Home health care is a great asset for aging seniors as well as disabled adults. These visiting nurses and other healthcare professionals who come to a person’s home to support them provide innumerable benefits.
In many cases, these home health care professionals have put the safety and needs of their clients ahead of their own lives, even spending time with their family. We have seen reports about home health care professionals living in hotels, RVs, and in other places to avoid direct contact with family because they don’t want to inadvertently expose their clients to COVID-19.
June is Professional Wellness Month and it’s important to realize just how significant a sacrifice these efforts have been. When a person spends a couple of months separated from their own children, spouse, and other loved ones for the benefit of their clients, that’s an act of valor.
That is worthy of recognition. And there’s a reason why so many of these home health care and other healthcare professionals are taking these steps: care and compassion.
They truly do put the safety and health of their clients first.
This doesn’t mean these home health care professionals are not able to visit with their own children; it simply means they are taking extra precautions to avoid close contact. Imagine going two or three months without giving your own child a hug!
It’s not the same to be able to see them on a video screen or on the other side of a Plexiglas partition, but these are the extreme measures many of these professionals are taking.
And for some, it is taking a toll. It’s essential that home health care professionals remain healthy themselves. It’s not just physical health that matters, either. It’s also about the emotional and mental health of these men and women.
Aging seniors, disabled adults, and their family members are truly realizing and understanding that this type of work is not just a job to them. It’s a part and extension of who they are.
When these home health care providers are putting their comforts, their needs, and time with their own family and friends on the back burner, all for the benefit of their aging and disabled clients, it shows their true character.
This month, it’s important that each person realizes that these home health care professionals may also need some extra encouragement and support. A simple thank you that is heartfelt can be enough. It’s the fuel that helps propel them onward to continue going above and beyond the call of duty as professionals.