Wednesday, May 15, 2013

National Nursing Home Week Highlights Team Care

Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

This philosophy helped shape the Team Care theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) that we’re celebrating throughout the week of May 12-18, 2013 with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the country. Team Care recognizes the vital networks that not only run, but also maintain superior service and quality for SNF residents and patients.

It’s no secret that personalized care is essential to optimal outcomes and customer satisfaction, and in order to achieve that, all members of a care community must rise to the occasion—staff, nurses, CNAs, therapists, consultants—and collaborate with one another, their residents, and their families. Team Care particularly emphasizes the importance of letting Everyone Pitch In, and encourages open communication between residents, their family members, and their care team. Better communication can only lead to a better understanding of the individual resident’s needs, and in turn, stronger person-centered care.

NNHW also encourages SNFs to cultivate relationships between residents and community members by offering volunteer opportunities, as well as open houses, tours welcoming VIPs and other guests, and special events for the residents, families, staff and community.

Victories are achieved through teamwork. We want to showcase how your SNF is celebrating this week—check out the NNHW Facebook fan page to share your stories and photos!

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