October 18 is Healthcare Aide Day. On this day, we recognize healthcare aides, the ones with around-the-clock work and services provided to patients across the globe. Health care aides are ever-present, helping those who are sick and aging. They also step in to help those who simply need a caring, compassionate hand.
Care management is one of the most selfless career paths to walk. Healthcare aides dedicate themselves to helping patients stay safe, healthy, and comfortable so that they can enjoy their quality of life.
We invite everyone to recognize healthcare aides on this day to show their appreciation for their selfless work, day in and day out.
The Many Jobs of a Healthcare Aide
To say that healthcare aides do it all would be an understatement. These workers provide basic services to their clients, whether they’re ill, elderly, or disabled.
They travel to each patient’s home to help with daily needs such as dressing, transportation, grocery shopping, and more. Thanks to their dedication and care, patients can continue to enjoy independence in the home.
Without healthcare aides, more ill and elderly people would have to live in a nursing home or some other setting to maintain their quality of life.
While duties vary depending on the client’s needs, most healthcare aides are trained in various levels of care and duties. This includes:
- Taking vital signs
- Helping the patient with mobility needs
- Administering medication
- Operating medical equipment
- Household needs
- Hygiene and grooming
Some healthcare aides provide these services 24/7, while others check in at a patient’s home throughout the day to ensure that they are well.
Impact to Families
If you have an ill or aging loved one, you know the stress and worry that comes with figuring out how to provide for their needs. This is even more true if your family member requires around-the-clock care.
You want peace of mind knowing that your family member is being well taken care of and is safe. At the same time, it can feel impossible to find a way to provide the care they need while attending to your own family and responsibilities.
Aging or sick loved ones can put some strain on a family. But with the help of a healthcare aide, families can maintain their own quality of life while knowing that their family member is receiving the care they need.
In essence, healthcare aides become an extended part of the family. They’re caring, reliable, compassionate, and care for patients in a professional and helpful manner.
How to Recognize Healthcare Aides
Healthcare aides are indispensable. Not only should we thank and celebrate them on October 18, but all days throughout the year. Whether you know someone who is a healthcare worker, or if you’re the patient of one, there are many ways to show your appreciation.
1. Say thank you. Sometimes the simplest words and gestures have the biggest impact. Saying thank you to the healthcare aide in your life is heartfelt and meaningful. Let them know that their work is impactful and life-changing.
2. Sign a big thank you card. If you want to go beyond a verbal thank you, a large thank you card is another great option. Find a card that has the perfect words, or you can write your own message of thanks and appreciation.
Be sure to have several people sign the card. There’s power in numbers! Seeing so many messages of thanks can have a huge impact on a healthcare aide.
3. Create care packages. Healthcare aides live each day putting their own needs on the backburner. Many of them work endless hours, often skipping meals and missing appointments to ensure their clients’ needs are met. Care packages are a great way to show your appreciation.
Include things such as healthy snacks, tea, books, and other items that will come in handy.
4. Give a virtual thanks. We all know the power of social media. Why not use a social media platform to show your thanks and appreciation on October 18? Social media not only enables you to say thanks, but these platforms can also be used to spread awareness of Healthcare Aide Day so that more people get involved.
5. Host a banquet. If there are several healthcare aides that you want to celebrate at once, host a banquet to honor them. Provide food and invite all healthcare aides in the community to join. Nothing shows appreciation better than an event dedicated to celebrating these workers.
Healthcare Aides: Final Thoughts
On October 18 and beyond, let’s strive to thank and recognize those who dedicate their lives to helping others. Healthcare aides not only impact their patient’s lives but also countless family members who rely on them to care for their loved ones.
If you or a loved one has questions about navigating the landscape of geriatric care management and aging well, Reflections Management and Care is here to help. Contact us to talk about your options.