Fair Haven will celebrate National Assisted Living Week once again this year from September 11 through 17. The week of recognition, established by the National Center for Assisted Living, is in honor of the role assisted living plays in America, and how it affects seniors, their family members, caregivers and the public as a whole.
According to the National Center for Assisted Living, “the annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.”
During Assisted Living Week, Fair Haven celebrates by hosting small activities for residents throughout the week. They wrap up the week with a celebratory meal in the dining room, complete with live entertainment.
“We do it to celebrate the residents,” says Earnestine Thompson, Assisted Living Administrator.
Earnestine has been the Assisted Living Administrator at Fair Haven for about nine years, but has been with Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida for nearly 35 years.
“My top priority is to touch base with all the residents each day, and to see if they need anything,” says Earnestine. “I have an open door policy, even for residents who just want to come in to chat. Not everything is about business.”
Before she was the Assisted Living Administrator, she served as head of the dining department. After Christopher Tomlin, CEO of Methodist Homes, encouraged her to become a licensed administrator, she became license and took the job as Assisted Living Administrator.
“Fair Haven is a major part of my life,” she says. “I spend more time here than I do at home.”
The theme of this year’s National Assisted Living Week is “Keep Connected,” emphasizing the growing use of technology within assisted living.
“Technology has changed the way we communicate. We’re getting used to seeing residents with their own computers and devices, and using email,” says Earnestine. “We even have a computer lab, and we see residents playing games there.”
Residents are using technology to connect with family members and caregivers, while caregivers are using technology to ultimately improve the experience of residents.
“The relationships between our residents and staff are excellent,” says Everett Washington, RN, Director of Residential Services. “I work with great team members, and the residents are delightful to care for.”
Everett has been with Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida for nearly 30 years.
“Keep Connected” also refers to the way assisted living communities stay connected to the surrounding communities they serve, and serves to educate the community of the importance of assisted living services.
“We have such a positive history within our community. We assist the residents who need our level of services to the best of our ability,” adds Everett.
For more information on Assisted Living services at Fair Haven, call 205-956-4150 today.