The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) this week revealed “Family is Forever” as this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week®. The National celebration will take place Sept. 10-16, 2017.
The annual, national observance provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to celebrate the individuals served in assisted living and learn more about this sector of long-term care.
“Anyone who has spent valuable time in an assisted living community has seen how staff can come to think of their residents like family,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “It takes a special person to work in our profession, and often, caregivers form bonds that can never be broken. This National Assisted Living Week, we want to recognize these amazing individuals who give their heart and soul to their residents, as well as those seniors and individuals with disabilities who leave a lasting imprint on their caregivers.”
Established by NCAL in 1995, National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will be held Sept. 10-16, 2017. This year’s theme is inspired by a quote from the 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 communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events during NALW that celebrate these deep connections between staff and residents.
The “Family is Forever” logo is available for download to assisted living communities, stakeholders, and members of the public on the NALW website. In the coming months, NCAL will issue a planning guide and product catalog centered on ways to celebrate “Family is Forever.” Please visit www.NALW.org for updated information and resources.
Please let Jim Stoa, WHCA/WiCAL’s Director of Public Affairs know about how you plan to celebrate NALW in your building! Send us news stories and photos for publication in CareConnection, the following week.