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National Skilled Nursing Care Week Starts Sunday, May 8<p>National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) kicks off this Sunday, May 8 through Saturday, May 14. The annual observance calls attention to the essential role of skilled nursing centers in caring for America’s elderly and individuals with disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Creating and Nurturing Connections.”&#160;</p><p>“Skilled nursing caregivers and staff at all levels work hard every day to keep our most vulnerable population safe, healthy and socially engaged under incredible challenges,” said&#160;Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA. “These individuals are the backbone of our communities. This week is a time to celebrate them by sharing our appreciation for all that they do for our loved ones.”</p><p>Skilled nursing care centers and their staff provide a​&#160;steadfast commitment to&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Press-Releases/Pages/AHCANCAL-Highlights-Nursing-Home-Quality-Improvements-During-COVID-19-Pandemic.aspx" target="_blank">providing a&#160;high-level of&#160;person-centered care</a>&#160;for their residents.&#160;This has never been more evident than the last two years of the pandemic. In addition to protecting and caring for their residents around the clock during a time of limited visitation and social distancing, staff stepped in and served&#160;​as family members and friends to ensure that residents had the essential social connections they needed.</p><p>Celebrate this NSNCW by sharing your&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Pages/Share-Your-Story.aspx" target="_blank">stories</a>&#160;and messages of gratitude on&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/NationalSkilledNursingCareWeek/" target="_blank" title="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/nationalskillednursingcareweek/">Facebook</a>&#160;using the hashtag #NSNCW.&#160;&#160;</p><span style="color&#58;#000000;font-family&#58;-webkit-standard;font-style&#58;normal;font-weight&#58;normal;letter-spacing&#58;normal;text-align&#58;start;text-indent&#58;0px;text-transform&#58;none;white-space&#58;normal;word-spacing&#58;0px;text-decoration&#58;none;"></span><p>TENA, an Essity brand, is the official 2022 NSNCW sponsor. “Our vision is dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions,” said Tony Forsberg, RN, BSBA, WCC, CSPHA, national clinical director of Essity. “We are committed to being a care partner that fully supports our customers to provide innovative products and best practice care routines that allow skilled care nursing facilities to deliver better and more efficient care to our most vulnerable and valued residents.”</p><p>Created by AHCA in 1967, NSNCW starts each year on Mother’s Day and is celebrated through the following Saturday.</p><p>For more information on the annual observance, please visit&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/NSNCW" target="_blank">NSNCW.org</a>.</p><p>​</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="http&#58;//ahcancal.org/"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;30px;" /></a><br></p>2022-05-06T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/NSNCW_22.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;QualityAHCA/NCAL StaffStaff stepped in and served ​as family members and friends to ensure that residents had the essential social connections they needed.
‘Joyful Moments’ Revealed as Theme for National Assisted Living Week 2022<p>The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today revealed “Joyful Moments” as this year’s theme for National Assisted Living Week<sup>®</sup>. The annual, national observance – officially sponsored by First Quality in 2022 – provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and local communities to celebrate the individuals who live and work in assisted living and learn more about this sector of long term care. ​​​​​&#160;</p><p>“We are excited to highlight the truly ‘joyful moments’ in life during this year’s National Assisted Living Week,” said NCAL Executive Director LaShuan Bethea. “The communities where our residents live are so much more than just that. They are places where caregivers, residents, family members, and so many more come together as an extended family and create joyful, happy memories. After the challenges of the past few years, this theme is the perfect way to honor those relationships and celebrate every special moment.”&#160;</p><p>Established by NCAL in 1995, National Assisted Living Week (NALW) will be held Sept. 11-17, 2022. “Joyful Moments” encourages assisted living communities around the country to host a variety of events that honor the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer in these communities while adhering to infection control requirements and precautions in place for COVID-19.&#160;</p><p>“First Quality is honored to be the official sponsor of National Assisted Living Week again in 2022,” said Shelley Bache, First Quality Healthcare Leader. “This year’s theme encourages everyone to go beyond sharing happy memories and to create new moments that will be treasured for many years to come. I am thrilled we get to be part of this extraordinary week.”&#160;</p><p>The “Joyful Moments” logo is available for download to assisted living communities, stakeholders, and members of the public on the NALW website. In the coming months, NCAL will issue a planning guide and products centered on ways to celebrate “Joyful Moments.” Participants are asked to share their celebrations throughout the week on social media with the hashtag #NALW. Visit&#160;<a href="http&#58;//www.nalw.org/" target="_blank">www.nalw.org</a>&#160;for updated information and resources.</p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ncal_large_color.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;167px;" /><br></p>2022-05-05T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/NALW_2022.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityAHCA/NCAL Staff"Joyful Moments” encourages assisted living communities around the country to host a variety of events that honor the individuals who reside, work, and volunteer in these communities.
