Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Twist on National Nursing Home Week

The roots of National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) grew in an age with a singular focus to honor the seniors and other residents served by the long term and post-acute care community. For 2013, AHCA continues this tradition and overarches it with an inclusive message that residents and families can play a vital role in care planning and its daily implementation.

That sentiment is spotlighted by our 2013 theme of “Team Care: Everyone Pitches In!”

Throughout the week of May 12–18, 2013, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the nation will celebrate NNHW with open houses, tours welcoming VIPs and the community’s “friends of long term and post-acute care,” and special events for the residents, families, staff and others. (Reminder: The kick-off day for NNHW is Mother’s Day!)

Team Care itself is meant to personify the many professionals and caregivers whose dedication and work ethic contributes to achieving care excellence and high levels of satisfaction. Families and the public may not realize the breadth of expertise Team Care brings to the bedside and throughout a resident’s day. Our “customers” may also not realize that they too can be active members of Team Care; to fully initialize a person-centered protocol their input is important.

Team Care should be on display at your facility by using special themed products that are available from the AHCA Bookstore. Order soon as quantities are limited. More information is available at the dedicated web site and on Facebook.

Let’s show the world class spirit of care communities across the nation this NNHW by reaching out to all friends of quality health care. We are all more effective with Team Care spirit humming along at full throttle as Everyone Pitches In!

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