Diné-run Infinity gets new vans to reach rural areas

Photo by Bob Hembree/Lake Powell Chronicle
From left to right: Page Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Franz and Infinity of Page staff: Kahmeah Fowler, Marcia Tapaha, Elisa Brown, Lynnette Adams, Siera Begay, Vanessa Tracy, Melinda Daw; and Chamber Board Member Jessie Manygoats. The Infinity staff on Wednesday celebrated – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony – two new vans to reach rural communities.

PAGE – Infinity of Page Home Health Services is extending its reach with new vehicles.

Seven Diné women run the 12-year-old business on Vista Avenue. Owner/CEO Lynnette Adams said she likes to refer to the seven women as the Pleiades, the star cluster also known in Greek mythology as the “seven sisters,” or Dilyéhé in the Navajo language.

Among the Diné, Dilyéhé are considered the most highly ordered constellation – their form and shape symbolize the order of the heavens.

The seven sisters, along with members of the Page-Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce and the City of Page staff, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, for the two newly acquired vans.

Adams said, “We want to be more accessible to the outskirts of the rural areas. During this pandemic, we want people to stay close to their community, stay out of big areas. We’re hoping to go out to them, so they don’t have to travel so much.”

Adams said this would also lower the risk of exposure.

The vans will deliver personal protective equipment to Infinity employees and serve as a mobile office for staff. Adams said rural areas pose a challenge because space is difficult to find, unlike cities where office space is readily available.

She said, “When you’re out in rural communities, you makeshift and do whatever you can and provide a service. We want people to know we are in the community, and we are going to come to you.”

IPHHS is also keeping up with modern technology and moving toward all-digital record keeping. Adams said, “We’re trying to go paperless; we’re trying to be a little bit more green-friendly. Also, it’s like one vehicle going out there versus 30 or 40 coming into town.”

IPHHS will have regularly scheduled dates for different communities. Adams said, “We’ll be letting people know what those schedules are. We’ll be at common areas, like flea markets and certain roadside areas where people gather.”

The business is much larger than what the Vista Avenue office location’s appearance suggests. Adams has 18 years of experience in homecare service, and her principal staff has over 12 years of experience. She said, “Our employees fluctuate. Generally, we are anywhere from about 90 employees to about 120.”

Adams said, “We have no men in our admin. It’s native owned, Navajo-women-operated. We’re pretty proud of that. We do have men that work for us out in the field in homecare. She said with a laugh, “But they’re not in the office.”

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