Shaista is an absolute powerhouse, y’all. She is not only the caregiver to her father and mother-in-law, but she co-founded Apna Ghar, a home care agency that specializes in in-home care for Detroit’s South Asian, Muslim, and immigrant community. She was inspired to found Apna Ghar due to the isolation and challenges she faced looking for the right kind of care for her father.
The CARE Fellowship is founded and will operate from the notion that family caregivers are experts in our own lives and struggles and, to that end, should speak for ourselves about both the individual challenges we face as well as the systemic solutions to those challenges. In order to do that, we think it’s pertinent to invest the time and resources into training people in why caregiving is so undervalued in the United States, how the work we will accomplish as this cohort forwards Caring Across Generations’ strategic plan, and building up everyone’s storytelling and communications chops to utilize representing Caring Across and, ideally, in other work you are a part of as well!
Dr. Shaista Kazmi
Some Services at a Glance
For our advanced level of care, our professional and experienced caregivers provide basic companion care plus assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADL), such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation assistance.
Our caregivers are available to provide 24-hour coverage, as long as they can sleep for eight hours per night and receive appropriate breaks
Peace of Mind Visit
Our unique Peace of Mind Visit program is a short visit each day to help clients with, among other things, bathing assistance, meal preparation, medication reminders, getting out of or in to bed, and “check-ins”.
We know it can be challenging for families when a member is discharged from a hospital. This service ensures that clients are guided through the outpatient surgery and recovery period.
Dr. Shaisti Kazmi Interview
TMO’s Samana Sheikh sat down with Shaisti Kazmi, the founder and president of Apna Ghar. Apna Ghar is a senior living care organization dedicated to serving elderly South Asian immigrants and their families.