National Assisted Living Week

By on Sep 9, 2021 in Senior Living

The senior living industry has faced unprecedented challenges this year. And while the ongoing pandemic changed the way assisted living staff provides care, these individuals have remained dedicated to residents and their families. They’ve continued to provide the highest quality care without fail.

To honor these heroes — individuals who reside, work and volunteer in assisted living communities across the country — the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) leads a nationwide celebration each year. Known as National Assisted Living Week (NALW), the 2021 celebration will take place from September 12-18.

Each year’s celebration has a theme, too. NCAL has deemed “Compassion, Community, Caring” as the 2021 theme given the endurance and resilience of staff members during the pandemic.  

About National Assisted Living Week

Established by NCAL back in 1995, NALW provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers and local communities to celebrate senior living staff. The annual observance encourages assisted living communities to host a variety of events to honor the individuals they serve, while educating the public about long term care.

This year’s celebration

The NALW theme for 2021 — Compassion, Community, Caring — represents the resilience of assisted living heroes. The pandemic has created some of the most trying situations we’ve ever known, but these individuals stayed strong. This year’s NALW is the perfect opportunity to show thanks.

And while NCAL encourages assisted living providers to modify events with COVID-19 safety protocols in mind, they’re still advocating that communities come together. They’re offering inspiration through their annual planning guide, a free online packet with ideas for how to recognize staff, honor residents and commemorate NALW in a safe and meaningful way.

Here’s a few ideas outlined by NCAL:

  • Engage residents in creative art projects to promote compassion and kindness, such as painting rocks and adding positive phrases to give to others
  • Bring a smile to everyone’s face with community activities like outdoor performances, an award night or a dance contest
  • Show you care by bringing residents together with music, or work with a local shelter to bring furry friends by for a community visit

However you choose to participate in NALW and honor assisted living staff, it’s bound to be a special celebration. Don’t forget to share your community’s events on social media using #NALW! To learn more about the weeklong observance, visit NCAL’s website and Facebook page.