Mission and Purpose
Our mission and purpose is twofold:
- To serve the needs of neighborhoods and communities by establishing and equipping easily accessible facilities in which wellness services can be provided, and
- To establish and provide programs and services geared towards preventing and treating the effects of caregiver burnout, compassion fatigue, and stress related to caring for others.
Statement of Need
Neighborhoods and small communities are in need of easily accessible centers for meeting the wellness needs of community members. Many communities find that their members would benefit from educational offerings around healthy lifestyle choices, leading edge concepts surrounding health and wellness (e.g. health benefits of meditation), sustainability practices for households, and other topics. Services that may benefit the neighborhood or community include pet-sitting and dog-walking, last minute child care, neighborhood WiFi management and computer literacy education for seniors, small community garden with suggested recipes, group meditation area and guidance, resource library and referral point for other community resources. In addition, such a center would be ideal to house programs such as Neighborhood Transitional Post-Operative Care Assistance, and All-Inclusive Wellness Experiences.
Staff operating such centers should be highly experienced and aware of the health and wellness needs of their community members. Staff should be available on a 24/7 basis. Retired or semi-retired persons from the health care industry would be ideal and could include such persons as:
- Physician Assistants
- Social workers and other therapists
- Medical students or Residents in training
- Anyone interested and experienced in some area of health and wellness
Facilities would be centrally located in the neighborhood or community, and might include small to medium sized homes, which would be remodeled or arranged to provide some or all of the services listed below to community members.
All services would be non-clinical in nature and would not require any particular certification or liability insurance. These would be available at no cost to community members and could include:
-Meditation area and guidance
-Meditative art classes for children and adults
-“Help yourself” garden in front yard with suggested recipes
-Resource library and referral point for other community resources
-Management and upkeep of the facility
-Management of Neighborhood rummage and trade items
-Healthy eating classes; topics would include:
*Juicing and fasting
*Plant based eating
*Anti-inflammatory foods and lifestyle
*Growing your own food
*Transitioning to alternative food choices
*Using food as medicine
Other Possible Services (May be Fee-based)
There are multiple services that such a center could provide. Many of these are usually fee-for-service, and could be a source of income for the staff, depending on their level of interest and expertise.
- Pet-sitting, on or off site
- Dog walking
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Alternative low-risk practices such as Reiki, aromatherapy, feng shui
- Last-minute child care
- Management of neighborhood WiFi, hosting computer workstations, teaching of computer skills to seniors
Health Professionals and Caregivers:
Many doctors and other health professionals and caregivers struggle to find balance in their stressful careers. The rates of burnout and resultant disability and sense of loss of meaningful purpose are on the rise. Community Helping Hands strives to provide programs and services to assist those who wish to take a break and learn new skills that they can bring to their practice or transform the way that they provide service.
All-Inclusive Wellness Experience Hosting
Health professionals staffing our centers would be trained to provide the above listed services to community members. This training would be given via a three to seven day wellness experience and would address the following and other areas:
• Recovery from burn-out and lifestyle stress
• Transitioning to plant-based or other healthy nutritional choices
• Practicing sustainable lifestyle changes
• Training and certification in Reiki
• Meditation and Sustainability Intensive
These experiences would also be available to anyone wishing to partake in them on an a la carte basis.
Neighborhood Transitional Post-Operative Care Assistance
Community members undergoing major hospital procedures (e.g. knee or hip replacement, back fusion, etc.) often wish they had more support upon hospital discharge than what their families or loved ones can provide. Their needs are often less than what would be found in a rehabilitation facility, but more than what the average family home can accommodate. Our facilities would be fully handicapped accessible, with medical equipment (shower chairs, toilet risers, cold therapy machines and the like) and dedicated staff available to assist with a more comfortable recovery. This would decrease the need for members to purchase these items for themselves or to hire outside caregivers.
Each Community Helping Hands facility would have staff that would be trained to provide for the needs of members while they recover. Members could stay at the Center, where staff would provide for their immediate needs upon hospital discharge. This would include providing or assisting with meal preparation, assisting with ambulation to bathroom, encouraging appropriate activity post-op, adjusting position in bed, help with applying ice packs, reminders to take medication, and other such duties. Members would stay at the center until they are ready to go to their home. Staff would support family members by providing caregiving advice and instruction. Staff would be available to accompany community members to doctor’s appointments and assist in continuity of care.
Staff would also be available to make “house calls” to those neighborhood homes in which members were in need of less intensive services, such as when a person is recovering from an outpatient procedure.
Facilities would consist of small to medium-sized homes located centrally in the neighborhood. These could be homes that have been listed for sale, or already owned by people who are interested in converting their home and becoming staff for the Center. Some would optimally be single level. All facilities would have ample parking. Each home would be equipped with:
• Teaching kitchen
• Meditation area
• Resource library area
• Private bedrooms with bath (at least two)
• Sustainable practices
• Facilities for pets
• Garden/outdoor space
Staffing would consist of one permanent, semi-permanent, or rotating live-in person, couple, or small family. Duties and responsibilities would be outlined as above under Services. Benefits would include free housing and free membership in the homeowner’s association.
Community Integration and Income Generation
The center would be affiliated with and supported in part by the neighborhood or community homeowner’s association. Costs associated with running and maintaining the facility would be borne by proceeds from the Neighborhood Transitional Post-Operative Care Assistance and All-Inclusive Wellness Experience Programs as well as donations from the community.
The substantial fees required by rehabilitation center level care would be significantly decreased in a community transitional facility such as ours, and would range between $200-$800 per day, depending on the level of care needed. Sliding scale and scholarship programs would be available if needed, and no one would be turned away for inability to pay.
A typical All-Inclusive Wellness Experience Program of this caliber would generate upwards of $200 per day through a service like AirBnB. Additional experiences and training in the facility would be available to add on a la carte, generating additional income.