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Non-Medical Home Care Options Can Provide a Wealth of Support

Home Care Options for Seniors

Home Care Options for Seniors

There are plenty reasons why people believe home care is basically only reserved for those who need direct medical attention. Home healthcare providers, who are commonly referred to as visiting nurses, certainly are an integral part of home care options, but they aren’t the only ones.

Nonmedical home care is available.

This nonmedical home care could be considered basic support. The vast majority of home care providers across the country are considered aides, or men and women who assist with basic living tasks. This might include helping their client get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed, go to the store, and basically get around because they can’t do it safely on their own.

What could this type of home care offer families?

Many families find themselves under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure when they begin supporting an aging or disabled loved one. It might be an adult child who is working a full-time job or even several part-time jobs while raising children. Suddenly the little time they did have is now being devoted to this elderly parent.

It could be a spouse who is in her late 60s or 70s already and dealing with some limitations on her own and is suddenly tasked with trying to support her husband. Of course, the role could be reversed when the elderly gentleman is trying to help support his wife.

In many of these situations, family caregivers become overwhelmed. It isn’t because they don’t want to provide support; it’s because they have limited time, limited strength, or limited energy. That’s where home care aides can be an invaluable asset.

A home care aide in most cases is not going to be certified to administer medications. They could offer reminders to their elderly client that it’s time to take their medications and if a visiting nurse or family member helps them organize things in a pill organizer, it becomes extremely easy for them to keep up with their prescription medications and other needs.

Home care aides can also help prepare meals. They might assist their client with these tasks or do the lion’s share of the physical work in supporting this individual. Aides can also offer companionship which, for men and women as they get older, become widowed, or are otherwise living alone, can be extremely important for emotional health and well-being.

Home care aides can be an invaluable support for families and those who need help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). Visiting nurses could be essential for those who need some type of direct medical attention at home, too.


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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.