National Assisted Living Week Celebrates “Family is Forever”
National observance kicks off on National Grandparents Day, recognizes deep connections between staff, residents
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Washington, D.C. – Beginning today and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 16, America’s assisted living communities are celebrating National Assisted Living Week® (NALW). The national observance—which begins each year on National Grandparents Day—honors the individuals served, as well as the individuals who serve, in assisted living and residential care communities across the nation with special activities and events.
Created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, NALW this year pays tribute to the close relationships staff and residents form through the theme “Family is Forever.” The theme was inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”
“Assisted living is so much more than long term care; it’s a family. Many companies are family owned and operated, many residents are actual family members of staff, and caregivers often come to think of residents as part of their extended family,” said Scott Tittle, Executive Director of NCAL. “We’re honored to recognize the ties that bind us during this National Assisted Living Week.”
The annual observance inspires assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public. Members of the public are encouraged to visit an assisted living community to volunteer or learn more about this distinct aspect of long term care.
Assisted living caregivers and members of the public are asked to share their celebrations throughout the week on social media with the hashtag, #NALW. For more information on National Assisted Living Week, please visit www.nalw.org.
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.