National Skilled Nursing Care Week is one of the most important events of the year for nursing homes. Held annually since 1967 and always beginning on Mother’s Day, National Skilled Nursing Care Week is May 12-18, 2019. The observance is sponsored by the American Health Care Association and recognizes the role of skilled nursing care centers – like UMRC’s Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea – in caring for America’s older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Caregiver Spotlight – “It has been an interesting journey.”
Nadine Byrum, R.N. has seen a lot of changes in the healthcare field over the years during her career as a nurse, including two decades at UMRC’s Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. “From paper records to computers, dial phones to texting, and moving to a more homelike atmosphere,” says Nadine. “It has been exciting to be part of all that has evolved at Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC).”
Nadine is now involved as a member of the Action Pact steering team as UMRC implements the culture change model of care at the Kresge Center. “It is always a challenge to start something new, but I am excited to be part of working toward a more positive experience and a feeling of home for the older adults in our care.”
“I feel so close to the residents,” says Nadine. “Each person has their own stories, wants and needs. It has been an honor to meet them and to get to know their families. I am thankful for those who have allowed me to be their friend.”
“She builds such close connections and relationships with the residents, their families, and her co-workers as well,” adds Kathy Russell, Associate Executive Director for CRC. “Her longevity and devotion to our residents is such an asset to the quality of care we provide to older adults and the camaraderie among our staff.”
“We have so many caring people here in every department,” says Nadine. “It is my pleasure to be part of the CRC team.”