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By: Elizabeth Bemis on May 17th, 2013

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Nursing Homes in CT Celebrate Nursing Home Week

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bishop wickeIn honor “National Nursing Home Week”, United Methodist Homes will continue to provide important information about nursing homes as well as share some of the things our Bishop Wicke Heath and Rehab Center in Shelton, CT is doing in honor of this week.

 

National Nursing Home Week is celebrated in skilled nursing facilities throughout America, from May 12 through May 18, 2013. This year's theme is TEAM CARE, which recognizes residents and patients as well as the dedicated staff in nursing homes. The observance is an opportunity to involve families, community members and others to show support and respect for these individuals and staff. Activities are designed to strengthen relationships and encourage volunteerism in the community.

Nursing homes provide care to those that do not need to be in the hospital, but cannot be taken care of at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day. Some nursing homes are set up similar to hospitals, while others are set up like assisted living communities. These communities try to feel more like home, with a relaxed daily schedule where staff members are encouraged to establish relationships with the residents. 

There are also nursing homes that have specialized care units for those with serious memory problems or those in need of short or long term care. It is important to remember that nursing homes are not just for the elderly, but for those that may be in need of short term or long term rehab care. 

The theme this year at Bishop Wicke is “Team Building”, which is a spin off of the national theme for this year's National Nursing Week. We are focusing on teamwork with a superhero theme. At the beginning of the week we wore t-shirts designed by Tony from our kitchen. On Tuesday we enjoyed our staff potluck. Wednesday was superhero/villain dress up day, Thursday was game day...Family Feud, Ice Cream Social and on Friday we conclude with a family day and a movie night featuring “The Avengers”, popcorn and drinks for staff and children.

We admire the staff and residents at our Bishop Wicke community as well as nursing homes around the country and are glad to be a part of National Nursing Home Week.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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