ID/DD residences, as well as assisted living communities. This year’s award Honorees demonstrate a model of behavior that is selfless, compassionate, and enhances the lives of the elderly and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in their communities.
“This year’s award honorees demonstrate a model of behavior that is selfless, compassionate, and enhances the lives of the elderly and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in their communities,” Mark Parkinson, president & CEO said.
The 2014 AHCA/NCAL Awards recipients are:
• Hero of the Year -- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Alicia Durham, Eureka, CA, who works at Butler Valley Inc., Carole Sund Center.
• Not for Profit Program of the Year: St Benedicts Health Center and Benedict Court, Dickinson, ND
• Volunteer of the Year -- Adult: Ruth-Ann Harrod, Wesley, ME, who volunteers at Maine Veterans’ Home.
• Volunteer of the Year -- Group: Amory High School Health Class, Amory, MS, which volunteers at Golden Living Center, Amory.
• Volunteer of the Year -- Young Adult: Bailey Austin Combs, Amburgey, KY, who volunteers at Knott County Health & Rehabilitation Center.
The Hero of the Year award recognizes an individual who works or volunteers in an ICF/IID facility or HCBS Waiver Homes and has shown commitment and dedication to serving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
The Not for Profit Program of the Year award highlights a specific program that adds value to the care of individuals within that community.
The Volunteer of the Year program seeks to honor a young adult (under 19), an adult, and a group organization that have served in a volunteer capacity for more than one year and have made a positive contribution to a residents and staff of a care center.
Award recipients will be honored at the AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Convention near Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2014.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 12,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.