National Skilled Nursing Care Week celebrated senior stories during the 2018 festivities.
Joining Chatham Nursing, students from Elkin High School delighted the crowd with their choral performance after the JROTC presented the colors.
Honoring veterans as well as seniors and the nurses who care for them, Mayor Sam Bishop, representing the Captain Mark Garner Post 7794 Veterans of Foreign Wars, expressed his appreciation for not only the students, but for the nurses who take care of the seniors that enhance life.
“These people have a story to tell,” said Bishop, “we need to take time with them and listen to what they have to say.”
As a previous resident of the facility during recovery after an accident, Bishop had time to listen and to learn how hard the nurses work at caring for people of all ages.
“The folks here are really caring,” said Bishop. “You really have to be caring and dedicated to do what they do.”
What they do is to take care of a variety of concerns from maintaining medications and charts, to helping with personal care and upset relatives.
Most facilities, such as PruittHealth, have nurses and technicians skilled in physical, occupational and other types of therapies for which extensive additional training is required.
To help with continued medical training, the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation has set up a scholarship fund. Designed to keep local medical talent and interest local, the fund supports certified nursing assistants who want to become registered nurses and other similar opportunities.
Call 336-527-7457 for more information on the Hugh Chatham Memorial Scholarship Fund.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week also was started to encourage the medical industry.
Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association, National Skilled Nursing Care Week was started to bring awareness to the importance of skilled nursing in modern society with the increased need in Senior, disability and rehabilitation care.
Always beginning on Mother’s Day National Skilled Nursing Care Week provides a yearly opportunity to appreciate the daily service of dedicated individuals.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.