National Nursing Home Week 2012 – Celebrating the Journey

Celebrating the Journey is the theme for National Nursing Home Week® 2012. Throughout the week, skilled nursing care centers nationwide will plan events to honor the lives — and milestones — of the people they care for and the staff who serve them.
Celebrating the Journey reminds us that every life should be honored, every life’s story needs to be told and that every day we have the chance to begin writing a new chapter. Whether the day is filled with comedy or drama, nursing home residents and caregivers are co-authors and leading characters in each other’s life story.
Today is about living life to the fullest, irrespective of age, infirmity or disability. There is no fixed formula to follow or guide the process, just the quiet routines of daily caregiving, meals, activities and, let’s hope, visits from family and friends. They bring the joy that comes from the heart of a loved one.
Our goal in Celebrating the Journey is for you, the resident, to feel satisfied at the end of each day that staff cared for you and about you – not just as a patients, but as a person with stories to tell and new chapters yet to write. That’s because tomorrow the journey begins anew and we journey together, me and you.
The Monarch butterfly, an intrepid traveler if ever there was one, symbolizes Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous sentiment that “Life is a journey, not a destination.” This Planning Guide features the Monarch taking wing this spring, as it does throughout the summer and fall. Together, let us watch the butterflies flutter by, listen to the wind chimes and enjoy our journey

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