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The Golden Moments Care Team believes in making every moment golden by providing the optimum degree of individualized care and fostering a home environment of activity and celebration within both group and individual activities. While preserving dignity and encouraging independence, we will actively work with the whole family to identify the most appropriate plan of care that will tap into lifelong hobbies and interests, while allowing a flexibility in approach to change as likes and dislikes change.
Families are often very impressed by the difference our care team can make in a Resident’s life, and regularly comment on their surprise at mom or dad’s more positive outlook and favorable cognitive changes since coming to stay with us. Some Residents have come to us by wheelchair, with pressure sores, dehydrated, malnourished and weak from lack of movement. We make every effort to help our Residents get back to optimal wellness and resume a life of health, quality, and vitality.
Always Available & Attentive Caregiver Staff
Golden Moments has 9 Caregivers and 2 Administrators. Our Staff works in 8 hour shifts, so we have a minimum of 2 Caregivers present from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm daily. Our evening Caregiver is awake and maintains hourly bed checks for all Residents and assists with repositioning, bowel and bladder inconsistencies, or other needs.
We also provide personal body and floor mat alarms to those Residents who get up between bed checks to ensure that we are alerted of their movement and are promptly at their side to assist them.
Staff members are required to have exceptional people skills, English as their first language, compassion, love and appreciation for Senior care. We perform a rigorous background check on all new employees with finger-printing for FBI and DOJ background clearance, including character references and previous employment verification.
All new staff members receive 20 hours of in-house orientation upon hire, First-Aid certification, An initial 6-hour dementia training and ongoing dementia training of 4-hours per year.
Certified Medication Technicians for each shift, and all staff participates in monthly in-service trainings on numerous topics, to include but not limited to: range of motion, incontinent care, diabetes care, condition changes, skin care, etc.
Most Care Homes have 2 live in Staff which work 24/7, we do not. Our Staff are scheduled in eight hour shifts which helps to ensure their readiness to meet all challenges and fulfill the duties of their shift. While the turn-over rate is high in the Home Care industry, over half of our Staff have been with us at least 3 years.
If you are interested in employment please email your resume to Living@GoldenMomentsCareHome.com
Denise Walker - President - Administrator
My Journey Discovering Life’s Golden Moments - My experience with the elderly begins with my stepfather, from 1998 to August 24, 2002, I was a court-appointed Conservator for him. My responsibilities include, but were not limited to; Estate Management, Health Care Management, as well as, monitoring of emotional and cognitive needs.
My stepfather, diagnosed with dementia, living in an Assisted Living Facility (38-40 bed), where unbeknownst to me the care was standard, but not quality or individualized. He was in and out of the hospital, due to numerous falls, urinary tract infections, dehydration, pneumonia, and being over medicated. The responsibilities and concerns had become a full-time job. Read More
It was necessary to request his care team to understand that regardless of his dementia diagnosis, it is required they regard him as a gentleman and treat him with respect and dignity. Simple things such as a smile, warm approach, saying hello, informing him of a procedure to be done, as well as explain what’s being done, were often overlooked.
Then I discovered a warm and healing environment at a small six-bed care home, where my stepfather lived for two years longer than expected.
In 2001, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Due to my past experiences with larger facilities, it was an easy decision to care for my mom at home. She is extremely healthy and has been at home with me and my husband for the last 12 years.
I have attended numerous support group training and counseling sessions in my capacity as a family caregiver and have been involved in planning and facilitating such resources for the community. Acting as a Substitute Facilitator for a Caregiver Support Group at a local Alzheimer’s organization.
Providing coaching and support for caregivers and families with the emphasis on assisting families to learn new approaches and communication techniques to achieve a more enjoyable and positive approach to their individual real-life situation with their loved one. At times acting as an elder advocate in achieving appropriate care of family’s loved ones in various care environments.
The name “Golden Moments” came to me while caring for my mother, as there were days when there was not much conversation, and then there would be a moment of clarity for mom and she would giggle, or smile, give me a wink.
We really enjoyed her moments of independence as well, and on some occasions out of the blue, she would tell me she loves me and thank me for caring for her. These moments were celebrated and given attention to for as long as they would last, hence “Golden Moments”.
I adore my mother and all my residents, they all touch my heart with their special ways, and they are so loving and appreciative of the care and attention we provide. Golden Moments Care Home is a place to come and really live and thrive.
We strive to make the day fun and engaging for each resident. Of course, we are fanatical about making sure all of the care is provided to the optimum level, with ongoing monitoring of medical and condition changes, medication management, research on conditions, and nutrition and hydration as well. We truly pamper our residents, as they should be.
Denise Walker - President of Golden Moment Care Home, Inc.
Makayla White - Administrator
To begin with, I lived next door to Golden Moments Care Home and had seen and met some of the GMCH staff and residents who were out on walks in the neighborhood. Upon visiting the GMCH I was impressed with the activities the staff provided the Residents and decided it looked like a fun place to work. It was more than just a work environment- it was a place of love where life was lived and shared.
In October 2012, shortly after my 18th birthday, I began to work as a caregiver for GMCH and fell in love with the Residents, Staff & Families we served. In 2014 I made the difficult decision to accept a position as Operations Manager for a large corporation. Leaving GMCH was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made, as GMCH had become my second home. I was always drawn back to GMCH, and I would visit to see the residents that I had formed relationships with over the past 5 years. Read More
In September 2018 while visiting GMCH, I made the decision to rejoin my team as my heart has always been with GMCH. In January 2019 I obtained my Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) Administrator license. I have observed the different levels of care the resident's experience and require in their Golden Years, and strive to make a difference in their quality of life, and I’m loving every minute of it!
The owner has developed a program with an emphasis on the importance of individualized care because each resident is different and one’s Care Plan should be devised for their likes and dislikes, regardless of their mental state.
Additionally, the greater importance of socialization, and to have fun and engage residents in laughter and conversation. GMCH has been a great fit, and gift for me, especially with it being a small facility specializing in Memory Care.
This industry is definitely a labor of love and it takes a special group of people to truly care for our elders as they’ve cared for us. I am grateful for opportunities that I have been given to help me understand the importance of quality of life no matter what stage we are at in life.
The love, respect, and compassion I have for my Residents run deep within me and helped mold me into the person I am today, who is always committed to making Golden Moments with every resident that comes my way.
Makayla White - Administrator