With the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, we have seen our world change drastically and have no real gauge of how it will further change in the coming months. When life is so uncertain, it’s easy to become protective of our own household and concerned about how the inconvenience of “sheltering in place” affects our daily lives. Visit this site http://tazwoodmentalhealth.org/
There’s a unique opportunity to broaden our perspective and look at those who “soldier on” in the face of this new adversity. With that in mind, we would like to say a resounding THANK YOU to all of our first responders and healthcare workers who are tirelessly and selflessly going to work, picking up extra shifts, and caring for people who may be carrying the contagious coronavirus. They hear the same news we do, yet they bravely leave their homes and families every day, not knowing what lies in store for them, or whom they will be assessing in transport, greeting in an exam room or comforting at a bedside.
Because of social-distancing restrictions, we cannot hug these hard workers or shake their hands in appreciation of their tireless efforts. But there are easy ways we can show our appreciation!
A valued healthcare professional shared some simple suggestions that would make their jobs easier – practical ways to express our thanks:
- Wear a mask if you are sick at all or have a cough for any reason.
- Have patience while dealing with medical staff over the phone.
- Be on time for your appointments.
- Don’t hoard medical supplies – this takes away from those who are caring for the infected.
Remember to Breathe …
- Take a deep breath before you make that phone call. The one where you have left repeated messages and you are not getting the return call you desperately need for peace of mind.
- Take a deep breath before you walk up to the reception counter. The one where you feel like the person isn’t taking you seriously.
- Take a deep breath before you click “send” on the health portal to communicate with your physician. End your electronic note with: “Thank you! I appreciate all you are doing, and I hope you and your family are doing well. Have a great day!”
Often, when we get scared or are dealing with uncertainty, the best and worst can be seen from mankind. Let’s bring the best. Let’s bring some healing over the phone and in person when the slow storm of the coronavirus keeps rolling in.
There will be an end to this. In the meantime, we will need to let a little (or a lot) of steam out of the “pressure cooker” of our daily lives. When things calm down, let’s not have regrets about how we treated the people who are doing their very best to serve us in our healthcare settings.
Kindness and gratitude go a long way when one of our heroic healthcare professionals is having a crummy day. A complete and profound sentence when someone isn’t expecting it is: Thank you.
We Are Standing By …
Our team at Senior Care Solutions recognizes this is a tricky time. In the middle of the unknowns, we are here for you! If you need to talk with someone about the struggles you are facing with care needs, our compassionate staff is available to hear your concerns, explain your options, and offer experienced perspectives and reassurance.
We invite you to get in touch with us in the following ways:
Phone: (916) 965-5565
Complete an online Inquiry Form here.
Written by Chandra Jones and Taryn Benson