AHCA/NCAL Honors America’s Long Term Care Professionals During Careers in Aging Week Many Staff Going Above and Beyond in Unprecedented Time Released:April 19, 2020 (202) 898-3165 AHCAPressOffice@ahca.org Page ContentWashington, D.C. —The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has partnered with the Gerontological Society of America, LeadingAge, and Argentum to celebrate Careers in Aging Week, which kicks off today. AHCA/NCAL is taking this week to highlight the honorable work being done in the long term care (LTC) profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There has never been a time like this,” said AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson. “Millions of people living in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities depend on our providers every day for vital care. There are so many amazing stories of dedication, sacrifice, and compassion by long term care professionals who are going above and beyond to ensure the safety, health, and happiness of our residents during this unprecedented time. These individuals are saving lives; they are heroes.” AHCA/NCAL will celebrate caregivers all week through its social media outlets, including Twitter and Facebook. Examples include:An assisted living facility in Brownsburg, Indiana said its top priority is making sure residents are engaged with their families and the outside community. “We absolutely adore witnessing these residents light up seeing their loved ones,” a caregiver said.Cornerstone Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Mississippi shared a video that demonstrates they aren’t “just surviving, but thriving” as they dance to the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive” while educating viewers about safe hygiene and social distancing practices.Visit www.CareNotCOVID.com to read more of these amazing stories of care. Visitors to the site can also learn how to leave messages of support for residents on social media. Careers in Aging Week, an annual celebration, is also a time dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging and rewarding career opportunities in LTC for the next generation. The AHCA/NCAL Workforce Resource Center offers a variety of resources, including those for LTC organizations on recruiting and retaining staff, resources for individual LTC professionals at multiple staff levels to develop skills and advance careers, and the LTC Career Center, which includes featured job openings in the profession. In addition, learn about current LTC professionals in the #WhyICare campaign and tell AHCA/NCAL why you care! Contribute to the conversation on social media throughout this week using #CareersInAging, and tell us how you’re celebrating. And don’t forget to follow AHCA/NCAL on Twitter and Facebook to find resources, stories, and more.ABOUT AHCA/NCALThe American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 14,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development 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.