Each day, we are witness to tragic scenes playing out in hospitals and long-term care communities as the coronavirus spreads across our state. We will never get used to seeing families conversing through nursing home windows with relatives who can no longer receive visitors, final farewells exchanged via Facetime, funeral services attended from cars.

As we consider those events, I would like to take a moment to honor the long-term care professionals who provide advice, comfort, friendship, care and love to these families – often at incredible risk to their own safety. These individuals are more than heroes – they are the embodiment of selfless public service.

Eric Essley, is president and CEO of LeadingAge Indiana, an association of nonprofit human service organizations providing health care, housing and other services to aging Hoosiers.

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