Donatucci resolution recognizes 'National Nursing Home Week'

HARRISBURG, May 11 – A resolution authored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, marks this week as “National Nursing Home Week” in Pennsylvania.

Donatucci’s H.R. 262 recently was unanimously adopted by the state House.

“'National Nursing Home Week' runs from Mother’s Day, May 10, to May 16,” Donatucci said. “This week provides the opportunity for us to honor both the elderly and disabled residents of our nursing homes, as well as the compassionate individuals who care for them.”

Donatucci noted more than 81,000 residents live in the state’s more than 700 nursing homes. She added the facilities are well-utilized, with an average occupancy rate of more than 91 percent.

“The men and women who live in our nursing homes fought our wars, started our businesses and built up our great state and country,” Donatucci said. “We owe it to them to ensure they get the dedicated care that they deserve. I thank the more than 85,000 nursing home workers in Pennsylvania who tend to the residents’ physical, mental and emotional needs with unflinching commitment, and I encourage anyone who has some free time to consider volunteering at their local nursing home.”

The theme of “National Nursing Home Week” this year is “Bring On the Fiesta!,” focusing on family, life and love. Several national groups promoting the effort encourage nursing homes nationwide to demonstrate how their facilities are bringing quality care to residents.