National Skilled Nursing Care Week, which is May 13-19, is a time to acknowledge the role skilled nursing care centers have in caring for our seniors and individuals with disabilities. During this week, nursing home employees are recognized and celebrated for the compassionate care they provide to 1.4 million seniors and individuals with disabilities residing in 15,500 facilities nationwide. In South Dakota alone, there are 107 licensed nursing facilities providing care for loved ones.
The theme this year, “Celebrating Life’s Stories”, pays homage to the diverse set of perspectives that residents, families and staff bring to everyday interactions. It is a reminder that everyone has a unique story to tell and those stories should be shared.