Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW), formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity to recognize the important role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
This week, at West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and skilled nursing care centers throughout the nation pay homage to the kaleidoscope of perspectives that residents, families, and staff bring to interactions every day with the theme, “Celebrating Life’s Stories.”
When you visit your loved one or interact with staff, from May 13-19, 2018, just take a moment to understand how life’s most significant events and personal relationships have shaped who they are today. When you take the time to do this, you’ll cultivate a shared sense of purpose and deeper understanding of your center and the surrounding community.
Sharing Life Experiences and Thoughts
Narrating one’s life story can be an enriching experience for both the story teller and the listener, says Activity Director Matt Cooper, noting that his facility has collected the life’s most treasured moments captured in photos of over 60 staff members to celebrate their personal life’s narrative. “At Wednesday’s staff luncheon we’ll unveil these photographs, depicting important events in their life, including baby and childhood photos, images of weddings and birth of their children,” notes Cooper, a resident of West Warwick.
According to Cooper, last week the skilled nursing facility’s 140 employees were given a survey to complete and anonymously return to him. Before the Wednesday luncheon, attending staff could view the completed questionnaires and later discuss “who said what,” he added. Cooper said the sharing of staff photos and questionnaires, along with meeting at the facility’s ice cream bar for frozen treats, was a perfect way for coworkers to get to know each other better.
Tomorrow, staff could even get massages throughout the day, “a great way to pamper them and show appreciation,” he said.
During NSNCW week, department managers also gave staff raffle tickets “for going beyond the call of duty,” says Cooper, noting that on Friday a raffle will be held where the lucky winners can trade in their tickets for prizes.National Skilled Nursing Care Week_One Pager
Recollecting Enjoyable Past Events and Activities
Activities scheduled throughout the week was “all about reminiscing,” says Cooper, with the goal of helping residents to indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events and activities. “Creative Kitchen Day” brought back memories of cooking and baking. Coffee milk mixed in coffee or tea served with Dunkin Donuts brought back the memories of eating Rhode Island’s famous food products. Even a festival atmosphere, with a room decorated with colorful balloons, recreated the “Rocky Hill State Fair.” Residents ate eat popcorn, cotton candy and even played carnival games to win stuffed animals and other prizes.
Come to West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to learn more about the personal stories of our residents and meet our caring staff.