Lucy Grossman: Appreciates the work of home health aides

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Published: 8/4/2020 3:06:33 PM

Dressed in scrubs and an identification name badge and equipped with a warm can-do no-nonsense attitude, the home health aide comes to your door, ready to help the infirm, injured, and ill be as comfortable as possible.

With a whole day of planned stops, going from house to house and briefly taking on the anguish, confusion, sadness and peace (as well as the varying levels of messy homes!) of a plethora of families, these people bring their competence and compassion in, provide relief through care and interaction, and are then on their ways.

Networks of them operate through the region, stemming from organizations including the Cooley Dickinson Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice program, and communicating with each other real-time to ensure that, even in the face of staffing shortages and commutes hither and yon, as many people are conscientiously attended to as possible.

Essential in all times, and invisible to most not directly benefiting from their services, these workers have become vital in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many health care options are curtailed. It is important to recognize the diligent commitment of the now-masked and ever-adept home health aide.

Lucy Grossman


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