I was taking a walk in my neighborhood when I ran into a neighbor on her walk (we stayed 10-feet apart). As we walked past our homes, she told me how she thought of our neighbors and what particular concern she had been asking the Lord to guide each one of us with strength and resolve.
Essential Healthcare Workers and First Responders on the Front Lines
The conversation came up about our hospitals and doctors and nurses and what an incredible job they were doing for the men and women stricken with COVID-19. I added that first responders; healthcare professionals who work ceaselessly at independent and assisted living facilities, as well as memory care units are also fighting the good fight each and every day. We agreed that they are all true heroes.
And then she asked me how my business was doing. I told her with a gleam in my eye how proud I am of all of my caregivers and staff — they are essential healthcare professionals whose effort incidentally supports the hospitals, doctors and nurses in the area. At first, my neighbor wasn’t quite sure where I was going with this so I expanded the conversation.
I saw on the nightly news that the astronauts on the space shuttle are taking a “birds-eye” view of the coronavirus around the world. I let myself imagine for a second if they zoomed in with their telescopes on the Right at Home locations throughout the world — they would see our healthcare heroes, 25,000-strong, taking care of thousands of clients around the clock, providing up to 30 million hours of services every year.
Let that sink in for just a moment. If you add all the home care agencies in the mix, we are talking about 200,000 active caregivers who provide up to 300 million hours of care services each year. This collective effort helps seniors and disabled adults stay safe at home and avoid hospital admissions.
I went on to tell my neighbor how proud I am to witness the efforts of my colleagues and my healthcare heroes — our In-Home caregivers — on a daily basis. As we parted ways, she looked me in the eyes and said, “Thank you, I have a whole lot more people I need to include in my daily talks with the Lord.”
I ask, whatever your faith, that you include these healthcare heroes who support the courageous women and men on the front lines in your prayers. We are all in this together.
Stay safe, use proper hygiene, listen and follow the guidelines of our health officials. We are counting on you to help us in this fight.
Owner, Right at Home West Pittsburgh