VP Boakai Graces Opening of Old Folks, Others Home in Liberia

- Called for concerted efforts to sustain it

Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai and Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves

The Providence Baptist Church (where Liberia’s Declaration of Independence was signed) has another reason to glorify God as a home for the aged, chronically ill and disabled was recently launched and dedicated there.

Serving as the keynote speaker at the launch of “Aachen Home Care Liberia,” Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai thanked the church, particularly its Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, for the innovation and sacrifice for fellow Liberians who are desperately in need of better care as they enter and go through old age and illness.

“We are here to launch the first of its kind, a home care service outfit that will cater to our relatives and friends who are chronically ill, elderly and or disabled,” VP Boakai said, adding that the home could also cater to him or a family member or relative in the future.

“Because we do not want any segment of our population to be left behind, I find it a fulfilling experience to participate in this launching exercise which embodies an empathic statement,” VP Boakai noted.

He said it is a heart-warming news that the Baptist Church has risen to the occasion of providing long term homecare, companionship, recreation, meal preparation and feeding, medication reminder, monitoring of vital signs, hygiene assistance and escort to doctor visits for those desperately in need of such services in Liberia.

“We perform this launching here today with high hopes that it marks the planting of the seed of an industry that will flourish so that we can visit dignity upon our elderly and the disabled,” he said.

“In an economy so depressed as ours, emerging from self-destructive civil conflicts, struggling our way through a host of hurdles on our way to restoring pre-war standards, the elderly and disabled usually find themselves at the short end of developments. It is their welfare that is usually, advertently or inadvertently, shelved in the allocation of resources and focus on the needs and the care for sustenance,” the UP standard bearer pointed out.

For his part, the founder and chief executive officer of Aachen Home Care Liberia, Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, said as the institution is a first of its kind in the country, they are committed to making sure that the loved ones of many families receive the needed help as they recover from life’s setbacks.

“Aachen provides direct care and education to help patients manage illnesses and avoid complications on the road to restoration, healing, recovery or wellness practices,” Dr. Reeves said.

He said the homecare institution specializes in providing private duty assistance with activities of daily living and independent activities to the elderly, chronically ill, disabled and homebound clients.

“Our highly professional team of skilled, loving companions, sitters, Certified Nurse Aids and Registered Nurses, are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the best in homecare services while maintaining their independence,” the Baptist prelate said, noting also that family members will have peace of mind knowing that his team of co-workers will always provide comfort and companionship to their loved ones in Aachen’s care.

“Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, carefully chosen, and closely monitored by our professionally trained staff and we provide hourly, daily, weekly and monthly services, which promote healing and longevity,” Dr. Reeves said.

Although cost for services was not discussed, the Providence Baptist Church Pastor said costs will be minimal to provide the required services.

The Home Care services will be provided at the church’s main edifice on Broad Street in Monrovia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.


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