Marketplace: Emerald Care brings nursing help to the home
November 27, 2018
Nancy Bond knew she wanted to be a nurse as soon as she stepped foot into an assisted living center as a teen.
She did end up achieving her dream, but she accomplished it in a roundabout way.
Bond is now a registered nurse in Park City and the owner of the business Emerald Care In-Home Support Services. She and her team provide short-term and long-term personal care and other services for people who are not able to care for themselves. She typically works with elderly people.
Bond's interest in nursing started when she was in high school. Every summer, she worked in the kitchen of an assisted living center in her hometown in Massachusetts. She quickly learned that she liked helping people, even if it was just listening to their stories or making a special effort to give them their favorite food.
When her high school guidance counselor asked what she wanted to do for her career, she did not hesitate to say, "I want to be a nurse."
But, her dad encouraged her to pursue a different path. Bond ended up working as a chemical engineer for 15 years instead.
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She left the career when she moved to Park City in 2004 and became a stay-at-home mom. She learned quickly that her new role did not suit her well. Although she loved raising her kids, she could not sit still.
Bond kept herself busy with part-time jobs around town until she finally decided it was time to chase her dream of being a nurse.
In 2010, she went to nursing school. Raising kids and going to school was difficult, but Bond thrived doing the work she loved. After graduating with her degree, she worked at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center for three years.
Bond's interest in taking care of older people grew while training to be a nurse. While her classmates wanted to work in birth and delivery or pediatrics, Bond immediately found her niche and stuck with it.
"The geriatric community is so easily dismissed by so many people because they are old," she said. "But they have this huge, vibrant life story, and it's fantastic."
After leaving Salt Lake Regional, she worked in hospice care, helping seriously ill people live as comfortably as possible before dying. Then, she branched out and opened her own health care service.
It has been both fun and difficult to start a business, she said. She loves working continuously with patients over the years, developing friendships with them and learning about their life stories. But since she is working with aging people, death is unavoidable.
Bond said knowing she can make people's lives better before they pass keeps her going.
"I'm so grateful for the opportunity to help families keep their loved ones at home," she said.
Her in-home support service helps people so they can continue living in their homes rather than moving to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. She and her team of certified nursing assistants and caregivers do bathing, dressing, house cleaning, meal preparation, transportation, pet care and more.
"Basically, whatever they need," she said.
Sometimes, that means taking time to simply chat with someone who is lonely.
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