Imagine an event that brings the long-term care (LTC) COMMUNITY of residents, rehab patients, families and care center staff together for a weeklong festival in 2015.
In fact, let’s plan on a weeklong bash in May, starting on Mother’s Day. Think of all the fun your LTC community can have, which is precisely why the American Health Care Association (AHCA) will designate National Nursing Home Week (NNHW), May 10 to 16, 2015, as “Bring on the Fiesta!” week.
We call on everyone to strut their stuff this week. Make it a special time of entertainment and education for all while focusing on bringing to life the subtheme of “Familia, Vida and Amor” (family, life, love). Show how your care center, as part of culture change, brings these vital attributes of quality care to the forefront, irrespective of anyone’s age or physical or intellectual ability.
Try to weave into your Fiesta! a celebration of cultures, and how people of various backgrounds put on a Fiesta.
We see this as an opportunity to entice in new guests, infrequent visitors and local VIPs to realize and appreciate the importance of a kind word, a personal touch and being connected to the resident.
Encourage visitors and younger volunteers to make time with loved ones a special event by putting aside the Smartphone along with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all other impersonal distractions in order to be part of the Fiesta! and Familia, Vida, Amor.
So, BRING ON THE FIESTA! for all to enjoy the chance to whoop it up, enjoying the crowds, the activities, the comradery and the feelings engendered by Family, Life, Love (Familia, Vida, Amor).
Tell everyone to step out of their fast lane and have some old fashioned FUN!