Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Recognizing nursing homes, celebrating people

Staff dressed up as clowns during “Clowning Around Day”
at TLC Nursing Center of Oneonta, Alabama.
This Sunday kicked off National Nursing Home Week®, a time to honor the residents and staff in our nation’s nursing homes and those that make a positive difference in their lives. Centered on the theme “Fulfilling the Promise,” nursing homes around the country are celebrating with parties, friendly competitions, and community events.

Residents of the Crandall Medical Center in Sebring, Ohio are celebrating with “Around the World in 5 Days.” Based on the longer Jules Verne novel, this cruise of exotic locations will include food, music, and entertainment from each “destination.” Residents are making stops in the South Pacific, African, Italy, China and Mexico.

But National Nursing Home Week isn’t just for residents. Take Hereford Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hereford, Texas. They’re inviting the public to satisfy their sweet tooth by helping bake cookies for staff and residents or stopping by on Friday for donuts and coffee. A local high school group has already agreed to chip in and help strengthen the bond between generations.

As residents, staff, volunteers, families and friends celebrate this special week, it’s also a great time to remind ourselves about the important role that nursing homes play in the larger health care delivery system. Governor Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL recently shared his thoughts on “Fulfilling the Promise” to America’s seniors.

AHCA invites you to visit your local nursing home this week and find out how you can join in the fun. Check out the National Nursing Home Week Facebook fan page to see what others are doing or visit the National Nursing Home Week website.

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