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Employee of the Month – September 2023

Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Sheila B. is our Employee of the Month for September 2023. Sheila is a native Las Vegan and has two wonderful sons and three grandchildren. Sheila took care of her grandparents when they were ill and then she decided to become a caregiver because “seniors need all the help they can get.”

Sheila says, ” I love being with the elderly no matter how old or sick they may be. You can always learn something new from seniors.”

Please join us in congratulating Sheila as the September 2023 Golden Heart Senior Care Employee of the Month!

How to Keep Your Senior Driving Safely

Just because your loved one has reached a certain age, it doesn’t necessarily mean she needs to quit driving altogether. Many seniors can still drive but they may just need to be a little more vigilant about ensuring that they are driving safely. When it comes time for them to hang up the keys for good, a home care provider can be there to offer transportation for your parent.

Let’s look at some ways your aging loved one can help make sure he’s still able to drive safely around town.

  • Keep those eyes in good shape. If your loved one is driving, it’s more important than ever that he keep on top of his eyesight and get new glasses when needed. If the glaring sun is an issue, prescription sunglasses may be a must as well.
  • Keep tabs on hearing as well. Hearing may not always seem to be a necessary sense for driving, but it is very important. Your loved one needs to be able to hear when others honk at him in warning or hear an emergency vehicle coming up from behind in order to move to the side of the road.
  • Keep track of medication side effects. When a new prescription is filled, take the time to ask the doctor and pharmacist if the medication can be used while driving. You’ll want to know if causes sleepiness or a slow down in reflexes. If it’s a temporary medication and has those side effects, your loved one should look for help from his home care provider for rides while he’s taking the medication.
  • Keep the car in tip-top shape. Help your loved one drive more safely by ensuring his vehicle is in the best of shape. Look at the tires to ensure the treads are in good shape for traveling on wet or icy roads. Check the windshield wipers to make sure they’ll be able to keep the windshield clear during an unexpected downpour. And check that all of the exterior lights are working and providing good illumination of the road ahead of him and behind him.
  • Look at replacing his car. If your loved one needs a different car to help him drive better, you might want to consider a car that suits his needs better. Perhaps he needs to change from a standard shift to an automatic shift. Or you might want to look at a car that is easier to get in and out of.
  • Finally, remind your loved one about safe driving practices. Knowing that responses often slow down as a person ages, it’s more important than ever to not exceed the speed limit, give plenty of space between him and the car in front of him, and turn off all distractions while driving.

Your loved one may need to make some adjustments so that he can still enjoy the road, but aging doesn’t mean he needs to completely give the wheel to someone else.

If you are considering home care in Summerlin, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.

Employee of the Month – August 2023

Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Erica L. is our Employee of the Month for Golden Heart Senior Care for August 2023.

Erica is from Jamaica, born and raised in London, England and in Germany. Erica has a beautiful daughter with two wonderful grand children. Erica was a travel consultant for 39 years and enjoyed working with people. When she moved to Las Vegas she knew exactly what she wanted to do. She wanted to work with seniors!

Erica says “being a caregiver provides satisfaction for the clients and making a big impact on them, putting a smile their face.”

Erica has a lot of love and compassion for all clients.

Please join us in congratulating Erica as being named our Employee of the Month for August 2023.

Understanding Anosognosia

Anosognosia is a complicated condition in which a person is unaware of or denies their illness or disability. Even though it is usually caused by nerve conditions like strokes, head injuries, and some mental illnesses, it can also happen to people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to support seniors when this occurs. This can happen through having companion care at home and truly understanding what’s happening.

A Deeper Look at Anosognosia

In the case of Alzheimer’s-related Anosognosia, seniors may not realize their memory and thinking skills are worsening, even if there is objective evidence or feedback from others. This lack of acceptance can make it hard to deal with the changes that the disease brings. For example, seniors with Anosognosia caused by Alzheimer’s may refuse to get medical help, reject that they need help, or forget to take safety precautions.

It’s very important to tell the difference between Anosognosia and denial. Anosognosia is not just caused by ignorance or not trying hard enough. Instead, it is thought to be caused by changes in the brain’s nerve cells that come with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers aren’t sure what causes Anosognosia in Alzheimer’s, but a theory involves an issue with parts of the brain that are in charge of self-awareness and understanding.

Anosognosia can be upsetting, making giving seniors the right care and support difficult since they may refuse help or not realize their limits. Anosognosia can also be frustrating and upsetting for loved ones, who may struggle with how to support their loved ones best. With companion care at home, they can discuss their concerns openly, and the entire team can work toward a solution.

Healthcare workers and companion care at home use different methods to help people with Alzheimer’s deal with Anosognosia. Education and communication are two of the most important ways to help seniors understand their disease and how it affects their everyday lives. Companion care at home can also help them understand their limitations by giving them consistent comments in a kind and understanding way. Anosognosia can be hard to deal with, but getting help from the health care team and support groups can be very helpful.

Anosognosia Research

Researchers are also looking into ways to treat and help people with Alzheimer’s who have trouble remembering things. Techniques for cognitive rehabilitation, like reality orientation therapy and external cueing tactics, may help seniors understand their cognitive problems and become more self-aware. Also, pharmacological interventions that target specific brain parts involved in Anosognosia are being looked into, but more study is needed in this area.

When seniors have Alzheimer’s and Anosognosia, it can be hard for them and their loved ones to know how to help and care for them. It requires understanding, patience, and a personalized approach to support and care. Having companion care at home can help everyone with Alzheimer’s-related anosognosia deal with their condition and stay as healthy as possible by promoting education, communication, and using different strategies. Seniors and their loved ones who are concerned about the possibility of Anosognosia should talk with their medical providers.


If you are considering companion care at home in Summerlin, NV for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin. 702-800-4616.