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Serving Brooklyn’s Diverse Communities

January 4, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette


Brooklyn’s a pretty diverse place, to say the least.

So it perhaps should be no surprise that HamaspikCare’s Downstate division, with offices servicing the many tribes of Brooklyn, has of late been seeing an influx of Hindu immigrants.

These New Americans of Indian heritage are increasingly approaching HamaspikCare with an eye towards securing CDPAS for their honored parents, reports HamaspikCare Downstate Director of Outreach Ben Kolman.

That program, an acronym for Consumer Directed Personal Aide Service, allows seniors and qualifying others (such as accident/injury victims, or the chronically ill) in need of a hand at home or about town to get personal aides in the form of their own family members, including their own adult children.

(A new law spearheaded by New York State Sen. Simcha Felder, going into effect in April of 2016, will actually allow parents of adult children with disabilities to serve their own grown kids as CDPAS aides.)

Thanks to a recent chance encounter between Mr. Kolman and several members of Brooklyn’s Hindu community, whom the HamaspikCare leader met at a local home health aide (HHA) training program, HamaspikCare has become an agency of choice to that niche demographic.

For Kolman, informing the Gazette of the development by phone, it’s all part of serving as broad a community base as possible. Scanning his e-mail while still speaking to this editor, more of that service unfolds. “I just got another referral,” he says.

For more information about HamaspikCare home-care services in Brooklyn or to inquire about employment, please call 1-855-HAMASPIK (426-2774).