Letters to the Editor

Caregivers are on the front lines in challenging times

As we celebrated National Nursing Home Week from May 14-20, we each had the opportunity to salute and celebrate Washington’s caregivers and volunteers who, under the most challenging of circumstances, provide compassionate service and care to our most vulnerable population of seniors. The members of the Washington Health Care Association provide health and personal care, social support and housing to 25,000 frail, elderly and disabled Washingtonians each day. Over 25,000 caring individuals provide service to our residents.

Our caregivers are on the front lines — serving nursing home patients through health care battles, helping them strive for wellness by supporting and encouraging them, anticipating physical needs and changes, and communicating and advocating for the needs of the frailest among us.

Washington’s most gifted caregivers have the ability to give unconditionally to others. It takes fortitude, endurance, commitment, knowledge and competency. We owe a debt of gratitude to the individuals who so capably and ably serve our nursing home residents.

National Nursing Home Week is also an opportunity for the outside community to reach out to the residents of Washington’s nursing homes. There are many opportunities to be of service to the individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of life we enjoy today. Please take the time during National Nursing Home Week to contact your local long term care facility to learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of the individuals in your community nursing homes.

On behalf of Washington’s long term care providers and staff, thank you for remembering our caregivers and residents during the coming week.

Jonathan Eames,

Executive Director

Washington Health Care Association

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