By Kyla Hurt
The afternoon is meant to recognize and express thanks to every level and type of individual who has worked alongside the challenges and even heartaches or health scares of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a Healthcare Appreciation Day is being held jointly by two area care facilities. Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab, along with Home Instead, will be co-sponsoring the event, which is being held in the front parking lot of Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab at 1517 W. Walnut St.
Home Instead Community Outreach Coordinator Tiffany White comments, “We really want to make sure about this event is this is not just for doctors and nurses. They are so important, but during this pandemic there have been other healthcare workers who have been like their support … that have kept them going so they could be on the frontlines. So, we’re talking about home care providers … healthcare workers from the facilities and even individuals who we don’t always think about like the custodial staff, the food service staff, the laundry, the maintenance … if you worked for a healthcare provider or in healthcare during the pandemic and you’ve got your badge, we want to honor you because they helped keep things going, as well. I really think about the custodial … they had a big job.”
White stresses that this is also a community event. People are welcome to bring family members or friends; it is not solely restricted to those who work in the healthcare industry.
They have organized some extra treats for the day. The Los Rancheros Taco Truck will be dishing up delicious Mexican food while The Dawg Haus Food Truck serves up Chicago style hot dogs. Plus, you will find kettle corn and free snow cones and cotton candy. A bonus for the healthcare workers, explains White, is that each worker can show his or her healthcare ID badge to receive a free food item. As a note, additional food items or food items for those who are not healthcare workers need to be purchased.
“We will have prizes and giveaways. There will be two pools of items, bigger items for the healthcare workers and then additional items for others. There will be a lot of opportunities to win things for everyone. It’s honoring healthcare workers, but the community can get things, as well,” adds White.
Community organizations are invited to set up tables and act as resources, White says. State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer or someone from his office has committed to attend at some point, along with WLDS doing a remote feed. White notes that masks are required and reminds everyone to please practice social distancing.
So, come out if you can. Join Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab along with Home Instead for their Healthcare Appreciation Day on Friday, May 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Jacksonville Skilled Nursing and Rehab, located at 1517 W. Walnut St.