It’s that time again: on September 8th, seniors, community members, volunteers, employees and families across the country will celebrate National Assisted Living Week 2013. A theme of Homemade Happiness provides the focal point for the week’s events and activities, one that emphasizes the “connection that occurs in communities between the staff, residents, and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes,” according to the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).
Assisted living communities are encouraged to participate from September 8th through 14th, and a guide full of programming ideas and inspiration is available on the NCAL website, along with a media kit for press releases, letters to the editor/media, downloadable logos, and proclamations. Communities can purchase t-shirts and other promotional products via the planning guide.
Established by NCAL in 1995 with the purpose of bringing those in AL communities together with those in the surrounding community, NALW also offers those considering a transition to this care setting — or for individuals considering employment or volunteer work here — to get a sense of how assisted living operates, highlighting the possibilities for positive social interaction and engagement.
Given the buzz generated by a recently aired PBS program (which painted assisted living in a very negative light), there’s no better time to celebrate the good that can happen within and outside an AL community’s walls.
Read about previous National Assisted Living Week celebrations here on the blog.