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10 Ways You Can Thank Your Local Healthcare Heroes
As the holiday season quickly approaches, it’s important to remember the hard work our frontline workers put in, especially throughout the last year.
Many healthcare heroes throughout the United States have stepped up to provide quality care to their communities throughout the pandemic. Some nurses, doctors, therapists, and other healthcare workers have taken on extra shifts or put in extra hours to ensure they are able to take care of their patients.
Here are 10 ways you can thank the healthcare heroes in your local community for staying dedicated to the people they help in their role.
Say “Thank You”
Every day, healthcare heroes show up to work, and oftentimes they perform a thankless job. They might not realize that the work they do each day is appreciated unless you tell them.
Go thank a healthcare hero who has gone above and beyond for a loved one. Your words can brighten their day and remind them that their profession to care for others has made a positive impact.
Flowers are a great gift to send your local healthcare heroes because you can choose ones that fit your style and budget. Flowers make a great centerpiece for any display, and they can help freshen up the atmosphere of where the healthcare heroes work.
Many flower arrangement companies will also let you add items such as stuffed animals, cards, and chocolates as extras. These goodies can be an exciting surprise that the healthcare heroes enjoy alongside the flowers.
Many nursing homes, care centers, and hospitals are in need of supplies they can use to help their business. For example, a nursing home could use a donation of blankets for their residents to help keep them warm in the winter.
Some ideas of items you can donate to your local healthcare heroes include:
- Hand sanitizer
- Supplies for activities such as crayons, colored pencils, and paint
- Antiviral wipes
- Toys and Games (if the nurses help children at their workplace)
If there is a particular healthcare worker who you believe goes above and beyond, letting their manager know is one way you can give them a big “thank you.” Oftentimes, managers may not realize the specific impact one of their employees has on someone’s life, and telling them about one of their healthcare workers will make it more likely that they will be recognized for awards and promotions.
If you work in a healthcare setting, you can let a manager or the Human Resources department know if you find someone who has put in positive work. There are also programs at some businesses that allow you to nominate fellow employees for superior work.
A card can be a simple way that you show appreciation to your healthcare heroes while wishing them well this holiday season.
One way to make sending cards more impactful is to make them alongside a group of volunteers. You can write thoughtful messages and personalize some of the cards if you know the healthcare workers personally.
Buy a Meal
A fun way to thank the healthcare heroes in your community is by buying them a catered lunch. Whether it’s tacos, burgers, or pizza, purchasing healthcare heroes a meal is one way that you can show your support.
If you’re feeling extra generous, try supporting a local restaurant that may have been impacted during the pandemic. This is an opportunity to not only help your healthcare heroes but also give a small business some extra publicity!
Help Them Out
If you personally know a healthcare hero, whether it’s a good friend or neighbor, you can show your support by helping them out with various tasks. They might be busy working overtime and extra shifts, and they could use someone to help out with a task here and there.
Some ways you can help a healthcare hero include mowing their lawn, making them a dinner, watching their kids for a day, walking their dog, or doing their laundry. These small favors can help them save time and let them know that you value the work they do.
Send a Care Package
A care package is a great gift for healthcare workers because there are many different goodies inside that people can use. From candies to teas to small treats, care packages contain items that will be enjoyed and appreciated by the staff.
There are care package services that allow you to customize the items and messages that are sent in the package. You can even have the package delivered directly to the healthcare worker’s place of work!
Another way you can thank the nurses and other healthcare heroes in your community is by volunteering to help.
Whether you volunteer for a bake sale, organize a fun activity for the people they care for, assist with a fun activity, or give some of your time to simply visit those in need, this an idea to show healthcare heroes that you care about the work that they do.
Make a Video of Gratitude
If you know several people in the community who are thankful for the nurses who take care of their loved ones, you can come together and make a video of gratitude. The video can consist of different clips of individuals thanking the nurses for what they do and how they have made a positive impact.
You don’t have to have a professional camera to make a video of gratitude – many phones are able to capture good quality video that you can send to your computer for simple editing. You can use a program like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie to put the clips together and add simple stock music.
Saber Healthcare Thanks All of Our Healthcare Heroes!
Here at Saber Healthcare, we’re proud of the work our healthcare heroes put in each day to give our residents the care that they need. Our frontline teams have showed up day in and day out to help the communities they serve, often taking on extra hours or going above and beyond to ensure the residents are taken care of.
To learn more about Saber Healthcare and the services we offer, click here.
Saber Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing consultant services to long term care providers. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be seen as professional advice. Please consult with a medical expert before relying on the information provided.