Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Snap to It! Your Guide to Planning NALW is Here

Rachel Reeves

Start preparing for the biggest week of the year with the National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) Planning Guide and Product Catalog. This year’s planning guide contains creative activity ideas and spirited products to highlight this year’s theme, “Capture the Moment.” The theme reminds assisted living residents to seize the day while celebrating the past. And reminds staff to focus on the little, everyday interactions that deliver high quality care in America’s assisted living communities.

Some of the suggested activities include:
  • Creating a yearbook of the assisted living community’s residents and staff before NALW and then hold a signing party during 
  • Having a photo booth or backdrop available to take selfies 
  • Fulfilling a lifelong dream for a resident, perhaps by partnering with an organization like Second Wind Dreams (International Second Wind Dreams Day is September 13) 
  • Setting up an art activity to have residents draw or paint a key moment in their lives or a self-portrait and then have an art gallery event at the end of NALW 
  • “Captured in the Moment” awards for staff members who are caught by other staff going above and beyond the call of duty 
Share your own activity ideas on the NALW Facebook page.

The guide also links providers to this year’s NALW products, which can also be found in AHCA/NCAL’s online bookstore. Get in the spirit with t-shirts, balloons, posters and more. New to our NALW products this year – women’s t-shirts!

Beginning on Grandparents Day, Sept. 9 and running through Sept. 15, NALW will be celebrated in assisted living communities across the country. It’s an opportunity to thank staff members for their hard work and volunteers for their service. NALW is also a time to help the public better understand how assisted living communities play a crucial role in the larger long term care spectrum as well as the unique experiences and needs of residents.

Stay tuned for a forthcoming media toolkit to help assisted living providers promote NALW in their community.

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