Impacting Healthcare Workers From Your Home
The world is changing before our eyes. COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down and everyone is adjusting to a new set of conditions.
In the world of Hospital Art, we are not unlike everyone else. Much like a boxing match, we were hit with a sucker punch that we didn’t see coming. It temporarily knocked the wind out of us, but we leaned in and began to fight our way back. From the outpouring of support from our volunteer base, we are energized by their desire to help those affected. We’ve received emails and calls, offering to do anything to help. The yearning is not only for patients, but also the front-line healthcare workers.
Though we have touted for many years that one of the biggest beneficiaries of hospital art is the doctors, nurses, and medical technicians, we are seeing widespread support globally for the tremendous work done by the healthcare profession. You cannot turn on the evening news without some form of testimonial about the valiant and brave work of someone on the front lines in the battle against this virus.
How can you help? Here are some of the ways that we’ve seen over the past month:
- Companies are ordering and sending Patient Packs to their employees’ homes. From there, the volunteers paint three of the panels and then donate it to a healthcare worker in their community. The healthcare worker paints the fourth panel.
- Friends and families are ordering and then splitting up the panels to be painted by individual homes. The finished murals are donated to a local hospital through community healthcare workers.
- High school students are uniting to paint a mural to honor National Guard medical personnel in their communities.
- Families are delivering Patient Packs to nursing homes, enabling the workers to pass panels onto family members that are secluded.
- Companies are planning for the eventual return of their employees to the office and are planning PaintFests®. Using social distancing guidelines, they will disperse paintings throughout the offices for their employees to paint for local healthcare workers.
We could go on and on with other examples, but this is a taste of what people are doing from the comfort of their homes. You may be sheltering in place, but you can make a difference.
Contact the FFHA office (678-324-1705) today to discuss how you can paint remotely and make an impact by helping brighten the spirits of a healthcare worker today!
Together, we will get through this and we will do it one brushstroke at a time.