Music Strengthens Bond Between Assisted Living Residents, Caregivers During National Observance
Washington, D.C. – National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) begins today, Sept. 7, and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 13. The annual, national observance honors the residents in assisted living and residential care communities across the nation with special activities and events.
Sponsored each year since 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), this year’s NALW theme is “The Magic of Music.” Music plays a central role in the lives of assisted living residents, as it can provide joy, comfort and some cases, memories long ago experienced. With nearly 40 percent of assisted living residents living with some form of dementia, playing music for these individuals can have a profound impact on their quality of life. Music can also stimulate powerful connections between residents, families, assisted living staff and volunteers.
“Assisted living communities pride themselves on providing person-centered care and respecting individual choice, dignity and autonomy,” said Patricia Giorgio, Chair of the NCAL Board of Directors. “National Assisted Living Week allows us to recognize this growing long term care setting, while also honoring the unique individuals and dedicated caregivers in our assisted living communities.”
Members of the public are encouraged to visit a loved one, friend, acquaintance, or veteran in an assisted living or residential care community during the week.
Assisted Living Facts and Figures
Currently, more than 713,000 Americans live in more than 22,000 assisted living or residential care communities across the United States.
More than 50 percent of assisted living residents are 85 or older.
Assisted living services include assistance with activities of daily living, (e.g., dressing, bathing), medication management and other health-related services.
Nearly 90 percent of assisted living communities offer help with arranging Hospice services.
About one in five assisted living residents relies on Medicaid for their daily care.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,700 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.