MONTGOMERY – Alabama is joining other states to recognize nursing home residents and staff for their contributions to the community during National Nursing Home Week. Gov. Robert Bentley issued a proclamation designating May 8-14 as National Nursing Home Week in Alabama.

The proclamation commends nursing home employees for the care they provide to Alabama’s nearly 24,000 nursing home residents. Gov. Bentley also reminds the public that nursing home residents are valuable members of society by stating that “the citizens of Alabama now residing in nursing homes have contributed immeasurably to the heritage, success and growth of our state.”

National Nursing Home Week has been sponsored by the American Health Care Association since 1967. In Alabama, it is sponsored by the Alabama Nursing Home Association. The annual observance begins each Mother’s Day and continues through the following Saturday. The national theme for 2016 is “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart.”

“On behalf of our members, I invite all Alabamians to visit a nursing home during this special week and all year long,” Alabama Nursing Home Association President & CEO Bill O’Connor said. “When you visit, I’m confident you’ll see skilled and dedicated employees delivering high quality and compassionate rehabilitation and long-term health care.”

The text of Gov. Bentley’s National Nursing Home Week proclamation is below. Click here to download a printable version of the proclamation.

Proclamation by the Governor of Alabama

NNHW-2016-procWHEREAS, 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 in nursing homes help residents live life to their fullest potential by providing a holistic approach to long term care; and

WHEREAS, the member nursing homes of the Alabama Nursing Home Association are holding events in observance of National Nursing Home Week guided by this year’s national theme of “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart”; and

WHEREAS, National Nursing Home Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 8 and continues through Saturday, May 14, 2016; and

WHEREAS, 2016 is the 49th anniversary of National Nursing Home Week:

NOW THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 8 through May 14, 2016, 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 long term care and how nursing homes fulfill their promise of caring for the whole person.

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 1st day of March 2016.

Robert Bentley, Governor

Click here for more information about National Nursing Home Week from the American Health Care Association.

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