Washington, D.C. – National Nursing Home Week® (NNHW), which begins on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 11 and runs through Saturday, May 17, honors the residents and patients currently in skilled nursing and rehabilitation care centers across the nation with special activities and events.
Sponsored each year since 1967 by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), this year’s NNHW theme is “Living the Aloha Spirit.” In Hawaii, by “Living the Aloha Spirit,” a person shows love and respect to others and joyfully shares life to create a better world.
“Skilled nursing care centers strive daily to attain the ideal expressed in this year’s theme for all patients by focusing on person-centered care and continuous improvement,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA. “This special week is also about honoring the staff in skilled nursing care centers. These dedicated individuals often form meaningful, enduring relationships with residents and families that are beneficial to everyone.”
National Nursing Home Week can be a time to reflect on the many challenges that society faces in ensuring access to the quality services available in a skilled nursing care center. Some of the national issues that potentially threaten such access include: federal reductions in Medicare payments; limitations on therapy services, such as physical therapy; and government Medicaid payments that are $7.7 billion below the cost of providing care nationwide.
Most importantly, NNHW week is a great time to visit a loved one, friend, acquaintance, or veteran in a skilled nursing care center or other setting. This special attention will help someone catch that “Aloha Spirit.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 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.