As we continue to move into a new year after—following one that rocked us to our very core—we must take time to recognize those which we could not function without. These people, of course, are our caregivers. So, we want to take some time this month to extend a huge thank you to all that work to serve others every single day and let them know why they mean so much to us.

Keeping Things Interesting

Whether they’re helping to prepare dinner, assisting with daily activities, or providing advanced Alzheimer’s care, our caregivers & healthcare professionals truly do it all. They absolutely love getting that one-on-one time with everyone they work with, while also getting to care for them in a variety of ways. For example, our health care professionals find great joy in the respite services that we offer to those who also care for a loved one from day to day. This service helps support and maintain a healthy relationship and provides a positive experience for the person receiving care, all within the comfort of one’s own home!

Now, when the COVID-19 lockdowns began, services like this became challenging to continue giving with our sense of 100% assured safety. But, thanks to our wonderful team of healthcare professionals, we were able to continue safely providing care for all our wonderful clients. This included informing family members of things they could do to help on their own, regularly performing COVID-19 tests for our entire staff, or working with families to ask if moving to full time facility care was something that was right for them. They faced these challenges head on with a smile and did everything they could to continue working safely with our beloved clients. And for that, we don’t know what we’d do without them.

Care for All Ages

When most people think of long-term care, they probably imagine those well into their later years of life. But here at HealthStar, we have caregivers providing Children’s Therapeutic Supports and Services (CTSS). Now more than ever, children of young ages are experiencing a vastly shifting world from year to year and for some, that can be hard, confusing, and just too much sometimes. Luckily, our CTSS works to restore the basic functioning of children & youth experiencing emotional disturbance and mental health impairments. Along with everything else our caregivers do, there are few things more rewarding than seeing young children work to grow out their fears & anxieties into confident young adults with the help and care of our healthcare professionals.

We Can’t Thank You Enough

In summation—and to all our HealthStar Home Health caregivers—please know that we consider you all heroes. You have given the rest of us a reason to cultivate hope, because we have seen your unwavering dedication in the face of such uncertainty over the past year. You have looked after those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and have made it an absolute priority to keep our residents safe. Some have even done so at great personal sacrifice to them or their own families. A staggering amount of our care workers left their families to isolate with residents. From fiddling about with FaceTime to continually organizing safe and socially distant activities, HealthStar clients would have struggled without them. So with that we say thank you… Thank you times a million. It was an unprecedented year of events (to say the least!) but our team continued on. Again, we don’t even want to THINK about where we’d be without all of you.

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