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A Home Health Care Aide Could Be a Wonderful Option for Seniors Facing Health Issues

Facing any type of health issue is going to be stressful. No one wants to endure these incredible challenges, but they will happen for most people. As people get older, the risk of health issues increases, to the point where a potential lengthy stay in the hospital is far more likely. When this kind of person, no matter their age, their strength, their mobility, or their overall health, needs support and assistance, they might require a home health care aide.

There’s a difference between home care aides and home health care providers.

A lot of people use these two terms interchangeably, though there is a stark and significant difference between the two. Basically, a home care aide is an individual who will assist with mobility, basic tasks of everyday living, bathing or toileting, helping with the laundry, and possibly even providing transportation to a doctor’s appointment or to go shopping.

A home health care aide is commonly synonymous with a visiting nurse, though a home health care aide might not be a RN. This kind of medical professional will be able to administer medications, change wound dressings, check vital stats and report that information back to the individual’s primary care physician, and monitor other aspects of his or her health.

What if this is only temporary?

If an aging person requires a home health care aide for only a few weeks, that’s not such a bad thing, is it? In fact, that means they are expected to regain their health before too long. That can provide an emotional boost and mental health benefits.

If an elderly client requires this level of care and assistance for a longer stretch of time, such as several months or even years, that doesn’t necessarily mean things aren’t ever going to improve for them; a stroke, for example, could take an incredibly long time for somebody to recover from.

In either circumstance, an agency is the best option.

That’s because agencies often have a wide range of resources and available caregivers. They might provide home care aides primarily, but they can certainly offer flexible schedules, allowing an aging or disabled client to lean on their support for a couple of hours in the morning and then a couple of hours in the evening.

A person doesn’t have to call on the services of a home care aide or home health care provider every day of the week, either. Through an agency, they can enjoy these support services as needed, even if it’s only one or two days a week.


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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.