MMy name is Matt Eschler. I have a PhD in clinical psychology and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I currently hold a Utah State License to perform psychotherapy and Several types of family counseling.
2011 began as a near perfect fall in Southern Utah. My oldest son had graduated high school and was on a service mission. My other two kids, a 15 year old boy and 17 year old girl had begun high school classes and both engaged in cross country and track and field sports. Everything was as it should be in our family. We built our home near my mother so that we could be of service to her as she aged. My father had passed away ten years previous to this particular fall. My wife worked managing my counseling center and our home while I worked as a marriage counselor and Professor at Dixie State University. We all had busy schedules but made things work by attending each other’s major events and connected each evening one way or another. It was this particular fall that my sisters and I noticed my mother beginning to show certain vulnerabilities. First, my mother announced that she was scared to drive. Mother had always been extremely independent but the thoughts of driving herself was becoming to frightening for her. I noticed that her sight had changed for the worse and her anxiety was increasing. This led to her surrendering her license. A short time later while cooking dinner for herself my mother fell and broke her hip. My goal, what I am driven to do, my promise is that NO other family will ever struggle finding quality, safe, compassionate, accountable care for those that want nothing more than to remain in their home for the care they need. These two events led to a rapid decline in my mothers independence. The family gathered together with my mother to discuss her needs and to determine how we could best assist her in her recovery from the broken hip and beyond. The main thing that came from this gathering is that my mother did not want to go to a home and would do anything to remain safely tucked in her home. My sibling and I promised her that this would happen. We had NO idea what we just agreed to. During the next eleven months my mother went through three siblings taking turns living with her, three different hired caregivers assisting us in her care, getting Her jewelry and her painkillers stolen by one of the hired assistants, Getting placed on hospice taken off hospice, then placed back on hospice because of mistakes in her care documentation and finally needing full time care and general assistance twenty four hours a day until her passing in the fall of 2012.
I am telling you about my mother because this experience is exactly why I am involved with Golden Heart Senior Care. During the time of our greatest need my siblings and myself had worked ourselves into exhaustion caring for my mother. We were desperate for help so we began calling for help. Some calls did not get returned, some needed up to three weeks to get organized to help my mother, we finally hired one person that came referred to us as a part time caregiver. This person stole from my mother. Our first round of experiences in the world of senior health care actually made us more frustrated and far less hopeful in keeping my mother home. After these experiences and still finding no real advocate for our mothers care we were at our wits end and began discussing options. We had a neighbor girl that was out of work so we offered her a job helping us care for my mom. We all began the eleven moth process of learning how to care for my mother in her final months. It all ended well. My mother was able to remain in her home as she wished and we had great help that was extremely attentive to my mothers needs as she progressively required more assistance. This process began with great intentions, progressed to some serious hopelessness, and finally graduated to a some of the most peaceful and wonderful times with my mother. I determined that I could help families never have to struggle like I did in finding help.I determined that I could help families never have to struggle like I did in finding help. I told my wife, Chris, that no one should have to wander through the mine field of senior care. We discussed some initial ideas of how to help others. Some time after these discussions I was introduced to Golden Heart Senior Care by a close friend. My wife and I was immediately interested. Golden Heart Senior Care offered everything that I knew needed to be offered to protect people in crisis looking for senior care. The background checks that assure no drug addicts or felons would be allowed in the homes of our loved one. Training that extends beyond anything I could have imagined. Know that families would be in good hands was what I envisioned and that is why I am an owner of Golden Heart Senior Care here in Southern Utah. My goal, what I am driven to do, my promise is that NO other family will ever struggle finding quality, safe, compassionate, accountable care for those that want nothing more than to remain in their home for the care they need.