Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy National Assisted Living Week!

The week of September 13-19 will celebrate America’s Assisted Living communities with the theme “Nourishing Life: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” 

This theme emphasizes that in Assisted Living, the aim is to nourish the entire person, not just the body.  The philosophy of assisted living care encompasses mind, body, and spirit in order to maximize each person’s quality of life.  This goal is accomplished through spiritual care, creative outlets, enjoyable events both within and outside the community, involvement in meaningful, enriching activities, and relationships with residents, friends, family, and staff. 

Additionally, assisted living staff members find their lives enriched by interactions with residents and families.  Their lives are nourished by caring for residents, seeing them flourish, developing friendships, and putting smiles on their faces. 

Some communities will profile some of their residents who will share inspiring life stories.  Many residents have made remarkable contributions to their families, communities, and nation.  They deserve to be honored and appreciated.  Likewise, staff members often provide care and support in difficult situations; they also deserve honor and support. 

Thank you to Assisted Living staff members across the country for your dedicated service.  Thank you to Assisted Living residents for allowing us the privilege of knowing you and sharing in your lives.  Enjoy this week that is dedicated to you!

Contributed by Philip C. DuBois, CNHA, FACHCA, Program Manager, Long Term Care Administration, Saint Joseph's College

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