Emotional Wellbeing

Mandy Kloppers

5 Ways to Show Support to your Health Care Responders

Health care responders are constantly putting their lives in danger to protect the lives of others. They put their safety aside for everybody else. Show your support to these unique heroes by following the five tips you are about to read.

Follow the Guidelines Set by the CDC

The healthcare system is already too overwhelmed by the influx of infected people flooding the hospitals. You can do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest simple strategies to safeguard yourself and others.

 

While you’re at home and avoiding social contact, there are a few basic things you can do daily to lower your risk of being ill:

 

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands, especially after coming into contact with others or touching your face. The World Health Organization’s illustration illustrates how to wash your hands.
  • Not into your hand, but your elbow or a tissue.
  • Keep your hands away from your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Consume a nutritious, well-balanced diet.
  • Take plenty of rest.
  • Maintain good physical health with at-home workouts.

Ensure that you continue to get your social time in! Virtual happy hours, meet-ups, and games are enjoyable ways to stay connected with friends and family members who live far away.

Order them Pizza

Who doesn’t like a good slice of pizza once in a while? A simple way to show your appreciation for healthcare workers is to order a slice of pizza and deliver it to them at a local hospital. You can also donate a fresh pizza to a local care facility.

 

Some restaurants have a delivery service that delivers a pizza straight to a hospital’s front desk. A reusable container makes the process easy and quick. You can include a message printed on the box’s lid or even a link to a video message.

Donate Blood

Ten percent less blood has been donated to the Red Cross since March 2020, contributing 40% of the country’s blood supply. You can help by donating blood. Altruism and volunteering have been related to better health outcomes, including a lower risk of depression and greater longevity.

 

Most people donate because it makes them feel good to help others. Additionally, it gives you a sense of accomplishment throughout the COVID-19 crisis. If you’ve had the COVID-19 vaccine, you can safely donate blood.

 

A positive COVID-19 diagnostic test within the last 14 days is sufficient, but you must be two weeks free of symptoms to be considered safe. However, you are advised not to give blood if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever or cough.

 

It is safe to donate blood since donors must wear a face mask protecting their nose and mouth regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Offer Them Financial and Emotional Support

When it comes to giving appreciation to healthcare workers, one of the most important things you can do is offer a gift. While the recipients may appreciate food, PPE kits, or supporting them through programs such as nurse entrepreneurs, keep in mind that these workers are often under stress.

 

It is not always advisable to overburden them, and you should give them space to take care of themselves. However, if you want to show your appreciation, consider buying a thoughtful gift.

 

Help Educate the Community on Health Issues

Become involved with local healthcare organizations. Community health centers aim to educate residents about preventive care, provide essential services, and enroll residents in insurance. This way, they can decrease the need for expensive emergency care.

 

Healthcare workers can help the community by running fundraisers and advocating for effective health policies. Working with local businesses and neighborhoods can create awareness about mental illness and other problems and educate the community about available resources.

 

This is especially important during an outbreak of the coronavirus. The information they provide can help shape healthcare policies and delivery methodologies. In addition to providing quality care, these professionals can also educate the community about health issues.

Conclusion

Health care should never be taken for granted—helping your local responders can make a lasting, positive impact on their ability to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. You never know who might need their help—be a hero and lend them a helping hand any way you can. Just remember to stay safe in the process!

 

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