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Gov. declares 'Ala. Nursing Home Week'

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley signed a proclamation designating May 10-16 as Nursing Home Week in Alabama.  The Alabama week coincides with National Nursing Home Week to recognize nursing home residents and staff for their contributions to their community.

The Governor's proclamation praises nursing homes for the quality care provided to Alabama's nearly 24,000 nursing home residents and encourages citizens to visit a nursing home during this special week to see how "the staff and volunteers who care for residents in nursing homes have built their own unique traditions of providing quality care."

"Alabama's nursing homes realize that they provide care to a very special group of people, and they work hard every day to provide the best quality of life for their residents," Alabama Nursing Home Association Executive Director Louis Cottrell said.  "We invite everyone to become a part of our nursing home family during National Nursing Home Week.  You will see many special events advertised in the coming days, and I encourage you to enjoy and be a part of those events.  This week is always a special time for residents, staff and loved ones."

The theme for Nursing Home Week, Nurturing a Love that Lasts, encourages all to think of generations of parents and grandparents nurturing future generations to carry on life and family traditions.  A supportive and caring environment, such as a nursing home, nurtures and enables residents and families to continue growing, learning and teaching through various ways. It is also a perfect time to visit your loved ones, friends and neighbors who reside in nursing homes or make a phone call, send a card, flowers or even an email to make someone's day special.  The week is sponsored by the Alabama Nursing Home Association and the American Health Care Association.

The Nursing Home Week proclamation reads:

National Nursing Home Week
Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Alabama

WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama now residing in nursing homes have contributed immeasurably to the heritage, success and growth of our state; and

WHEREAS, our nursing home residents of any age or ability are themselves living history and a precious resource that should be treasured by all Alabamians; and

WHEREAS, the staff and volunteers who care for residents in nursing homes have built their own unique traditions of providing quality care; and

WHEREAS, member nursing homes of the Alabama Nursing Home Association are holding events in observance of Nursing Home Week guided by this year's national theme of "Nurturing a Love that Lasts"; and

WHEREAS, National Nursing Home Week begins on Mother's Day, May 10, 2009 and continues through Saturday, May 16, 2009;

WHEREAS, this will be the 42nd anniversary of National Nursing Home Week; and

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of the State of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 10 through May 16, 2009, as National Nursing Home Week in the State of Alabama and urge all Alabamians to join in the observance of National Nursing Home Week by visiting with the residents, staff and volunteers at a nursing home to learn about the long-term care and traditions of caring that nursing homes provide.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 21st day of April 2009.

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