Nursing Assistants and Home Health Workers Deserve our Admiration and Gratitude

Many cities worldwide ring out with applause evening after evening. What a wonderful moment of collective appreciation for those healthcare and public service workers who are risking their own lives to save ours. I believe we are failing to include the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Home Health Aides (HHA) and caregivers in our thoughts and actions.

Long-Term Care Coronavirus Deaths Continue to Rise

Today one in five COVID deaths occur in a senior care setting. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid now demands that all virus deaths be reported to residents, families and the federal government. The Washington Post reports that one in ten nursing homes have at least one coronavirus case.

Millions of CNAs and HHAs serve on the front lines today

I had the honor of interviewing members SEIU Healthcare Workers Union at the Florida Coalition for Silver Solutions kickoff.(minutes 48 – 63). This event occurred on Halloween, 2019 where they described holding a patient’s hand as they died, without family present. They held memorial services to honor the life that seemed forgotten by the wider community. “We are their family” was said over and over again.

Thank you long term care workers

Thank You for Your Sacrifice

The CNA and HHAs deserve to be recognized and honored as COVID heroes in numbers as great as our courageous hospital workers. Here are the workers going from home to home providing hands on care many times without masks and gloves. Nursing home workers are working ten, twelve-hour shifts while being severely understaffed and then go home to care for their own families.

This Standing Ovation Belongs to You

Please join me in including the dedicated long-term care workers in our evening show of appreciation. Their selfless devotion to our most vulnerable people, especially as they risk their own lives, cannot be overlooked any longer. Thank you and God Bless You Always.

Monica Stynchula

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