Cerna’s President, Mike Friedman took a call from UCI hospital. The call would forever change the lives of a young man, his family and everyone at Cerna HQ.
The call concerned Mike Henry, a 26-year-old going through an incredibly dark time. He lived with his parents. He had been reclusive in his bedroom for weeks. During those weeks, he stared at the walls, he did not bathe, and he was non-verbal. His family could not reach him, nor did they have the tools to even begin to know how. Mike’s condition stemmed from a brain injury, depression and psychological issues. After speaking with UCI, Marc Friedman then spoke with Mike’s family; Cerna took on his case.
That was three years ago.
Cerna Home Care operates a board & care facility in Irvine, California. However, “facility” is too clinical a name for this space of love and nurturing. It is indeed a “home” where the people who are cared for – and their caretakers, have grown to be a family. The home is staffed with devoted Cerna caregivers that have strong attachments with residents and their families. One such Cerna caregiver is Bora Pov.
Cerna Home Care lent their support, time and hearts to the 2016 Irvine Walk to Defeat ALS. It is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event to raise funds for local chapters. The funds raised from the walk sustain care services and support research for much of the following year.
Caring for a person with a cognitive impairment or traumatic brain injury can be counter intuitive. Innately, the response is to guard, protect and keep him or her secure at home. After decades, a family learned living in their injured family member’s world was the only way for them all to live – and flourish, thanks to a top San Diego neurologist and Cerna Home Care.
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month.
“By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million — a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million age 65 and older affected in 2015.”
– Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Facts & Figures
Everyone with a brain is at risk of Alzheimer’s. Learn the facts about Alzheimer’s:
Have you ever been holed-up in your home for a couple days? Maybe you were sick, or made the choice to binge watch 6 seasons of your favorite TV show. Inevitably, that restless feeling nags at you – innately prodding you to seek fresh air and human contact. It’s a privilege that we can take for granted – our mobility – our ability to connect – our “human-ness.”