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