Long Term Care Staff Recognition Days and Other Occasions to Celebrate

Here is our now traditional list of special occasions to recognize and celebrate within your organization. As in the past, this list contains special staff recognition days and some other nationally recognized days that you might find useful and fun. We realize recognition days, on the surface, may not seem as important to some as, for example, rules, regulations and reimbursement issues. However, used creatively, recognition of certain days can help promote teamwork, employee value, cooperation, and the opportunity to have some fun. As such, the consumers of our services will benefit from these seemingly small efforts. (This list was compiled using Chase’s 1998 Calendar of Events as a resource.)


Autism Awareness Month
Diet Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Eye Care Month
Reminiscence Month
1 New Year's Day
1 Universal Hour of Peace
1-7 Celebration of Life Week
4 Trivia Day
4-10 "Someday We'll Laugh About This" Week
5-9 New Year's Resolutions Week
8-14 Universal Letter-Writing Week
11-18 International Thank You Days
12 National Clean Off Your Desk Day
16 National Nothing Day
18 Heal Old Hurts Day
18-24 Be Good to Yourself Week
18-24 Healthy Weight Week
18-24 *Activity Professionals Week
19 Cut Yourself Some Slack Day
19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday
20 Lighten Up!! Day
20 Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day
21 Go for It, or Live Your Dreams Day
21 National Hugging Day
22 Women's Healthy Weight Day
22 Love Yourself, or Be Your Own Best Friend Day
23 Give a Damn Day
23 National Pie Day
25 National Popcorn Day
25-31 Listen Compassionately to a Survivor Week
25-31 Solo-Preneuring Week
29 National Puzzle Day


AMD Awareness Month (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)
American Heart Month
American History Month
Black History Month
Celebration of Chocolate
Creative Romance Month
International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month
International Embroidery Month
Low Vision Awareness Month
National Cherry Month
National Wild Bird Feeding Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Worldwide Innovation Month
International Boost Your Self-Esteem Month
1 National Freedom Day
1 Women's Heart Health Day
1-7 Global Family Feast Week
2 Groundhog Day
3 Laugh and Grow Rich Day
4 Halfway Point of Winter
6 Pay-A-Compliment Day
8 World Marriage Day
8-14 Celebration of Love Week
8-14 Love May Make the World Go 'Round, But Laughter Keeps Us from Getting Dizzy Week
9-13 * Dietary Managers' Pride in Food Service Week
(Honors Dietary Staff in Long Term Care Facilities)
9-15 Random Acts of Kindness Week
14 Read to Your Child Day
14 Valentine's Day
14-21 Homes for Birds Week
15-21 Give Yourself Credit Week
15-21 International Friendship Week
16 President's Day
20 * Student Volunteer Day
22-28 * National Engineers Week
24 International Pancake Day
24 Once Upon a Time Day
25 Ash Wednesday
28 Floral Design Day


Cataract Awareness Month
Ethics Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Nutrition Month
National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
2-8 National Procrastination Week
3 I Want You To Be Happy Day
3 *Social Services Directors Month
4 Stop Bad Service Day
9 Panic Day
15 True Confessions Day
16-22 Long Term Care Administrators Week
17 St. Patrick's Day
20 Spring Begins
21 Flower Day
22 As Young As You Feel Day
22 International Goof-Off Day
23-29 National Clutter Awareness Week
26 Make Up Your Own Holiday
29-4/5 Straw Hat Week
30 * Doctors' Day


National Humor Month
National Lawn and Garden Month
* National Occupational Therapy Month
National Poetry Month
National Woodworking Month
Stress Awareness Month
Zoo and Aquarium Month
1 All Fools' Day
1 National Fun at Work Day
1-7 Golden Rule Week
5-11 International Building Safety Week
10 National Siblings Day
10 Passover Begins at Sundown
11 Barbershop Quartet Day
11 Remembrance Day
11-18 Passover
12 Easter Sunday
12-18 National Garden Week
15 Income Tax Pay Day
16 National Stress Awareness Day
18 Earth Day
19-25 National Coin Week
19-25 National County Government Week
19-25 * National Volunteer Week
19-25 * Professional Secretaries Week
19-25 Reading Is Fun Week
19-25 Sky Awareness Week
20-26 National Organize Your Files Week
22 Earth Day
23 Yom Hashoah
23 Take Our Daughters to Work Day
24 National Arbor Day
26-5/2 Astronomy Week
28 Great Poetry Reading Day
29 Moment of Laughter Day
30 International Walk Days


Creative Beginnings Month
Family Support Month
National Arthritis Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bike Month
National Hamburger Month
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Mental Health Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Self-Discovery Month
National Senior Travel Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Trauma Awareness Month
* Older American's Month
Personal History Awareness Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
1 May Day
3-9 Acknowledge Your Supportive Spouse Week
3-9 Be Kind to Animals Week
3-9 Flexible Work Arrangements Week
3-9 National Family Week
3-9 National Pet Week
3-9 National Postcard Week
3-9 National Wildflower Week
4 Relationship Renewal Day
4-10 Public Service Recognition Week
6 Halfway Point of Spring
6-12 * National Nurses Day and Week
7 National Day of Prayer
8 No Socks Day
10 Trust Your Intuition Day
10 Mother's Day
10-16 * National Nursing Home Week
10-16 National Police Week
10-6/21 National Family Month
11 Eat What You Want Day
12 Limerick Day
13 *National Receptionist Day
13 * National Third Shift Workers Day
17-23 * National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week
17-23 Running and Fitness Week
18 International Museum Day
18-24 * International Salute to Public Relations Week
18 Visit Your Relatives Day
19 National Bike to Work Day
20 National Employee Health and Fitness Day
23 International Jazz Day
25 Memorial Day
25 National Tap Dance Day
27 National Senior Health and Fitness Day


