MONTGOMERY – Alabama is joining other states to recognize nursing home residents and staff for their contributions to the community during National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation designating May 9-15 as National Skilled Nursing Care Week in Alabama.

Gov. Ivey’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2021 proclamation.

The proclamation commends nursing home employees for the care they provide to Alabama’s patients and residents. Gov. Ivey’s proclamation reminds the public that nursing home residents have contributed greatly to our state “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.”

“Alabama nursing homes have made remarkable progress in the fight against COVID-19 and life is returning to normal for our residents and employees,” Alabama Nursing Home Association Chair Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams said. “I hope this will be a week of celebration and remind us of the special bond shared among everyone who lives and works at a nursing home.”

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 annual observance begins each Mother’s Day and continues through the following Saturday. The national theme for 2021 is “Together Through the Seasons.” The theme celebrates the collaborative commitment of skilled nursing care facilities and their staff in providing compassionate care to their residents during this unprecedented time.

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

2021 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 “Together Through the Seasons;” and

WHEREAS, National Skilled Nursing Care Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 9 and continues through Saturday, May 15, 2021; 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 9-15, 2021, 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 16th day of April 2021.

Kay Ivey, Governor