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Ecumen assisted living communities join other providers around the country this week in celebration of National Assisted Living Week – a time to honor the deep connections between staff and residents.
National Assisted Living Week, which runs from Sept. 10–16, was created by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995 to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual observance, which you can follow on Facebook @National Assisted Living Week, provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
“Family is Forever” is this year’s theme – inspired by a quote from the poet Maya Angelou:
“Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”
In explaining the theme, NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle said, “Anyone who has spent valuable time in an assisted living community has seen how staff can come to think of their residents like family. It takes a special person to work in our profession, and often, caregivers form bonds that can never be broken. This National Assisted Living Week, we want to recognize these amazing individuals who give their heart and soul to their residents, as well as those seniors and individuals with disabilities who leave a lasting imprint on their caregivers.”
At Ecumen, we’re grateful to have amazing caregivers who consistently go above and beyond in caring for their residents.