This week Louisiana will join other states in celebrating National
Nursing Home Week and will honor nursing
facility residents and staff for their contributions to their community.
Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed a proclamation designating May 8-14,
2016, as Nursing Home Week in Louisiana.
The Governor’s proclamation commends nursing facilities for helping
their residents live life to the fullest. The proclamation also encourages
citizens to visit a nursing facility in their community. The theme for
National Nursing Home Week is "It’s a Small World with a Big Heart.”
"Our member facilities invite you to visit a nursing facility in your
community during this special week,” Louisiana Nursing Home Association
Executive Director Joe Donchess said. "When you visit, you’ll see how our
skilled employees deliver high-quality
care to our residents.”
Boomers aging, many are caring for their elderly parents and finding themselves
unprepared. Often, family caregiving quickly becomes overwhelming for the
caregiver, especially when cognitive decline is a factor. The time may come
when conditions necessitate transitioning a spouse, parent, or other relative
to the safety of a nursing facility for 24-hour care. It is best to start
planning early, especially regarding financial
aspects. Now is a good time to tour and see that
nursing facilities are, indeed, small worlds operating at the pace of older
For more information on National Nursing Home
Week, visit www.nnhw.org. Read the proclamation here.
Louisiana Nursing Home Association is a nonprofit organization representing
more than 250 nursing facilities and assisted living communities thatcare
for approximately 30,000 elderly and disabled individuals each day.On
behalf of its members, LNHA advocates for providing quality care and nurturing
environments to Louisiana’s frail and elderly.