Apply Now: AHCA/NCAL Diversity Executive Leadership Program<p>American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) <span>has announced the inaugural</span> provider member Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) will accept applications Monday, May 2 through Thursday, June 9. </p><p>Ten individuals will be selected to participate in the two-year program. Additional information including eligibility and program requirements is available on our&#160;<a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/About/Pages/Diversity-Executive-Leadership-Program.aspx" target="_blank">website.<br></a></p><p>DELP has two objectives&#58;</p><ul><ol type="1" start="1" style="margin-bottom&#58;0in;margin-top&#58;0in;"><li><p>To provide individuals from under-represented groups in AHCA/NCAL, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability and religion, support, access and opportunities for leadership.&#160;</p></li><li><p>To provide AHCA/NCAL with increased access to a diverse pool of talented, engaged members and/or leaders such as committee members and chairs, board members, AHCA Council of States representatives and NCAL State Leaders.</p></li></ol></ul><p>Contact any member of the DELP team for more information&#58; <span>​<a href="mailto&#58;%20lbethea@ncal.org" target="_blank">LaShuan Bethea</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;jhahs@ahca.org" target="_blank">Jennifer Hahs</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;upatel@AHCA.org" target="_blank">Urvi Patel</a>, <a href="mailto&#58;kpreede@ncal.org" target="_blank">Katherine Preede</a>, or <a href="mailto&#58;cherle@ahca.org" target="_blank">Christy Herle</a>.</span></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/logos/ahca_ncal_cobrand.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;250px;height&#58;30px;" /></a><br></p>2022-05-03T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/diversity.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityAHCA/NCAL StaffAHCA/NCAL provider member Diversity Executive Leadership Program will accept applications Monday, May 2 through Thursday, June 9.
Provider Hosts Careers in Aging Week Virtual Roundtable<p>​In honor of the 2022 Careers in Aging Week,&#160;<em>Provider</em>&#160;hosted a virtual roundtable with four long term and post-acute care professionals willing to share their stories. Careers in Aging Week is dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession.&#160;</p><p>The demand for professionals with expertise in long term care is growing rapidly. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health, and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long term care by 2050.​</p><p><br></p><p></p><center> <iframe src="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/embed/YV13zVVmWWU?enablejsapi=1&amp;origin=https&#58;//www.providermagazine.com" title="YouTube video player" allowfullscreen="" data-gtm-yt-inspected-32388671_20="true" id="335950965" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/center&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe> <br> <p></p><p> <em><br></em></p><p style="text-align&#58;left;"><em>Provider</em> Virtual Roundtable Participants&#58;</p><ul style="text-align&#58;left;"><li><p>Gerald Bishop, Chef Manager at Forest Hills of DC</p></li></ul><ul style="text-align&#58;left;"><li><p>Chrissy Davis, Unit Manager at Sayre Christian Village</p></li><li><p>Amanda Woods, Activities Director at Coffey Health</p></li><li><p>Mary Watkins, Director Of Nursing at Wolfe County Health and Rehab</p></li></ul><p style="text-align&#58;left;">Join&#160;<em>Provider</em>&#160;in sharing our appreciation for all long term and post-acute care professionals all year long.</p></center>2022-04-22T04:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/2022/2022CIAW_speakers.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;WorkforceAHCA/NCAL StaffProvider hosted a virtual roundtable with four long term and post-acute care professionals willing to share their stories