by Renisha James
So what happens when HIV has turned into full blown AIDS and you can no longer take care of yourself independently? Everyday tasks become extremely difficult and your mental state is hanging by a thread. This image is not well-known in our media or mainstream news, accept to those who are close to a family member or friend who suffers from the most advanced stages of the effects of HIV or AIDS. When a member of their community can no longer live independently or their family, friends or partner can no longer provide care, the Hope House of St. Croix Valley in Stillwater, Minnesota steps in.
Mission of Hope House:
Hope House of St. Croix Valley provides a non-judgmental home with compassionate care,
respecting the dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Hope House has been a leader in the HIV/AIDS community of Minnesota, working financially to stabilize the adult foster care model. It provides a home-like care environment conducive to holistic care. The residents of Hope House receive:
- Assistance with daily living activities – personal care, cooking, mofility, transportation
- Food, lodging, protection, household services
- Social and recreational activities
- 24-hour care-partnering services supervised by a Care Director
- Holistic care, providing for the physical, psycho-social, and spiritual needs of each individual, including medication supervision and cash management. Pastoral care and bereavement services are available upon request.
What’s great about this organization is its commitment to those residents of the community who medically have nowhere else to go. The Hope House understands that HIV/AIDS is a devastating disease with a stigma of shame. After friends and family have left and taking care of oneself is no longer an option, this organization will assist you in keeping your dignity, while providing the best care possible. For more info about the Hope House of St. Croix Valley, visit: www.hopehousesvc.org