My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Gabriel House of care , Jacksonville, FL, USA
The Gabriel House of Care, a home for transplant (and cancer) patients and their caregivers. I am a caregiver for my wife Karin who has undergone liver cancer treatment, two liver transplants and one kidney transplant. As my life changed from working 12 hour days for the U.S. Government, I had to adapt to a 24/7 hands on new experience to care for my Karin. The Gabriel House provided the healing atmosphere and all the essential living conditions and housing accommodation to enable me to focus on Karin's Mayo Clinicl meetings, appointments, lab visitations and medical consults and most importantly convalescing.. The Gabriel House is on the Mayo campus, the House is a secure wellness facility with scheduled transportation for the caregiver and patient to utilize for all appointments. The leadership of the Gabriel House directed by Valerie Callahan is top notch. Valerie and her staff are knowledgeable, compassionate and sensitive to all the illnesses of patients. Trained volunteers provide a wonderful support for all matters from front desk, kitchen assistance, laundry, supply room and eagerly provide overall guidance for any kind of question or problem. The facility also has a professional gym workout room, an office for internet, copying machine, meeting room and a room for prayer and meditation. The facility grounds are one of a kind, flowers, gorgeous trees and lake for resting, walking and meditation, as a caregiver I needed all the space Gabriel provides to relieve the stress and attempt to understand my new role and mission in life. Today, as my caregiving continues from home I feel very confident that my wife's future appointments at the Mayo Clinic will be made more pleasant and enjoyable with a stay at the Gabriel House.