Spring encourages us to take a moment to appreciate the small things, cherish our relationships, and reflect on the impact of those all around us. National Skilled Nursing Care Week was established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association, and it is a time to recognize the amazing contributions of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and workers around the nation. Through their hard work and dedication, they have helped make a positive difference in the lives of countless people, and their efforts do not go unnoticed. This year’s NSNCW theme—Cultivating Kindness—is inspired by the many acts of kindness that happen in skilled nursing care centers every day.
What is Skilled Nursing?
Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide specialized services for people who need rehabilitation or support, and they are staffed by a team of healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible care and treatment. SNFs provide a variety of services that are designed to meet the needs of each individual resident, and they are a great option for those who are no longer appropriate for a hospital setting but are not ready to return home.
SNFs vs Nursing Homes – What is the difference?
Many people use these terms interchangeably as Skilled Nursing Communities often offer both skilled nursing and long-term care services. However, there is a big difference between the two.
Here are the main differences:
- Residents that utilize skilled nursing services have a goal to return to their baseline independence as well as return home after a short stay.
- Long-term care residents depend on clinicians to maintain quality of life for extended stays in the community.
Learn more about the differences between Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care as explained by United Healthcare here!
During this week of National Skilled Nursing Care, we just want to say thank you to all of the skilled nurses and professionals who work hard everyday to provide treatment and care to individuals in need. We appreciate you, and all that you do.
Whether it’s a compliment, an offer of help, or just a listening ear,
a small act of kindness can go a long way, and it helps us build meaningful connections to those all around us.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week this year encourages us to consider how great of an impact these seemingly small actions can have on our lives as well as the lives of others. Staff, residents, families, and members of the local community are encouraged to participate in activities “that cultivate and spread kindness during this special week,” organizers said. Kindness is a simple act that can have a powerful and long-lasting impact. How will you cultivate kindness this week?
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