Havre, Montana – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 10,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled and sub-acute care providers that care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled individuals nationally. The AHCA established the National Nursing Home Week in 1967. A weeklong observance recognizing nursing home, it is traditionally held in May.
“Living the Aloha Spirit” is the theme for National Nursing Home Week for 2014. In Hawaii, the word “aloha” has a deeper cultural significance than a simple greeting or farewell. In Hawaiian culture it is important to treat yourself and others with aloha, to interact with love and respect and joyfully share life. By applying this spirit of aloha to daily life, the people of Hawaii are encouraged to treat others with deep care, respect and humility, leading to individuals creating a better world. Key concepts of aloha spirit include unity, kindness, truthfulness, humility and patience.
“The goal in long term and post-acute skilled nursing care centers is always Person-Centered Team Care in a harmonious, caring environment.” states Ron Gleason, Administrator at Northern Montana Care Center (NMCC). “Here at NMCC, we feel that our residents are family. Another concept that the Hawaiians use is that of “Ohana” which means family. This concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must honor and always remember each other. We feel that our staff demonstrates this very well. This is “Living the Aloha Spirit!” Montana style.”
Activities are planned throughout the week at NMCC, including both the residents and staff. The week will culminate in an Awards Ceremony honoring two members of the nursing staff.