As a morale booster to residents, employees and nurses alike, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice is going to three Lakeway Area skilled care facilities Tuesday.

Smoky Mountain will have prayer circles at each of three skilled care facilities beginning at 10 a.m. at Heritage Center, followed by Regency Retirement Village at 1 p.m. and Life Care Center of Morristown at 3 p.m.

The prayers will be conducted by Smoky Mountain’s Morristown office and chaplain.

Prayer vigils and circles have gone on in other parts of the country, including Kokomo, Indiana; Marshall, Texas; Newberry County, South Carolina; Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania and others.

Rachel Jones of Smoky Mountain’s Morristown office realizes how skilled care facilities residents and employees have endured the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year and how much of a toll it has taken.

“We just want to show our support to the Morristown community through the pandemic,” Jones said. “Those folks are shut in and isolated. The healthcare workers have been affected by this and are trying to take care of others.”

Since the pandemic, the residents of the nursing homes have not been allowed to see their families and loved ones up close, except through outside glasses, due to COVID-19.

Smoky Mountain got the idea of a prayer circle through the evening of “Prayer and Praise” event at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System last year.

“They did that at the hospital and had a big turnout,” Jones said. “We are really excited to be doing this.”

Smoky Mountain will gauge interest to see if the prayer circles will be offered at its other Lakeway Area skilled care facilities it serves.

“It’s a hard time for everybody,” she said. “We’re going to see how it goes on whether we offer this at the other facilities.”