Each year, member organizations like ALFA (the Assisted Living Federation of America) and NCAL (the National Center for Assisted Living) take nominations from participating communities to determine the best of the best.
NCAL recently announced the award winners for 2012, in the following categories: administrator of the year, assisted living nurse of the year, noble caregiver in assisted living, and National Assisted Living Week programming. (Review the list of recipients here.)
Excellence in assisted living, or any other type of senior care setting, is definitely something worth celebrating. From the activities coordinators to the maintenance directors (in fact, this year’s noble caregiver award went to a maintenance/environmental services director from Hawthorne, NJ), to the front desk staff, dining room servers and direct care providers: all of these individuals play an important role in caring for the residents who live in these communities — as well as their family members.
Though recognition from a national organization is honorable, there are plenty of senior living employees who are making a difference and providing compassionate care every day.
If you have a loved one or friend in assisted living, why not say thanks to a special staff member the next time you visit?