National Assisted Living Week was established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995. The purpose of this week is to build awareness and recognize the role that assisted living plays in caring for America’s seniors and individuals living with disabilities.
Assisted living is defined as housing for the elderly or disabled that provides nursing, meals, and/or housekeeping as needed. Assisted living communities are a great option for those who wish to remain independent, but still need some assistance with daily activities. Each assisted living community is unique and offers different levels of assistance and services.
There are about one million individuals that reside within 30,000 assisted living communities across the U.S. Due to an increase in population and longer life spans, the industry is experiencing a growing demand for services. The number of individuals requiring care is expected to double by 2030.
Behind each care recipient, is a team of trained and dedicated professionals that build relationships and look for ways to improve the community. However, bonds and friendships are not always formed overnight. Unpredictable days, odd shifts, and emotions are just a few factors that can make caring for another individual stressful. The commitment from care providers to overcome these obstacles and other hardships make the process of moving a loved one into assisted living easier on everyone involved, including family members.
To celebrate this week and all of the individuals involved in assisted living, the NCAL has compiled a variety of activities that loved ones, communities, and caregivers can participate in. to This year’s theme is “Family is Forever”. You can click here to view the NCAL Planning Guide.
From all of our Gurus at PeopleGuru, we would like to thank all of the communities, caregivers, volunteers, and staff members for their continuous commitment to providing quality care to those in need.