Back in the spring, in neighborhoods around the country, signs mushroomed up on front lawns reading “Thank you frontline workers,” and “We love our health care heroes.” They praised physicians, hospital workers, EMTs and even grocery store employees.
But one group—the professionals who care for people in their homes and provide the equipment for them to stay safe at home—was almost universally overlooked. We here at HomeCare think it’s time to remedy that.
What you’re reading now is our effort to express our deep gratitude for those of you who do the work every day that keeps people safe at home. That work has never been more important than during this time when the elderly, the disabled and people with chronic health conditions of all ages are vulnerable to an airborne virus and advised to quarantine. You are doing a service to your communities that deserves notice.
We’ve highlighted 12 people here who we feel represent the heroic nature of this industry because they rose to meet the circumstances of 2020 or because they’ve served tirelessly for years. Choosing them from the nominations we received was incredibly difficult. We heard about nurses, caregivers, salespeople, customer service representatives, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, equipment techs and hospice volunteers. Nominations came in from bosses, employees, parents, friends and patients. One person received more than 25 nods! Someone nominated their entire workforce; another suggested that the entire industry deserved applause.
“Any of these frontline workers deserve recognition,” that one read. “They are just as valuable and important as the hospital workers!!”
We agree. So thank you to all of the HomeCare Heroes out there. We hope you know how valued you are.
Here are this year's finalists:
To read their story, click on the picture of the finalist.
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