Throughout May, In recognition of National Nurses Week and National Skilled Nursing Care Week, Villa St. Vincent residents and caregivers will be the focus.   

    National Nurses Week is May 6-12. This year’s theme for the week is “Compassion/Expertise/Trust.” This special week always begins on May 6, and ends on May 12 because May 12 was Florence Nightingale’s birthday. She was a celebrated English social reformer and founder of modern nursing.  Also notable is 2020 has been designated by the World Health Organization as the “Year of the Nurse”  in recognition of the contributions they make and the risks associated with nursing shortages.”   

    “It is very fitting, especially at this time, to recognize the extraordinary efforts of nurses and caregivers everywhere for their service and sacrifice in keeping our communities healthy,” said Judy Hulst, executive director. “We are so grateful for our nurses, nursing associates and all of our employees for their commitment to protecting the safety, health and wellness of our residents.  The care, compassion and dedication shown daily is unprecedented, and we appreciate the tireless and selfless efforts of our entire staff.”

    In celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 10-16, with the theme of “Sharing our Wisdom,” Villa St. Vincent will plan to celebrate its residents and employees with special activities and events that are in compliance with social distancing regulations.  The intent is to showcase the insight, purpose and wisdom to be learned from our elders.  Certain entertainment and programs had to be cancelled/post-poned due to the COVID-19 precautions.   

    “But, we will still celebrate our incredible residents and amazing staff the very best we can, given the situation,” Hulst said.

    The observance of National Skilled Nursing Week by the American Health Care Association recognizes the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors.   Because of their life experiences, residents offer us a unique perspective: reminding us to be present in the moment, celebrate the small things in life and value connections.  

    In observation of National Hospital Week, May 10-16, Villa St. Vincent salutes local hospitals, clinics and their staff for their contributions.

    “We also thank our hospitals and clinics for their leadership and partnership as we work together to provide the highest quality care for older adults in our community,” Hulst said. “We could not provide the care and service to our residents without the working relationship we have with the hospital and clinic staff we work with, day in and day out.”

    With enhanced infection control protocols in place for residents and staff, Villa St. Vincent, a trusted provider of senior care for more than 65 years, continues to accept new residents for long-term skilled nursing care, short-term care and rehabilitation, memory care, respite care and end-of-life care…along with assisted living services and housing in The SUMMIT.

    While visiting in person is not an option yet, those interested in showing support to Villa St. Vincent residents during this month of celebrating our older Americans can reach out in the following ways:

    • Send a card, letter, artwork or sign to residents and/or staff.  Mail to #GramsForGrands Program, c/o Ashley Melsa, Volunteer Coordinator, 1600 Barrette Street, Crookston, MN , 56716.  Yes, residents are still able to receive mail.

    • Email a resident. Send them to karen.swatlowski@bhshealth.org or by visiting the “Contact” page at www.villstvincent.org  under “Connect with Us” menu.

    • Request a video chat with a resident. To arrange a time, email  karen.swatlowski@bhshealth.org  or visit the “Contact” page at www.villstvincent.org  under “Connect With Us” menu.

    • Donate something special for residents, such as large print activity books, puzzles, fingernail polish, arts and craft supplies, magazines, books, etc.   

    For more information, contact Judith Meyer, LSW, Admission’s Coordinator, at 281-9712.