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Health & Homecare’s new owners continue Valentine’s Day tradition

By Richard Rourk

Residents at local nursing homes are receiving a sweet gift for Valentine’s Day thanks to Health & Homecare of Erwin, which provided area nursing home residents with roses to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 12. “This is a tradition that dates back 14 years,” Health & Homecare COO Shelley Bailey said.

Photo Contributed/Home & Healthcare COO Shelley Bailey, Billing Manager Shannon Hughes, and Patient Care Coordinators Julia Bennett and Pam Lewis show off some of the baskets of roses delivered to residents at local nursing homes ahead of Valentine’s Day.

“We pride ourselves on taking care of the whole patient, with respiratory and home medical equipment to going the extra mile, which on Valentine’s Day meant surprise roses just to brighten someone’s day,” she added. “We started doing this after our former owner, who’s mother was in a nursing home, saw firsthand the joy that the residents got from receiving flowers on Valentine’s Day.” According to Bailey, this year will be a little different. “We really enjoyed seeing the residents when we brought the flowers in but this year we will not be able to go inside due to COVID-19.”

Bailey noted that this year, “We provided 27 dozen roses to area nursing home residents and have been able to bring smiles to faces of thousands with the tradition over the past 14 years.”

Bailey confirmed that new ownership at Health & Homecare is honoring previous owner Brian Glover’s vision. “We have three like-minded individuals who are excited to grow the business while staying aligned with Glover’s founding values of superior care and excellent customer service.

According to Health & Homecare President and co-owner, Jacob Swafford, it was a privilege to continue the Valentine’s Day tradition. “It’s an honor to continue Brian’s legacy and serve those with detailed medical needs throughout East Tennessee,” Swafford said. “We look forward to not only providing excellent medical care and services, but making a difference in the communities we serve as well. We hope the roses bring a smile to many faces this Valentine’s Day.”

Health & Homecare co-owner Justin Lyons said that the three owners are focused on expanding business into new markets. “Jacob, Brandon and I were all raised in Tennessee and understand the value in the volunteer spirit,” Lyons said. “Our goal is to provide superior, compassionate care with each interaction with our clients, just as we would expect someone to do for our families.” Health & Homecare co-owner Brandon O’Connor said that the future is bright for the respiratory and home medical equipment provider.

“Home & Healthcare has been a staple in East Tennessee communities for more than 20 years,” O’Connor said. “We are dedicated to the founding values of the business and we seek ways to help our communities, expand the business and provide exceptional patient care to our clients.”

Bailey is honored to be a part of this Valentine’s Day tradition. “There is no better way to show the appreciation to the community for their continued support, than to put smiles on over 300 faces at the nursing homes,” Bailey said. “For some ladies this is the only flower they would get all year long. We are excited about the new ownership and what the future looks like for Health & Homecare as we continue to meet the needs of our customers.”

For more information, visit Home & Healthcare at 629 North Main Avenue or call 423-743-2330.