We are always very excited for September to roll around at our communities, as it is the month that we officially celebrate NATIONAL ASSISTED LIVING WEEK, which kicks off on Grandparent’s Day Sunday, September 10th and goes through Saturday, September 16th. This celebration was established by the National Center for Assisted Living in 1995, who has chosen “Family is Forever” as this year’s theme, inspired by a quote from the poet Maya Angelou: “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.”
The National Center for Assisted Living outlines that this theme recognizes the unique bonds formed between those who reside in assisted living communities and those who work and volunteer within their communities. For many assisted living caregivers, their dedication and consideration develops into a deep emotional attachment, where staff and residents come to think of one another as true family. From getting to know the residents inside and out and listening to their amazing stories, to spending time after hours to do something nice for them, to being there in their final moments, this National Assisted Living Week® is meant to honor those caregivers who give their hearts and souls to their residents.
Our Schonberg communities embrace National Assisted Living Week as an opportunity to celebrate all of the residents and team members that play a vital role in making our community a home by planning innovative, out-of-the-box special events and experiences that we can all enjoy together. A great example of this concept is our community Pendleton Manor in Greenville, South Carolina, who has gone all out in planning a weeklong “cruise on the SS Pendleton” celebration, in which each day has a “destination” theme full of fun activities. “I’m most looking forward to our St. Lucia-themed adventure coming up on Thursday,” says Pendleton Manor Executive Director Susan Blair. “It’s a bucket list destination for myself and many of our residents, so we’re all looking forward to a staycation that includes a shopping trip, snorkeling, and Dirty Banana cocktails!”
We are so thankful for the amazing team members at each of our Schonberg communities that go above and beyond and put all of their heart into forming the special families found at each of our communities, and we absolutely love the opportunity to celebrate those unique bonds with fun for everyone during National Assisted Living Week. Cheers to all of the amazing caregivers and team members at assisted living communities all over the world- this week is for you!