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My Background

I began caregiving to address the growing need for in home elder care in the Durango community. For the past 3 years I have worked as an independent caregiver, working on referrals alone. I have found home care to be rewarding and meaningful because I get to help the members of my community find comfort and support in their vulnerable and difficult times. I understand that there is no place like home and will do everything in my power to keep you and your loved ones happy at home. I strive to keep clients safe, happy, healthy and as comfortable as possible. I always seek to build authentic, lasting friendships to ensure my clients emotional and social needs are met. I personally keep an eye on my clients' mental health to ensure that my patients are living out the rest of their lives to their fullest potential. I am here to support seniors choosing to age in place and their families. I always create personal care plans because I know when it comes to your loved ones, its personal.
Contact me today for your customized care plan!

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In home care consist of two types of care; personal care and companion care. Companion care is when time spent together is focused on entertainment and aiding in the hobbies and pass times. Personal care is assistance with daily activities such as :

  • mobility/ transfers

  • errands/ appointments

  • toileting / continence

  • grooming / bathing

  • dressing / laundry

  • eating/ food prep

  • medication reminders

  • household chores

  • and much more


Specialized Care

Specialized care is for seniors with specific health conditions or care needs no met with our basic home care plan. At Nurturing Hearts, we offer specialized home care services fit to meet you and your loved ones needs. Our focus for specialized care is :

  • Alzheimers and dementia care

  • Wheelchair assistance

  • Oxygen assistance 

  • End of life care 

  • Post hospital care

  • In facility care


​If you or a loved one has any special conditions not listed above, contact me today to see what I can do to accommodate your needs!


Respite care is temporary alleviation for family members and other caregivers tending to individuals who would otherwise require the needs of a facility.  Most home care services help with the majority of household tasks and caregiving duties. Respite care, is designed to relieve family caregivers who are taking on the majority of work on their own.  Common tasks performed by our respite caregivers:

  • Laundry

  • Light housekeeping

  • Food preparation

  • Medication reminders

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (such as dressing, grooming, and bathing)

  • Aid with their hobbies (such as walking, reading, games, etc.)

Avoid burnout and add ease to your days with a little extra help! 

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"The simple act of caring is heroic"

Edward Albert

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What They’re Saying

Kara took care of my mother-in-law, who has severe dementia. She struggles with significant memory loss, confusion of environment and time, anxiety, heavy emotions, and requires help with daily activities and personal care. In addition to helping her physically, each week, Kara came with new activities: watercolors, question books, knitting, or nail polish. We aren't sure if she knew Kara was a hired caregiver or not; she saw her as “her friend" who enjoyed spending time with her. 

She gave our family a gift of security while we were away and my mother-in-law the gifts of feeling, valued, safe, and respected. Aside from the degree of skills and experience Kara has, she is patient, kind, and respectful. She values her work and seeks new ways to meet her clients and their families where they are at.

Shari Fitzgerald

Kara provided care for my 90 year old mother that was not only professional with an eye to important caregiving details such as slight symptom changes, timely medication management, and safe walker and wheelchair transport, but all this was done with a presence of tenderness and kindness. Kara was ever-patient whether it was spending hours with my mom reading crossword puzzle questions or reading the beginnings of piles of books trying to find one my mother liked. Kara often did her own research on topics related to best care practices for my mother’s vision and memory problems or research on topics that piqued my mother’s interest. I knew my mother’s care needs were being well attended to and my mother felt cared about in Kara’s charge. Neither of us could have asked for more. Given the high standard of care that Kara hold herself to, I can only imagine that anyone in her employ will be chosen with, and held to, the same high quality of care.

Carolyn Gaines

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