August Capitol Report Newsletter Shines Spotlight on Home Care Heroes

Situation Report | September 8, 2020

The August edition of HCA’s monthly Capitol Report newsletter for the state Legislature and state officials focuses exclusively on HCA’s #HomeCareHeroes campaign in an effort to raise awareness about the extraordinary work of individuals in home care and hospice during an extraordinary time.

Honorees include over 30 individuals who were also recognized during a moment of reflection and celebration at HCA’s recent Virtual Annual Conference on August 25 and 26, attended by approximately 300 people gathered together for learning, collaboration and support for core goals.

“Through our Home Care Heroes campaign, we’ve heard stories of aides, nurses and therapists stepping up — and into — new roles, overlooking personal dangers and fear to cover for sick colleagues, knowing that many of their patients, too, were sick during the pandemic and needed help; knowing also that entering a patient’s home may put their own lives at risk,” said HCA President Al Cardillo in remarks at the conference. “They’ve shined as problem solvers, preparing new policies and procedures for infection control in response to fast-evolving information. They’ve mentored one another, and raced to secure PPE, even traveling thousands of miles to track down sources of basic supplies to keep their teams safe.”

“They’ve shown exceptional volunteerism,” he added. “They’ve educated their patients and families. They’ve worked through tears, loss and anguish all around them.”

HCA is still receiving new entries for our #HomeCareHeroes recognition campaign and will be posting them on our website and social media soon. Please watch for them and share their stories widely.