Each year, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) honors individuals who are dedicated to improving the quality of lives of residents and their surrounding communities. All AHCA member facilities are encouraged to apply, including skilled nursing facilities, short and long term care facilities, Not for Profit (NFP) long term care providers, intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) residential services providers (including intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs/IID), and other individuals who work in the long term care field, including direct care, education, researching, and resident advocacy.
AHCA’s award program aims to recognize those who demonstrate a dedication to improving the quality of lives of residents and their surrounding communities. Members may nominate eligible candidates in one of four categories:
AHCA Administrator of the Year Award
This award recognizes an administrator or executive director who demonstrates
outstanding innovation, achievement, and capabilities in their provision of high-quality, person-centered care in a service-oriented culture in a long term care facility.
AHCA Program of the Year Award
This award recognizes programs that bring together residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the community to celebrate residents and the services provided within a skilled nursing facility. Nominees will be evaluated on their activity plans and implementation resulting in outstanding special activities and community events for their residents, families, staff, and volunteers to enjoy.
AHCA Noble Caregiver Award
This award recognizes frontline caregivers, support and office staff from any department for their contributions that lead to improved quality of life for the residents and create a better work environment for the facility's staff. This includes, but is not limited to, direct care staff from nursing (also includes CNAs), therapists, support/office staff, housekeeping, dietary, activities/recreation, laundry, and maintenance departments.
AHCA Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognizes honorees for their volunteer commitment, significantly improving the daily life of the residents. AHCA will honor ONE volunteer from one of the following categories:
1. Adult: An individual, 20 years of age or older, who has volunteered in a member facility for at least one continuous year prior to being nominated for the award.
2. Young Adult: An individual, 13 to 19 years of age, who has volunteered in a member facility for at least one continuous year prior to being nominated for the award.
3. Group: A distinct organization that has provided group volunteer services or participated in a series of activities with a member facility’s residents for at least one continuous year prior to being nominated for the award. Examples of this category include, but are not limited to: Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotary Clubs, garden clubs, employee clubs, church groups, etc. People informally volunteering together do not constitute a group and do not qualify.
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
All nominations must be submitted electronically via Wufoo (links to each form are below). Faxed or handwritten nominations are not accepted. Honorees in each category will be recognized at AHCA/NCAL’s Annual Convention and Expo in October 2020. The deadline to submit is July 10, 2020.
We have a separate webpage for the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award, which recognizes an individual that has made significant national contributions to advancing quality performance in long-term and/or post-acute care, including either skilled nursing or assisted living settings.