Celebrating National Nursing Home Week

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This month, from May 8th to May 14th, America celebrated an important holiday. National Nursing Home Week was established in 1967 as a time for citizens nationwide to celebrate and promote relations between nursing home residents, family, staff, and the community.

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week, announced by the American Health Care Association earlier this year is “ It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart” to commemorate a historical time for older adults. “It’s a Small World” comes from the Disney song “It’s a Small World After All”, which was popular during the 1960’s. “With a Big Heart” symbolizes staff and family embracing residents and patients in communal love and friendship.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2014 there were about 15,600 nursing homes in the United States, with that number only growing. As Americans’ life expectancies rise, the need for specialized nursing home staff is increasing as well.

Currently, traditional nursing homes and assisted living communities collaborate with hospice care centers to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of the dying. That is why today nursing homes around the country are looking to All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice for the most professional and compassionate care.

Since 2005, Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice have been leading providers of hospice care in the United States. We know that without nursing homes and the impassioned people running them, our jobs would be much harder.

This is why on behalf of all our staff at All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice, I would like to express our gratitude to all nursing homes around the country for their important work and dedication to their patients. I would also like to encourage people whose relatives live in a nursing home to take time to visit them.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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