May 8 to 14, Westside Terrace Healthcare will unite with organizations all over the nation in honoring National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). Skilled nursing care facilities, also known as nursing homes, and their staff provide a steadfast commitment to providing high-level of care for their residents. This has never been more evident than the last two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to protecting and caring for their residents around the clock during a time of limited visitation and social distancing, staff stepped in and served as family members and friends to ensure that residents had the essential social connections they needed.
Support for residents
The NSNCW observance recognizes the role of skilled nursing care centers, such as Westside Terrace, in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The theme for this year’s national observance is “Creating and Nurturing Connections. Residents, family members and communities have seen first-hand the positive impact of seniors and the disabled living together in a neighborly environment where people look after each other and where enriching programs for wellness and entertainment, dining services and supportive services help support physical and mental wellbeing.
Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, NSNCW, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers and surrounding communities to acknowledge the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Quality of life
Skilled nursing care centers across the nation support their residents by helping them find happiness and improve their quality of life. Skilled nursing care centers are an important part of their communities because they ensure that seniors and disabled people still have a means for engaging with society through their individual passions. Whether it’s through their musical talents, arts and crafts or gardening, nursing center residents add richness to the communities around them.
These centers also provide a home away from home for residents, where they can get their medical and emotional needs met in a caring environment. Each person in the skilled nursing care community contributes to improving the quality of life of all residents by providing a home away from home that allows them to have the essential connections they need to thrive.
Lots of activities
Westside Terrace Healthcare will kick off NSNCW with recognition for Mother’s Day Sunday. The theme for Westside’s week is “Through the Looking Glass” and pays homage to “Alice in Wonderland.” Monday, we will wear red for the queen day, have a gardening party and play special games. Tuesday, we will blue like Alice, watch “Alice in Wonderland,” and have a dance party. Wednesday, we are crafting paper mushrooms and playing games featuring the white rabbit. Thursday, we are making hats and having a scavenger hunt. We conclude on Friday with our Mad Hatter Day hat contest and an ice cream party.
Skilled nursing care at Westside Terrace
Westside Terrace is proud to be a home to a diverse group of residents who have a variety of interests. To serve them and their loved ones is a privilege that we hold dear. At this time of celebration, we would also like to acknowledge how fortunate we are to have a team of professionals that is committed to improving the quality of life for our residents. Our staff is such an important part of the work we do here and we are deeply appreciative of everything they do to help Westside Terrace provide the best service possible. We wish all the skilled nursing care centers across the nation a very happy National Skilled Nursing Care Week!