Aware Senior Care Gives Back
You can tell a lot about the character of an organization by looking at how they give back to their community. Gina and I admire people and organizations that give back through donations and hands-on volunteer work. It speaks volumes about who they are. It not only inspires you to be like them but also makes you consider doing business with them over an organization not involved in their community.
When Gina and I started Aware in 2014 one of our strategic goals was to immerse ourselves in the Cary and Raleigh community and give as much as we could in donations, volunteer work, and free education. We thought we would share with you some of the things we’ve done and the acknowledgement we’ve received in our community.
We’ve been blessed with multiple awards in home care from the key major home care review organizations such as Home Care Pulse, SeniorAdvisor.com, and Caring.com. Those awards are a testimony to our employees for providing exceptional care to our families.
In 2017 we were humbled to be honored by our Cary Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year. With all the wonderful small businesses associated with our Chamber, it was a big honor. A key review item in the application was giving back to the community.
In 2017 Aware Senior Care donated $7,000 dollars to not-for-profit organizations we work with. We admire them for how they help families and people live purposeful lives, even beyond senior care. People can suffer from traumatic brain injuries, experience a stroke, suffer from dementia, etc. at an early age that requires help and services from Aware Senior Care and the great organizations in our circle of support.
Since inception, Aware Senior Care has donated both money and hands-on help to the following organizations in the Triangle:
- Dorcas Ministries
- Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited
- The Center for Volunteer Caregiving
- Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (formally Alzheimer’s NC, Inc.)
- Transitions Guiding Lights
- Transitions Life Care
- Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
- National Parkinson’s Association
- Life Experiences in Cary (Downs Syndrome)
Service Above Self
Tim is a member of the wonderful Cary-Kildaire Rotary. Rotary members share the mantra of “service above self.” That saying is part of what Aware Senior Care is all about and we thought we would share some of the community projects and boards we are part of.
Triangle Aphasia Project Board Membership: In March 2017, Gina joined the board of Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited. TAP is a community-based nonprofit organization that helps individuals with aphasia, their families and friends, and the community. Individuals with aphasia receive support and programming that helps them return to the community with improved communicative confidence and full engagement. TAP offers the program Learn to Speak Aphasia© for family/friends, healthcare providers, and businesses to increase access to community services for people with aphasia. Besides Gina’s election to the board, Tim volunteered to lead TAP’s Marketing and Awareness Committee.
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina Board Membership: In June 2018 Tim was selected to become a board member of the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina (formally Alzheimer’s of NC, Inc.). The mission of DANC is to improve lives of caregivers, those living with dementia, and other North Carolinians impacted by dementia, engaging and empowering them through support, education, and research.
Cary Chamber of Commerce Involvement: We annually participate in the Chamber Expo, but our biggest community service is helping with the Chamber Day of Service. Last year we helped a family with care and reorganization (from the CVCG) where the client has early Alzheimer’s. This year we will help with work in the home installing grab bars and other items to help support a disabled person at home.
Church Educational Seminars and Support: We held educational home care seminars and panels with over sixteen churches in Cary and Raleigh last year. It is important to reach out to the churches in our community since parishioners reach out to the Church if they need help in living at home. Our mission is to educate about the wonderful resources in the community that can help. Churches that we have visited include:
- St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Cary
- First United Methodist Church Cary
- Westwood Baptist Church Cary
- Millbrook United Methodist Church Raleigh
- White Memorial Presbyterian Church Raleigh
- Temple Beth Or Raleigh
- Hayes Barton Baptist Church Raleigh
- Providence Baptist Church Raleigh
- Redeeming Love Baptist Church Raleigh
Cary Memory Cafe: Tim is a member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and is a board member of the Cafe, for which he volunteers every third Tuesday. The five Rotary Clubs sponsor a great gift to caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s: every third week the Cafe holds a dinner and entertainment. Tim is currently working to form a nonprofit for the Cafe.
Cary-Kildaire Rotary: Tim is a member of this “service above self” Rotary group. The group meets every Thursday night at 6 PM at the Mayton Inn. Tim is currently a board member chairing the vocational committee. The Rotary’s primary contribution to the Cary community is awarding scholarships to deserving kids in Cary high schools. With the proceeds from fundraising, the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club has awarded over $312,000 in scholarships since 1986.
Cary and Raleigh Senior Center Seminars: Each year Aware Senior Care volunteers time to hold various seminars at both the Raleigh and Cary Senior Centers on topics helpful to seniors to live well at home. We always post our presentations on our website and anyone can view them. Topics have included:
- Live Well at Home
- Eat Well at Home
- Move Well at Home
- Think Well and Stress Less at Home
- Sleep Well at Home
We Serve Veterans
Tim is a veteran and comes from a family of veterans. In 2017 we were approved by the VA to be part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Choice Program, allowing Aware Senior Care to provide home health care to veterans funded directly by the VA. We were also honored to be screened and selected to join the NCServes Central Carolina network as a provider with a commitment to improving services for veterans throughout Central Carolina.
NCServes Central Carolina is a coordinated network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and their families in Central Carolina, from Raleigh to Fayetteville and through the Triad. The network includes more than 70 providers, including Aware Senior Care, that can assist with housing and emergency services, recreation and fitness, financial capabilities, and more. Aware Senior Care will assist veterans with professional in-home care services.