To kick off National Assisted Living Week, Holzer Assisted Living facilities in Gallipolis and Jackson held a proclamation signing at their respective facilities on Monday, September 11. Each location featured a local county commissioner presenting the following proclamation:
WHEREAS, residents of assisted living communities are active members of the larger community, offering their knowledge, life experiences and involvement; their past contributions continue to be a vital part of our rich history; and their ongoing participation deepens our identity;
WHEREAS, assisted living is a critical long-term care service for the elderly and individuals with disabilities that fosters choice, dignity, and independence; assisted living communities are committed to excellence, innovation and the advancement of person-centered care;
WHEREAS, in 1995, the National Center for Assisted Living established National Assisted Living Week® to honor the contributions of assisted living communities in providing long term care to America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities;
WHEREAS, this year’s theme of National Assisted Living Week® is “Family is Forever,” which recognizes the unique bonds assisted living residents and staff members form; and is inspired by a quote from the famed poet Maya Angelou: “Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what”;
WHEREAS, it takes a special person to work in assisted living, as caregivers spend countless hours providing high quality care to residents; therefore, staff and residents often come to think of each other as family;
WHEREAS, during this special week, assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events that celebrate the deep connections between the dedicated staff members and residents;
NOW, THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim the week of September 10-16, 2017, as Assisted Living Week and urge all citizens to volunteer in an assisted living community, to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these communities, and to learn more about how assisted living services benefit our communities.
In addition to the proclamation, a Ribbon Cutting was held at each location for their Home Health Therapy Room, which is now available for residents who require Home Health Therapy services. For more information on the services at Assisted Living, please visit www.holzer.org or call Gallipolis at (740) 441-9633 or Jackson at (740) 286-8785.