Celebrating National Nurses Week with ComfortCare Homes Wichita KS
Starting May 6th, we’re saying thanks to the wonderful nurses and caregivers who provide compassionate memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Wichita, KS
It is often said that nurses are the quiet heroes of medical care, going the extra step to provide excellent, compassionate care for seniors without seeking praise. Many times, it is the nursing staff that gets to know your senior mom or dad’s daily routine, favorite snacks, preferred activities, and personality. When caring for seniors with dementia, nurses will go out of their way to accommodate a senior who is agitated or confused, choosing to comfort them through conversation or music rather than frustration.
Starting May 6th, Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS will begin celebrating National Nurses Week, a 7-day celebration of the hard-working men and women who do such important work for our senior Residents. In this article, we’ll explore the history of National Nurses Week, ways for you to get involved, and ideas for keeping the gratitude going all year long.
National Nurses Week: May 6th – 12th
In January 1974, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) mandated that May 12 would be International Nurse Day, a symbolic day because May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Just one month later, President Reagan proclaimed that this designated week would be celebrated as National Nurses Week. The permanent dates have allowed for better planning and positioned National Nurses Week as an established recognition event.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) creates a theme and logo each year to celebrate the week and recognize nurses working in all fields of health care. The 2018 National Nurses Week theme is “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” Through educational webinars, training opportunities, sweepstakes, and discounts, the AMA thanks nurses nationwide for their important work.
Celebrating Nurses in Wichita, KS
Every day, the nurses at Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS make on positive influence on the senior Residents, caregivers, and administrative staff. It takes a patient, kind, compassionate person to provide professional care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other advanced memory illnesses. National Nurses Week gives our team the chance to celebrate nurses for their dedication, say thank you for their compassion, and work together to provide the best possible dementia care.
National Nurses Week is not just for memory care providers like Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS, organizations, or hospitals to celebrate. Individuals can participate by showing their support too. If your senior mom or dad receives care from a nurse, take time this week to say thanks through a card or note. While nurses don’t go into the healthcare profession for praise, you can really brighten a nurse’s day just by saying thanks.
Here are a few other ways to celebrate National Nurses Week 2018:
- Cook a meal or share a dessert
If your senior mom or dad is in a residential memory care facility or assisted living home, they likely interact with nurses on a daily basis. While you can’t be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is usually the nursing staff that provides around the clock care, feeding and bathing assistance, administers medication, and provides comfort. The nurses at Comfort Care Homes Wichita KS provide care for seniors as though they were a member of their own family. Next time you go to see your senior loved one, bring a meal to share or baked good for your parent’s nurse to take home. It’s a simple way to show your gratitude and appreciation.
- Share your experience with others
If you’ve had an awesome experience with a nurse at an assisted living facility, nursing home, hospital, or doctor’s office, share your experience with the staff. Nurses can often be rewarded for excellent job performance, and letting administrators know that your nurse is doing a great job could mean some benefits for them. By writing an online review for memory care facilities that employ great nurses or sharing your experience on social media, you can show recognition for nurses while helping other families find excellent dementia care in Wichita, KS.
Keep the Gratitude Going!
If you provide care for a senior parent or other loved one with dementia, you know that the task can be challenging, stressful, and oftentimes thankless. Nurses who choose to work with seniors who have Alzheimer’s or dementia have a special gift for compassionate care, but that doesn’t mean they are immune from these feelings as well. Even after National Nurses Week ends, find time to thank the nurses in your senior mom or dad’s life who are doing a great job.
For more information about memory care services provided by ComfortCare Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532.