Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rep. Ross Spano shares his love of music with ALF residents in honor of National Assisted Living Week

This week, FHCA is celebrating Florida’s 85,000 assisted living facility (ALF) residents and the outstanding places they call home as part of National Assisted Living Week (NALW).

FHCA's assisted living facility members are hosting festivities around the theme of National Assisted Living Week, “The Magic of Music,” which showcases the integral role music plays in assisted living residences every day.

On Wednesday, Rep. Ross Spano visited Hawthorne Village of Brandon, a continuing care retirement community which offers a wide variety of services, including long term care, short term rehabilitation, assisted living, independent living and massage/outpatient therapy. During the tour, Rep. Spano met with Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living's residents and staff. Knowing the center was celebrating National Assisted Living Week, he asked if he could sing a song to help celebrate the occasion. Residents and staff were treated to the talented Representative singing "God Bless America." His incredible rendition, sung acappella, gave way to cheers and smiles.

NALW is an annual occasion established by FHCA's national affiliate, the National Center for Assisted Living, which provides a unique opportunity to honor the individuals who reside in assisted living and the staff members who provide them with extraordinary care day in and day out.

The transformational effect of music continues even as individuals age, providing joy and comfort and, in some cases, pleasant memories of long-ago experiences. Music also has the ability to bring people together, something on which assisted living communities pride themselves. National Assisted Living Week is serving as a catalyst to do just that, as well as help members of the community understand the many contributions of assisted living.

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