Diamonds Home Health Care is a community-based small health care agency providing in-home care to adults and seniors. Diamonds applied for and received a Longfellow Business Association (LBA) financial grant, made possible by donations from ADX Labs and others. Diamonds also benefitted from community support through Rebuild Longfellow.
The ADX team wanted to hear Diamonds' story, so we met with Lynnette Lais RN (Director of Clinical Services) and Amina Osman (Owner Representative and Assistant HR Director).
ADX: This has been an awful time for so many Longfellow businesses. How has the Longfellow community supported your rebuilding effort?
Diamonds: Early in the pandemic, most aid went to long-term care facilities, and not so much to small home care agencies like Diamonds. After the civil unrest, our front glass was damaged, and we needed a new security system. The LBA was so helpful to small businesses like Diamonds. Kim Jakus from the LBA did an on-site visit and told us about the types of support they could offer. The LBA grant helped us replace the glass and install a security system. LBA's support was the turning point for us.
In addition to financial support, Diamonds also received donations of PPE and we even received web development assistance from the community.
ADX: What changes would you like to see in the community?
Diamonds: We continue to operate in what feels like a war zone. There are some businesses that will not open for another year. There are some like Diamonds that really need support to stay open. Safety is still a major concern for businesses in the area. More than 24 businesses were looted recently which unfortunately
was last straw for a lot of owners.
ADX: What services does Diamonds offer to the community?
Diamonds: We offer a Registered Nurse concierge service, which is in-home nursing services as well as the Personal Care Assistant (PCA) community
health care program.
ADX: Any closing thoughts?
Diamonds: Our community will build back better and stronger through tough times like this. And if there is anything that Diamonds can do to give back to the community, we would love the chance to so.
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