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!
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 providerfor 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.
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.
Golden Heart Senior Care was proud to participate in the Lunch and Learn Alzheimer’s presentation held at Desert Vista in Sun City. The Alzheimer’s Association provides valuable facts and information regarding Alzheimer’s disease to the residents of Sun City Summerlin.
Thank you Desert Vista and the Alzheimer’s Association!
Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Angela J. is the Golden Heart Senior Care Employee of the month for June 2023.
Angela is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she is married with children and grandchildren. Two of her grandchildren are twins.
Angela has been a caregiver for most of her life. Angela owned and operated a foster home with over 20 children. As of today, some of her foster children still keeps in touch with her.
Why Angela enjoys being a caregiver – “It’s wonderful to work with elderly people, I find it fulfilling. Being a caregiver for the elderly requires patience, compassion, and a willingness to provide support and assistance to those who need it. It’s a very important and rewarding job that can make a significant difference in the lives of elderly people. I have had the pleasure and honor to work with some loving people in my life. I have taken so many classes and have been trained to care for seniors with dementia. I love my job!!!!”
Please join us in welcoming Angela as the June 2023 Employee of the Month!
Memory loss is something that often happens to seniors as they get older, but it may not always be caused by age. It can be caused by medication side effects, poor diet, chronic illness, depression, alcohol abuse, poor sleep habits, feelings of isolation, vitamin deficiencies, lack of physical activity, head injuries, exposure to toxins in the environment, physical trauma to the brain and exposure to infectious diseases.
As we age, we lose brain cells that are responsible for storing memories. Some degree of memory loss is a natural part of growing older and is no cause for concern. There are some symptoms, however, that should be checked out by a doctor. Symptoms include:
Lack of focus
Inability to complete tasks
Confusing similar items or actions
Unable to recall conversations or events
Types of Memory Loss
It is important to understand the different types of memory issues people face as they grow older, and what can be done to improve their memory.
1. Short-Term Memory Loss
Short-term memory loss is a decline in the ability to keep information in your mind for brief periods of time. Sometimes it will resolve on its own, but there are other times when it will require treatment.
2. Long-Term Memory Loss
Long-term memory loss is a decline in the ability to remember information over a longer period. There are many different reasons for long-term memory loss and each type will need a different treatment plan. Make sure to go over with your senior’s home care providers if you think they are exhibiting this condition.
3. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but there are treatments available that can slow down the progression of the disease. You should talk to your doctor about what treatments are available to your senior if they are diagnosed with these illnesses. Home care providers will be an important piece in your senior’s recovery and treatment.
4. Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are common conditions among older people, there are many different treatments available for these conditions, including medications and therapy. It is important to treat these conditions as soon as possible so that they do not get worse over time and have a negative impact on your senior’s quality of life.
How to Improve Your Senior’s Memory Loss
If your senior is diagnosed with a specific memory-related disease, such as Alzheimer’s, follow your doctor’s treatment plan. And whether your senior’s memory loss is caused by aging or not, there are many options available to help them improve their memory, such as:
Taking vitamins and supplements
Physical exercise and movement
Meditation and other calming techniques
Learning new things
It is important to do some research about the different signs and symptoms of age-related memory loss to find out if it really is just that or something else. Either way, looking into getting qualified caregivers from a home care agency can keep your senior happy, healthy, and independent. Call us and schedule an appointment we will help you find the best option for your senior.
Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Cleveland Clinic in presenting to the residents of Sun City Summerlin the benefits of a healthy mind and brain. We want to thank our friends at the Cleveland Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association who presented at this event.
Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Melinda L. is our employee of the month for December 2022. Melinda is from Kansas, she has two children and 3 grandchildren. Melinda retired to take care of her mother when she became ill and decided to continue as a caregiver because it’s heart filling and a joy to help seniors.
Golden Heart is so excited to have employees like Melinda on our staff. Please join us in congratulating Melinda!
Bob Swadkins, Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Summerlin, presented to the residents of Sienna on November 30, 2022. He discussed the benefits of home care for seniors and of Golden Brook Residential Care Home which cares for residents who have Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. Fun was had by all!
Golden Heart Senior Care is proud to announce that Julie R. has been awarded Employee of the Month for Golden Heart for the month of October 2022.
Julie is from the Philippines and came to the USA in 1977, she is married with one son and really enjoys her family. Julie is a former group home owner in California from 1992 – 2001 and decided to sell it and move to Las Vegas. Living in Las Vegas, Julie knew she wanted to help seniors like she did in California as helping the elderly is her passion.
Please join us in congratulating Julie as our Employee of the Month!!!