This week, May 12 through May 18, is National Nursing Home Week, which is being observed in Alabama in accordance with a proclamation from Gov. Robert Bentley.
The theme for this year's Nursing Home Week is "Team Care: Everyone Pitches In." It is meant to celebrate the variety of people who contribute to nursing home care in Alabama and commit themselves to positive outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Bentley issued a proclamation that contained several provisions regarding Alabama's nursing home residents and staff. They include:
- that Alabamians currently residing in nursing have contributed a great deal to the success and heritage of the state
- that nursing home residents are a precious resource in Alabama, regardless of their age or ability
- that nursing staff and volunteers help residents live their lives to the fullest
He urged all Alabamians to join in the observance of Nursing Home Week, possibly by visiting a nearby nursing home to visit with residents and staff while learning more about long-term care in the state. If you have a loved one in a nursing home that is a particularly good idea.
As Gov. Bentley pointed out, most nursing home staff and volunteers just want to do their jobs well and provide quality, holistic care to residents. However, nursing home neglect and abuse remain a serious problem both in our state and across the country.
Nursing home neglect can take many forms and affect nursing home residents in a number of ways. For example, a resident whose sheets are not changed frequently enough may suffer from bedsores, or a resident may fall and injury him or herself without proper supervision.
It is important for families to work and communicate with their loved ones in nursing homes to help ensure that they are receiving quality care.
Source: WSFA, "May 12-18 Nursing Home Week in Ala. by Gov. Robert Bentley," May 11, 2013