9/8/2017 3:43:00 PM Assisted Living Week proclaimed in Jackson County
Shown above, from the left, following the reading of the official proclamation for Assisted Living Week in Jackson County are Katie House (Community Educator at Holzer Assisted Living-Jackson (HAL-J), Commissioner Paul Haller, Crystal Keller (Director of Nursing at HAL-J), Allison Current (Activity Coordinator at HAL-J), Debbie Huchison (Dietary Manager at HAL-J), Commissioner Ed Armstrong, and Tracey Gambill (Resident Coordinator at HAL-J). (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
This past week, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of Sept. 10-16 as Assisted Living Week in the county. This proclamation is part of the national recognition, which was established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living.
Numerous representatives from Holzer Assisted Living-Jackson were present for the Wednesday, Sept. 6 meeting, during which Commissioner Paul Haller read the official proclamation.
"Residents of assisted living communities are active members of the larger community, offering their knowledge, life experiences and involvement," Haller read. "Their past contributions continue to be a vital part of Holzer Assisted Living's rich history, and their ongoing participation deepens Jackson's identity."
The proclamation went on to explain that assisted living facilities offer critical long-term care for the elderly and individuals with disabilities, and that these facilities "foster choice, dignity and independence."
This year's theme for National Assisted Living Week is "Family is Forever," which is inspired by a quote from famed poet Maya Angelou, which reads, "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."
During this week, assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events which celebrate the connections between staff members and residents. Further, the commissioners urge all citizens to volunteer in an assisted living community, to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these communities, and to learn more about how assisted living services benefit the people of this area.