April 2018

April 15-22: National Volunteer Week

To inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities Organized by: the Hands On Network Address: 600 Means St., Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30318 Main Line: (404)-979-2900 Website: www.handsonnetwork.org

 Month of April: National Occupational Therapy Month

To promote occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science Organized by: The Fund to Promote Awareness of Occupational Therapy (AOTA) Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20814 Main Line: (301)-652-2682 Website: www.promoteot.org

May 2018

May 7-11: National Nurses Week

Purpose: To promote nursing professionals for their dedication and commitment to advancing the health care field Organized by: the American Nurses Association (ANA) Address: 8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492 Main Line: 1-800-274-4ANA Website: http://nursingworld.org

May 13-19: National Skilled Nursing Care Week

To reflect how the long term care profession and every skilled care center promotes quality for their residents, patients, families, and staff Organized by: The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Address: 1201 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 Main Line: (202)-842-4444 Website: www.ahcancal.org


National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW)

(formerly known as “National Nursing Home Week”)

Plan Ahead and have a Successful Celebration!

The 2018 NSNCW theme, “Celebrating Life’s Stories”, serves as a tribute to life’s most significant events, relationships and experiences that shape the unique perspectives of residents, families, staff, and volunteers in long term and post-acute care. ​The full press release on the theme announcement can be accessed here. From May 13-19, 2018, centers will be encouraged to collect individual narratives to cultivate a shared sense of purpose at the center and in the surrounding community.

Skilled nursing care centers and members of the public CLICK HERE to download 2018 theme promotional materials such as graphics, a one-page flyer, and a newsletter and social media content template that can be tailored for your own use at:

AHCA has also issued a Planning Guide and Product Catalog that includes History of NSNCW; Media Tips (News Release, Letter to Editor, Proclamation, Social Media, Best Practices for Protecting Privacy); and Products Catalog (T-shirts, balloons, buttons, Posters, Static Door Clings).

Please follow NSNCW on Facebook here​ and share activity ideas for the observance on social media with the hashtag, #NSNCW.