May 9-15, 2021: Skilled Nursing Care Week

WHEREAS, we honor and respect our older adults and citizens of any age with physical or intellectual disabilities who reside in skilled nursing facilities in Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, skilled nursing facilities throughout Michigan are holding activities in observance of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, May 9 to 15, 2021, using this year's theme of "Together Through the Seasons;" and,


WHEREAS, we must recognize nursing facility caregivers and residents who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, enduring the most challenging year the skilled nursing profession has ever experienced. One of the major concerns is the need for additional staff to safely care for their residents; and,


WHEREAS, I recommend that all citizens visit, send a note of thanks to staff and administration, or call a loved one, family member, or friend residing in any care setting and offer a kind word or participate in various activities to unite those in need of our continued love and support. We should also take time to thank those who have dedicated their lives to providing service to those in need; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan nursing facilities are committed to quality health care. We take this moment to embrace the essence of the theme "Together Through the Seasons" and join all residents, patients, caregivers, nurses, staff, and volunteers in celebrating this special week;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 9-15, 2021 as Skilled Nursing Care Week to honor both our vulnerable citizens who receive care and the dedicated ones giving care.