June Dairy Month
National Accordion Awareness Month
National Safety Month
1-7 International Volunteer Week
1-7 National Fishing Week
1-7 National Iced Tea Week
4-11 * Nurse Assistants Day and Week
5 National Attitude Day
6 National Family Day
6-12 Pet Appreciation Week
7-13 National Ergonomics Week
7-13 National Hug Holiday Week
7-13 Support Group Recognition Week
8-14 National Flag Week
8-14 National Men's Health Week
14 Family History Day
14 Flag Day
18 National Splurge Day
19 National Juggling Day
21 Father's Day
25 International Sing-Out Day
28 Special Recreation Day
28-7/6 Special Recreation Week


Anti-Boredom Month
Cultivate Your Character Month
National Baked Bean Month
National Blueberry Month
National Financial Freedom Day
1 International Joke Day
4 Independence Day
6-10 Music for Life Week
6-12 Take Charge of Change Week
10 * Intern Appreciation Day
12-18 * National Therapeutic Recreation Week
24 Cousins Day


Medic Alert Awareness Month
Romance Awareness Month
1-7 International Clown Week
1-7 Simplify Your Life Week
2 Friendship Day
2 Sisters' Day
3-9 National Bargain Hunting Week
3-9 National Smile Week
7 Halfway Point of Summer
9 Book Lovers Day
9 Family Day
9 International Art Appreciation Day
9 National Hand-Holding Day
10-16 Don't Wait -- Celebrate! Week
10-16 National I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day
15 National Relaxation Day
22 Be An Angel Day
26 Make Your Own Luck Day


American Heritage Month
National Chicken Month
National Food Education Safety Month
National Honey Month
National Humor in Business Month
National Mindmapping Month
National Mushroom Month
National Piano Month
National Rice Month
Self-Improvement Month
7 Labor Day
7-13 * Mental Health Workers' Week
10 Swap Ideas Day
13 National Grandparents Day
13-19 * International Housekeepers Week
13-19 National Mindmapping and Brainstorming Week
13-19 * National Rehabilitation Week
13-20 Fall Hat Week
14 National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
15 * National Caregivers Day
15-20 Balance Awareness Week
20 Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown
20-26 National Dog Week
21-22 Rosh Hashanah
21-25 * National Food Service Employees Week
21-25 National Imperfection Week
22 Elephant Appreciation Day
22 * National Centenarians Day
22 95th Birthday of the Ice Cream Cone
23 * National Food Service Employees Day
25 *National Laundry Workers' Day (always celebrated Friday of third full week of September)
27 Ancestor Appreciation Day
27 Yom Kippur begins at Sundown
27 Yom Kippur


American Heritage Month
Computer Learning Month
Diversity Awareness Month
Month of the Dinosaur
National Cookie Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
National Dessert Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Make a Will Month
* National Physical Therapy Month
National Pizza Month
National Popcorn Poppin' Month
National Pork Month
National Roller Skating Month
National Sarcastics Awareness Month
National Stamp Collecting Month
2 * National Custodial Workers Day
3-9 * National Human Services Professional Awareness Week
4 Sukkot begins at Sundown
4-10 Fire Prevention Week
4-10 Get Organized Week
4-10 * National Health Care Food Service Week
4-10 National Skin Care Awareness Week
4-10 National Spinning and Weaving Week
4-10 A Taste of the World Week
5 Sukkot
5-9 National Customer Service Week
6 * Physician Assistant Day
8 National Dessert Day
12 Columbus Day
12 International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
15 National Grouch Day
16 * National Boss Day
17 Sweetest Day
18-24 National Health Education Week
18-24 National Infection Control Week
19 Elevate Your Life Day
24 Make a Difference Day
25 Mother-in-Law Day
25-31 National Massage Therapy Awareness Week
25-31 National Save Your Back Week
27 Cranky Co-Workers Day
31 Halloween
31 National Magic Day


National Alzheimer's Disease Month
National Diabetes Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Month
National Hospice Month
Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
1-7 National Fig Week
3 General Election Day
6 Halfway Point of Autumn
6 Saxophone Day
7 Sadie Hawkins Day
8 Abet and Aid Punsters Day
8-14 National Split Pea Soup Week
10 Hunter's Moon
11 Armistice Day
11 Veterans Day
15-21 National Geography Awareness Week
17 Homemade Bread Day
17 World Peace Day
18 Mickey Mouse's Birthday
19 Mickey Mouse's Birthday
19 Great American Smokeout
19 Have a Bad Day Day
21 World Hello Day
22-28 National Game and Puzzle Week
22-29 National Bible Week
23-29 National Family Caregivers Week
25 Shopping Reminder Day
26 Thanksgiving Day
26 "What Do You Love about America" Day


Bingo's Birthday Month
National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
Universal Human Rights Month
6 St. Nicholas Day
7-13 Recipe Greetings for the Holidays
10 Human Rights Day
10-16 Human Rights Week
14-21 Chanukah
21 Humbug Day
21 Winter Begins
25 Christmas
26 National Whiner's Day
31 Make Up Your Mind Day
31 New Year's Eve

* Special Staff/Customer/Volunteer Recognition

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Madison, WI 53703
Telephone: (608)255-7060