With a nod to essential frontline caregivers battling COVID-19, “Caring is EssentiAL” has been announced as the theme of this year’s National Assisted Living Week.

“The theme, ‘Caring is EssentiAL,’ is more relevant today than in recent years and highlights the incredible care provided by essential caregivers in assisted living communities across the country,” according to American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living. 

Established by NCAL in 1995, National Assisted Living Week is an opportunity for residents, their families, staff, volunteers and local communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. 

The annual observance — this year Sept. 13-19 — 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 educate the public about this aspect of long-term care.

More information and celebration ideas can be found on the NALW website.