For Immediate Release: Friday, May 8, 2020

MONTGOMERY – Alabama nursing homes will recognize their residents and staff during National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2020. The 53rd annual observance begins on Mother’s Day, May 10 and continues until Saturday, May 16.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2020 proclamation.

“Now more than ever, we need to support the Alabamians who live and work in our skilled nursing facilities,” Alabama Nursing Home Association President & CEO Brandon Farmer said. “National Skilled Nursing Care Week celebrations will have a different look and feel this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and state and federal restrictions on visitation. However, our staff will make sure it’s an enjoyable time for our residents.”

Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation recognizing the week-long observance in Alabama. In the proclamation, Governor Ivey says, “nursing home residents of any age or ability are themselves living history and a precious resource that should be treasured by all Alabamians.”

“On behalf of our members, I thank Governor Ivey for proclaiming National Skilled Nursing Care Week in Alabama. I encourage communities to rally around their skilled nursing facilities and find ways to support residents and staff,” Farmer said.

National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as 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 national theme for 2020 is “Sharing the Wisdom.”

Founded in 1951, the Alabama Nursing Home Association represents 94% of the state’s skilled nursing facilities. It is Alabama’s oldest and largest long-term and post-acute care trade organization. Alabama’s 231 skilled nursing facilities employ approximately 31,000 people who each day care for approximately 24,500 residents and short-term rehab patients. There is at least one skilled nursing facilities in every Alabama county.

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The text of Governor Ivey’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week proclamation is below. Click here to download a PDF of the proclamation.

2020 National Skilled Nursing Care Week Proclamation
Proclamation
By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama now residing in nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing care centers, 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 short-term rehabilitation; and

WHEREAS, the member nursing homes of the Alabama Nursing Home Association are holding events in observance of National Skilled Nursing Care Week guided by this year’s national theme of “Sharing Our Wisdom;” and

WHEREAS, National Skilled Nursing Care Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 10 and continues through Saturday, May 16, 2020; and

WHEREAS, this will be the 53rd anniversary of National Skilled Nursing Care Week;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, do hereby proclaim May 10-16, as National Skilled Nursing Care Week in the State of Alabama.

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 4th day of May 2020.

Kay Ivey, Governor

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