Assisted living facilities can play an important role of providing help to people who no longer chose or are unable to remain independently in their homes. As an employee, I have had residents share that once they adjust to the facility, they love the opportunities to be social when they chose. Many residents continue to participate in community groups, religious activities, and family events. Assisted living facilities attempt to provide a high quality of life for those living and working there.
September 11-17, 2011 is National Assisted Living Week.The National Center for Assisted Living theme for the week is: Forever Proud. A patriotic theme was selected for this year as the week begins on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
” While we remember the fallen, we also recognize the pride we feel as American citizens and in our community. Forever Proud also addresses one’s pride in work done well, family and friends, or a skill mastered. Feeling proud about our citizenship, community participation, friends and families is a universal feeling. This weeklong celebration is a demonstration of the commitment assisted living professionals feel when providing care and services to residents in their communities.”
The materials for the week recommend looking at activities on these topics during the week: 1) pride for our country & community; 2)pride in life accomplishments; and 3) pride in our culture. Here are songs I would suggest for each of these topics.
Country & community
- God Bless America
- This Land is Your Land
- America the Beautiful
- Dear Heart & Gentle People
Life accomplishments (I would gather songs to review periods of life)
- Baby Face
- School Days
- Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me
- For Me & My Gal
- Tea for Two
- Que Sera, Sera
- When I Grow to Old to Dream
Our Culture (I live & work in an area settled by Volga Germans so your list might look very different)
- Beer Barrel Polka
- Home Sweet Home
- Home on the Range
- Those Were the Days
- The Chicken Dance (Yes, I know you dance this rather than sing it!)
If you have a family member or friend in an assisted living facility, I encourage you to visit them this week and join in the festivities. For others, consider attending any open house events offered by assisted living facilities in your area. It is a great way to become familiar with services. I extend a word of thanks to all who work in assisted living facilities. To those who live in assisted living facilities, I encourage you to keep on enjoying life, being proud of what you have accomplished and celebrating all you still have to share as well as experience in life.