"If the 24-hour in-home care giver takes care of the loved ones, who takes care of the caregiver?"
I am V.F. Hubbert, First Lady, Founder & CEO of KareGivers of America Welcome Center, a new non-profit organization. The 24-hour, in-home care giver will be allowed to take that much deserved break (two to four hours per month) at no cost to them, with the help of our sponsors, fundraising, and donations. They can request coverage from our partnering home health agency.
We want our care givers to take care of their own personal needs. This includes medical appointments, or they can come into our facility by appointment and relax.
Relax in our state-of-the-art relaxation recliners and listen to soft music, or just relax in silence while wearing noise-cancellation headsets.
Move your eyes over to the 55-gallon octagon aquarium filled with God’s colorful creations.
While in the tranquility of a quiet moment, the oxygenated plants that fill the room will take you to the Mother Addie Garden of Peace; all of this while letting the sounds of the waterfall that sits in the middle of the room captivate their hearing.
Then head to the art gallery where you can paint with a message.
Next, simply venture into the romantic, candle-lit Paris setting for a gentle massage. The yoga class is also a hit, and you can’t forget to stop by Mother Mary’s kitchen Nook for an hors d’oeuvre or two.
Participate in monthly meeting with a holistic therapeutic specialist just to talk through difficult times.
My memories of growing up in a household with two sisters that suffered with Sickle Cell Anemia. Both of my sisters Mary Ann our oldest sister and Frances our fourth oldest sister, would spend many months in and out of the hospital. This became a part of their daily lives.
My passion as a young care giver, started when I was only 12 years old. I shared a bedroom with one of my sisters, Frances. I remember being awakened by the painful crisis she experienced. She tried to stay quiet, not to disturb me, knowing I had to go to school.
However, her crisis grew stronger and stronger, more persistent and intense. The crisis had no respect for time, whether school day or weekend, 7 p.m. or 3 a.m. Frances was in so much pain. I could only lay in my bed, for so long before, I got up to help prepare my (paralyzed waist down) sister, Frances to go to the hospital again.
My care giving skills kicked in. How can I help?
When my roommate Frances would return home from the hospital, after spending 20 days or more there, she would try to get back to some type of normal. Happy with the many blood transfusions, she had plenty of pain medications to keep her crisis at a distance. I would enjoy helping her get dressed for church, family dinners, weddings, graduations and especially her July 13, Birthday celebrations, she enjoyed.
But, on September 5, 1980 Frances, my roommate was rushed to the hospital with yet another crisis, but, this time she did not return home. Frances, at age 30, died of a massive heart attack.
I feel my young care giving passion for my sister, and my party planning skills has turned into my purpose for others.
-V.F. Hubbert, First Lady, Founder & CEO
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