Our trained volunteers provide transportation to medical and other appointments, grocery shopping assistance, respite for primary care givers, minor home repairs, installation of safety bars and wheelchair ramps, reassurance calls, friendly visitation and other non-medical but essential services. All of our services are free to qualifying residents regardless of age, income, race or religion.
The services offered by Kindness, Inc. do not duplicate the services of any other agency for which the requesting care receiver may be eligible.
Our agency is governed by a Board of Directors and staffed by two full-time employees. Volunteers come from many faith congregations; financial support from foundations, charitable trusts, several area churches, social and civic groups and from individuals. Several youth groups also assist in special events to benefit Kindness, Inc. care receivers.
The benefits we provide the Baxter and Marion counties are numerous, including...
We are often asked to personify the typical recipient of our services. One care receiver stands out in our mind. He epitomizes the reason why agencies such as ours are so important.
Joseph was devastated. The love of his life was gone. He refused to move back to be nearer his sons and their families. He loved his home and gardens and he loved fishing. His only difficulty was being dependent on his friends. Joseph tended to his home and gardens. He still went fishing with his friend, and the friend and his wife included him in their weekly shopping trips. Occasionally, they invited him along when they went out to dinner. Joseph hated to make a pest of himself so he never asked for more. Not realizing that he needed anything more, his friends didn’t offer anything else.
When his prescription for blood pressure medication was gone, he needed to see his doctor again. But he didn’t want to be a bother so he just didn’t make an appointment. When his sons came to visit, he told them he was doing fine. "Yes, yes," he would say, "my blood pressure is just fine." Joseph felt that when they came to visit it would spoil their vacation if he asked them to take him to the doctor. For seven years, he kept up this giant fib.
One day in 1999, a neighbor on his way to the bait shop saw Joseph under a large shrub and presumed Joseph was working in his yard. However, the neighbor saw him in the same position twenty minutes later on his return. He stopped to see what Joseph was doing and ended up calling the paramedics. Joseph had suffered a stroke.
After the hospital stay, Joseph spent several weeks in a nursing home that offered rehab treatment. When he came home, the hospital 'home health' nurse visited with him. She called our offices and told us Joseph’s story. She had set up lab work and a doctor’s appointment and she needed help from our agency to see that Joseph kept the appointments. There were also appointments to get his hearing aid fixed and for his vision check up. We talked with the nurse about how this happened all too often in our area.
As sad as his story is, Joseph is one of the lucky ones. Not everyone who neglects their health for seven years makes it to the ER in time. But Joseph’s stroke didn’t have to happen at all. Regular check ups and proper medication would have prevented it. Had Joseph known about Kindness, Inc., he would have been able to see his doctor regularly.