The American Health Care Association (AHCA), in cooperation with nursing care centers and communities, will celebrate the National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Formerly known as the National Nursing Home Week, the event gears toward recognizing the role of skilled care centers in caring for America’s elderly and disabled.
With the theme “Celebrating Life’s Stories,” this year focuses on different stories of life, relationships, and experiences that contribute to people’s unique perspective in long-term and post-acute care by honoring stories from people who work in the field. Mark Parkinson, President, and CEO of AHCA, said that they hope that through the event, community centers and members could come together and celebrate life’s stories.
Long-term care is for individuals who have chronic conditions which hinder their capacity to do basic self-care tasks like bathing, dressing, doing household chores, and other activities. Yearly, around 8 million people receive support from long-term care services such as home health agencies, nursing homes, hospices, residential care communities, and adult day service centers.
Meanwhile, post-acute care facilities is a type of rehabilitation that beneficiaries receive after staying in acute care hospitals like long-term hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, and skilled nursing facilities. Those who undergo post-acute care are less likely readmitted to hospitals because doctors continuously examine them for complications or change in condition.
The annual event started in 1967, and since then, the celebration always began on Mother’s Day. The Good Samaritan House is this year’s host of the activities for the commemoration and organized by the Stephenson Nursing Center. The event will commence with a two-day Mother’s Day celebration and will have employee appreciation events for all shifts and other activities like giving of baked goods for people to share and induction of officers.