The last thing families of patients in need of long-term medical care want to worry about is a place to live while themy beloved receives care, sometimes in another state. That’s why the founder of the Fair Haven Foundation, Amanda Milner, created Ada’s Place.
Ada’s place is at 1702 W. 16th St. near IU Simon Cancer Center and IU Methodist Hospital. It is designed to temporarily house families of patients receiving long-term medical treatment near Indianapolis.
“If you’re familiar with Ronald McDonald House, it’s very similar to that, except it serves adult patients and their families,” said Milner, a resident of Fishers. “One family that has to come to Ada’s Place is the one that goes to Indianapolis, usually for treatment at a downtown medical center. What we offer them is like a home away from home, very close to Simon Cancer Center and IU Methodist Hospital.
Ada’s Place has 12 suites that can accommodate up to 12 families with overnight accommodations.
“Each family has a private bedroom with a private bathroom and a kitchenette in their bedroom,” Milner said. “We really try to make sure that everything they need is there, so that they don’t have to worry about bringing things with them. It gives them a chance to have one less thing to worry about so that they can focus on what they need to do to help their loved one get better.
Ada’s Place joins the Fair Haven Foundation apartment program, which has been in existence since 2007 and is designed for longer stays. The average apartment stay is six weeks, while Ada’s Place is designed for overnight stays of up to seven days.
“It depends on the course of treatment, but we are working with social workers in hospitals who refer families to the stay,” Milner said. “As long as the doctor wants them to be here in Indianapolis, they are allowed to stay.”
Families can stay for free. Ada’s Place will also be able to temporarily accommodate families who are waiting for an apartment through Fair Haven for longer stays.
The Fair Haven Foundation was a saving grace for Dorine Culver and her husband, Greg, when Greg received treatment for leukemia. Although Greg succumbed to his battle in June 2014, Culver still remembers the kindness of the staff at Fair Haven.
Greg was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2012. In August 2012 he was at IU Methodist Hospital for a stem cell transplant.
“They like patients to come back every day or two to take blood and check vital signs and everything, but we lived two hours north in Fort Wayne,” said Culver, 57, who now lives. in Noblesville. “They provided information about Fair Haven and a place to stay, otherwise we should have found a hotel. We were looking to be (in Indianapolis) for a few months, so Fair Haven was a godsend. We were able to come in and get a unit, and they provided everything. It was way beyond what I expected.
Culver said Fair Haven made the apartment comfortable for Greg and that they provided books and movies to pass the time.
“They were right there for whatever needs anyone could think of,” Culver said. “Since losing my husband, I have stayed in touch with Fair Haven and made a donation. You live enough like that with your loved one who is going through what they are going through.
Milner also battled cancer. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2001, which ultimately led to her decision to found Fair Haven. Prior to her diagnosis, she worked as a medical technologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center as part of the bone marrow transplant program.
“I stopped working for a few years when my children were born, and then during that time I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma,” she said. “It was a difficult time to be diagnosed.”
Milner was recently divorced at the time with two children aged 2 and 1. She said she struggled with things like how to make mortgage payments, who would watch her children when she received treatment, and how to even access her treatments.
“I have seen God take care of me in so many ways with so many family and friends,” she said. “He provided friends to take me to treatment and help me with my kids or a place to live. Truly, Fair Haven was a way to give back to patients and families. Lots of Simon Cancer Center families travel here from all over the state and across the country, and they needed the same things that I felt lucky. This is what Fair Haven offers families.
To learn more, visit fairhavenfoundation.org.
Paris flea market fundraiser
The ninth annual Fair Haven Foundation fundraiser is the Paris flea market, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 6 and 7 in the building that once housed Kincaid’s, 14159, boul. Clay Terrace, Carmel.
The Parisian Flea Market is a shopping event inspired by the eclectic flea markets of Paris. It features hand-selected items such as mirrors, chandeliers, dinnerware, home accessories, furniture, estate jewelry, art, and other gift items.
“Really, it’s an amazing sale, a market where we have a committee that works all year round on collecting (items) used and they’re very selective, so it’s a really nice unique collection of these things. , and its price really good, “said Fair Haven Foundation Founder Amanda Milner.” People look forward to it all year round. “
The fundraising goal is $ 100,000. Tickets cost $ 5 and can be purchased online or at the door. Children under 16 are free. To learn more, visit fairhavenfoundation.org.