Sharing Gratitude During a Challenging Year

As we collectively have folded our Thanksgiving tablecloths away and filled ourselves with leftovers, it is a great time to reflect on what a tumultuous year it has been and count our blessings for what we have. 

November was National Home Care and Hospice month, and VIP America is using the occasion to acknowledge some of the unsung heroes of the pandemic. The people who go out of their way to help others who are often alone or sick deserve so much more than the doughnuts we delivered as a token of our appreciation for what they do.

As we all know, 2020 has seen record numbers of hospitalizations and a staggering number of Covid-19 cases that, unfortunately, continues to climb. But it has also been a year of slowing down, sticking together and really taking some time away from the once familiar hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

We are seeing now more than ever that caregivers near and far are a necessity for our aging population. Older adults are projected to outnumber children under age 18 for the first time in U.S. history by 2034, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. And, as the elderly population grows so does the demand for caregivers. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Overall employment of home health aides and personal care aides is projected to grow 36 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

In addition to the demand for caregivers, countless studies have shown that seniors prefer to age in place in the comforts of their own homes. This could be credited to lower infection risks, cost effectiveness, as well as comfortability and familiarity. 

Right now, there are more than 33,000 dedicated home health care workers across the country providing an invaluable service for the growing demand of approximately 12 million who require in home care. As a small way of showing our gratitude for their hard work and dedication, we stopped by Hope Hospice in Fort Myers to share some sweet treats and a few mask-covered smiles. 

In an uncertain year with an even more unknown future, we can always count on the helpers, but sometimes, they need a little extra appreciation. We implore you to thank a caregiver, friendly neighbor, nurse, hospice worker, or grocery store clerk, as we all get through this year and beyond.  As the late great Mr. Rogers once said “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

So, indeed, we found those who were helping by caring at Hope Hospice. VIP America salutes Hope Hospice for caring and helping. Each of you are encouraged to reach out to a helper you know or may encounter and say “Thank You”. Those two simple words carry a lot of power.