Growing up, no one had to tell or remind Gloria A. Hunter to respect her elders.
For Hunter, demonstrating dignity and respect and adoration for the older people from various walks of life became virtually second nature to her.
By all accounts, not only was Hunter, a native of Ghana (in West Africa), raised in a Christian-oriented setting but, above all, amongst the notable attributes and qualities about which she was taught was to learn all she can — while she can — from individuals who were far much older than she is.
All of which is to say that to her credit, this devoted woman of faith essentially is walking in her destiny, thus savoring the abundant life Christ came to give her.
“I love the seniors because they have so much to tell, and I get a chance to listen to and learn from them,” Hunter told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I visit my clients and my care givers once a week and sit with them and talk to them. I don’t sit behind my fancy desk all day, sending everyone else to work.”
Raised in West Chester County, New York, Hunter, 40, is alluding in large part to her fledging business as owner and chief executive officer of Infinity Health Care Services.
Based in Morrisville, Pennylvania, Infinity Health Care Services is a skilled in-home care agency that provides an assortment of medical and non-medical home health and personal care services to seniors, elderly, mentally and physically challenged adults, among others.
According to Hunter, who runs her business venture with the strong support of her husband, Mark Hunter, the mission for which Infinity Health Care Services was established is geared largely through coordinated care and support for clients and their families.
Moreover, she acknowledged that Infinity HCS enables individuals to remain in the safety and comfort of their own home environment for as long as possible.
“We also serve clients that are transitioning back home from assisted living setting or from a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation facility,” Gloria Hunter said. “This business allows me to think of new ways I can put a spin to home care. I’m always coming up with new ideas for both my employees and clients. I say my employees, because I feel great when I can offer someone a job.”
A former prep track and field standout for New Rochelle High, Gloria Hunter — who ultimately finished high school overseas where she eventually joined the cadet at the Achimota Secondary School in Ghana — said her past experiences in sports are what fueled her desire in part to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset.
“(Sports) taught me a lot of the discipline and respect I have today as my parents were very particular about my upbringing,” Gloria Hunter said.
Fortunately for her, the unyielding respect , coupled with the notable families values for which she was taught also contributed mightily to her delving off into the business world.
Today, more than ever before, it’s safe to assume that Gloria not only is reaping the benefits of God’s divine purpose for her life, but because Infinity Health Care Services appear to have emerged as a fixture in her community and the surrounding areas, it’s a foregone conclusion that this up-and-coming establishment’s biggest and brightest days are well ahead of it.
What I love about my business and being my own boss is I get to do what I love,” Gloria Hunter said. “I get to take care of others who are in need. It is so nourishing to help others. When I go to bed at night, I’m happy I helped someone who just needed a little support, a little caring for.”
And, in the foreseeable future, her grandest objective, she said, is to devise ways to better esteem others daily highly than herself, as the Apostle Paul encourages us, according to Philippians 2:3.
“I intend on running in-home care totally different from any other home care companies,” Gloria Hunter said. “I have the chance to be unique. I’m not your typical CEO. I actually meet with my clients and family, educate them and offer resources that they might not even know is available to them. I am a people person so this business allows me to meet so many different people, each with unique situations.”
All of which explains why growing up, no one had to tell or remind Gloria A. Hunter to respect her elders.
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