JJack Barnard attended Arizona State University and has worked in the customer service industry for over 40 years. He has been a successful manager for several companies over the years. He has conducted many community forums for senior adults. He is a past Board of Director for the Arizona Nursery Association and has chaired several committees. He has been involved in church and community activities over the years. His church service has included caring for and helping the elderly. Currently Jack lives in Hurricane Utah with his wife and daughter. Together they have four sons, three daughter-in-laws, and twelve grandchildren.
I joined the Golden Heart team because they have solutions to issues I was dealing with not too long ago with my own mother.
For the last fifteen years I have traveled back to Omaha , Nebraska to visit my mother on her birthday. My mother was living in an apartment with my older sister. Our family situation at the time was such that my younger sister was the one that handled a lot of her financial, medical, well being of my mom and my older sister lived with her and helped with chores. Everything was running smooth. My mother was cared for and healthy, my sisters were involved and happy. Then sometime during the summer of 2010 my older sister started having health issues and my mom became less mobile, and more forgetful. My sisters and I knew right away that we were in trouble with our mother. During the following year my mom slowly declined to a point that she needed more care than we could provide. We wanted to keep mom home, but could not get anyone we trusted to help us with this. Costs of home care was confusing and seemed out of reach for us. My younger sister found an elderly home which was affordable and one we felt would give her the care which we wanted for her. It was determined that on my next visit I would be the one to tell her what we had decided to do for her.
One of the hardest things that I have ever had to do was sit across the kitchen table at my sister’s home and tell my mom that she had to go to a home.One of the hardest things that I have ever had to do was sit across the kitchen table at my sister’s home and tell my mom that she had to go to a home. My sisters and I sat with my mom while I tried to explain what we needed to do. I could hardly get the words out of my mouth. Tears began to flow from my eyes as I knew it would be as painful for her as it was for me. The first thing out of my mothers mouth was “I don’t want to go into a home for old people”! my sisters and I lamely attempted to explain that we had no choice. Because of Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah there is a choice! Easy to understand finance plan, fully documented care plan that a nurse had approved and we could get any amount of hours of help we needed. Had I known about Golden Heart Senior Care that would have been my choice, my mothers choice and my sister’s choice.”