The week of September 10-16, Vista Prairie Communities will join assisted living communities nationwide in celebrating National Assisted Living Week® (NALW). NALW was established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living as an occasion to recognize the important role of assisted living in providing care and housing for seniors. At Vista Prairie, we are taking this week to honor the special connections between staff and residents in our communities.
This year’s NALW theme is Family is Forever. The theme comes from a Maya Angelou quote about the meaning of family:
“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.”
It takes a special person to work in assisted living, and the compassion our staff bring to their work is what makes our communities special. Many staff members start to regard the residents they work with like family, and the bonds that form between caregivers and residents can never be broken.
One of the most life-changing benefits of moving to assisted living is the social support network that a community offers. Seniors living independently are at risk for social isolation and its related dangers, including depression, chronic illness, and malnutrition. The social bonds formed with fellow residents and staff members in an assisted living community can be life-changing.
Together, the staff and residents in Vista Prairie Communities form community families that change lives with unconditional compassion that accepts, uplifts, and cherishes every member.
In the words of NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle, “This National Assisted Living Week, we want to recognize these amazing individuals who give their heart and soul to their residents, as well as those seniors and individuals with disabilities who leave a lasting imprint on their caregivers.”
Each of Vista Prairie’s ten communities will be hosting events and activities throughout the week to bring together the residents, families, and staff members who make our communities such special places. Contact your community’s activity coordinator for a schedule of events.