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Work of skilled nurses recognized this week

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Skilled Nursing Care Week began this past Sunday and runs through May 16 across the nation. This week recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for the country’s frail, elderly and disabled. This year’s theme “Sharing our Wisdom” brings attention to the individuals who care for our country’s most vulnerable population and celebrates the residents and the special relationships they develop with nursing home workers. Nursing homes have played a key role in the fight against COVID-19.

“These are trying times, yet our workers keep stepping forward and giving,” said Rhode Island Health Care Association President and CEO Scott Fraser. “In Rhode Island, we have 10,000 committed nursing home workers who are ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and keeping their spirits up. From housekeepers and maintenance teams to CNAs and nurses, each worker brings their heart and soul into our nursing homes and shares themselves as second family and friends to the residents and their loved ones. This week, we say a big thank you to them.

“This week, we also celebrate the many residents whose smiles and stories fill the halls of our nursing homes and the hearts of so many,” said Fraser.

Rhode Island nursing homes will be engaging in in-house activities and celebrations with their workers – socially distanced, of course. Please visit RI Health Care Association on Facebook. RIHCA represents 64 nursing home members in Rhode Island. Please visit RIHCA.com for more information on our efforts to fight COVID-19.

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