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Why Agencies Offer the Best Home Care Options

Home Care Options for Seniors

Home Care Options for Seniors

There’s a reason why so many agencies operate all across the country. There is a significant need for support and assistance, especially among the elderly, as they get older, deal with health issues, and face limited mobility.

Agencies are the best option and are often far better than hiring an independent caregiver. There are plenty of reasons for this.


When you hire an independent caregiver, somebody you find on your own or respond to an ad they placed in the classified section of your local newspaper, they might be looking for full-time work. If you need to hire somebody for just a couple of hours a day three times a week, for example, it might be difficult to work that into their schedule, especially if they have several different clients.

When you hire through an agency, you will get the kind of flexibility you wish. You can hire somebody for just two hours once a week to start. You may require assistance in the morning, but then over time realize you need help in the evening as well. Agencies can provide that type of flexibility.


When you hire independently, you will be the one responsible for checking their references and work history. If they say they have experience doing this, you’ll certainly want to verify that. When you hire through an agency, though, they will already have carefully interviewed and checked a person’s background history and references.

More and more agencies today are also providing ongoing training for their caregivers so they can provide the best care support to their clients.

You can increase support over time.

As we mentioned, if the need for more care arises, you can do that through an agency a lot easier than you can do that with an independent caregiver. When you hire independently, you may need to find two or three caregivers to work various shifts. With an agency, they can adjust the needs of the senior as those needs arise.

It’s safer.

More and more agencies today are conducting background screenings on all of their potential employees. When you hire independently, you may not know anything about the person’s past, their history, or whether they are honest, safe, and reliable.

These are just a few reasons why agencies are a much better option when you need home care support services.


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Christy Swadkins

Christy Swadkins is the owner of Golden Heart Senior Care serving Summerlin and the Las Vegas area.Her personal and professional background brings a unique and rich quality to the care she provides for her clients.

Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.

Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.

Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.