Eight Alabama nursing homes will be honored for developing innovative approaches to long term care. The recognition will take place at Alabama’s Best Practices February 13 in Birmingham.

These skilled nursing care centers have developed a unique program or service that improves nursing home resident quality of life, health care practices or nursing home operations.

Here are the eight nursing homes selected as Honorable Mention at Alabama’s Best Practices. Click on a facility name for more information about the best practice.

  • Bill Nichols State Veterans Home: It’s Never Too Late
    • Designed to increase knowledge about the resident and facility, improve communication and improve relationships and connections.
  • Crowne Health Care & Rehab of Montgomery: Iron Bowl Cornhole
    • Bringing the Iron Bowl rivalry to an old-fashioned game of cornhole has increased activity participation among male nursing home residents.
  • Decatur Health & Rehab: You’ve Got Mail
    • To create a greater feeling of home, each resident has a mailbox outside his or her room and receives mail each day. Resident volunteers collect and distribute the mail.
  • Falkville Health Care Center: Tailgate with Us
    • Weekly “tailgate” parties that include cheerleaders, food and sometimes a high school band have boosted staff and resident morale.
  • Greenbriar at the Altamont: Focused Laughter Programming
    • It’s been said laughter is the best medicine. This nursing home is seeing the benefits of weekly laughter exercises to improve physical and mental well-being.
  • Generations of Vernon: Alabama Virtual Library
    • Using the Alabama Virtual Library, this nursing home has found an economical way to provide e-books and audio books for residents.
  • Sylacauga Health & Rehab: Birthday Celebration: All About You
    • An interdisciplinary team embraces a resident’s need for individualism, dignity and self-worth by planning unique birthday celebrations.
  • Village at Cook Springs: Medication Reduction to Eight Per Resident
    • Decreasing the number of medications each resident takes per day has reduced the risk of adverse reactions and medicine side effects.

Beginning February 1, ANHA.org will post articles the six Alabama’s Best Practices Presenters. The articles will provide links to detailed information to help you implement the best practice in your nursing home. You can share the stories on social media to show your support for the presenters.

Click here for more information and the history of Alabama’s Best Practices.