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Kim May – Owner
Activities of Daily Living
Kim Dyson May is the owner of High Plains Home Care Assistance, serving Amarillo and the surrounding communities. Her caring heart for elderly individuals was cultivated from early childhood by her mother, a nursing home administrator. By the time Kim was four years old, her responsibilities began to include clipping toenails, removing hair rollers, calling Bingo, and playing the piano for the weekly singing hour. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she returned home to assist her parents with their family-owned retirement home, where she raised her own children. Kim believed serving the aging was vital to the formation of altruistic character, and she taught this to her children, just as her mother had taught her. In 2004, her family sold the retirement home and Kim moved to Amarillo with her four children. She has continued to serve individuals and families, both professionally and personally, since moving to the Texas Panhandle.
Before purchasing her HCA location, Kim was a business development and healthcare specialist working with long-term, skilled nursing, assisted living, and hospital facilities to ensure the nutritional requirements of residents and patients were met. When she was introduced to Home Care Assistance’s Balanced Care Method, she recognized that her diverse background had been an education in the five principles of Balanced Care.
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living & Relationships
After moving to Amarillo, Kim worked as program director over 43 Panhandle counties to implement State of Texas legislation passed to strengthen families and marriages. She helped build a 400-member network composed of leaders from each county to provide free education to support healthy relationships. She became a master trainer for several organizations, including PREP and Family Wellness, all designed to equip individuals with healthy communication skills. Kim utilizes these communication methods to help families navigate through the transitions and other difficulties associated with aging.
Personal Happiness & Life Purpose
At 87, Kim’s parents still worked (Dad as a farmer and Mom as a real estate agent) until back surgery left her father unable to walk. Despite their recent health issues, her parents insist on living on the family farm. Her mother struggles with dementia brought on by the stress of life as a 24-hour caregiver, poor nutrition, lack of social interaction, and little activity.
Kim’s husband, Stephen, brought her an article about Home Care Assistance and said, “I think you are supposed to do this. I believe you will be great at it and you will love what you do.” She left a corporate career behind because she knew he was right. She knew the Balanced Care Method was lacking in her parents’ lives and that combining it with Cognitive Therapeutics would sharpen their minds. If she could use these methods to help her own parents, she could use them to help others.
At an age when seniors have deep wisdom to share, they often retire from much more than their jobs and can begin to feel lonely and forgotten. Family members may be busy, miles away, or exhausted from providing care. Kim believes life is to be shared with others and lived as well as possible for as long as possible. Equipped with her HCA Tools, she recently encouraged her own father to “Wake up, rise up, and start living.” She is so excited to be part of the Home Care Assistance family, helping her parents—and many others like them—continue to live well at home.