Koelsch community houses in Kirkland celebrate nurses

The National Nurses Week and International Nurses Day celebration featured bouquets and lunch.

On May 12, Koelsch Communities, a third generation and family-owned and operated senior living provider, celebrated National Nurses Week and International Nurses Day at its Jefferson House memory care facility in Kirkland.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 to May 12 to honor nurses and their commitment to their patients and has been observed since 1993. International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 12 since 1965.

“Nurses are such an integral part of successful senior care, whether it’s those who provide 24-hour care at Koelsch memory care communities, or those in the broader health care community like the wonderful case managers who joined us today,” said Terri Wilson, Northwest Washington Relationship Manager for Koelsch Communities.

Koelsch hosted the Washington Medical Case Management Association (WMCMA) for lunch and gifts of floral bouquets created by Madison House residents.

The event, which was WMCMA’s first in person gathering in two years, included an insightful presentation, provided by Olivia Koelsch, on the importance of music in memory care. Additionally, lunch was provided by the in-house culinary team from Koelsch’s Madison House.

“I love working for an organization that supports, advocates for and cares so greatly about nurses,” said Julie Luce, RN. “The care nurses provide keeps our resident communities thriving, reduces unnecessary hospital visits and, put simply, leads to better living.”

Luce was recently named Executive Director of Belle Harbour, a Koelsch facility expected to open in the Spring of 2023.