Lakeview Christian Home exists to provide spiritual, medical, social, emotional, and physical support for the elderly and those with long-term medical needs in a Christian environment.
LCH was started in 1960 by a group of businessmen from Fox and Lake Church of Christ after being approached by Dr. Owen Puckett, the county health physician. As he made visits all over Eddy County, Dr. Puckett realized that as people aged, there was no one to take care of them and no place for them to go.
It has been our mission ever since to provide care in a Christian environment regardless of the residents’ ability to pay.
Lakeview is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that receives support from donors all over the Southwest. Many locals help us provide a continuum of care to seniors and the disabled. That care includes Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Home Health, Hospice, and Independent Living.
Home Health and Hospice services allow us to branch out to all ages and to provide services in people’s homes all over Eddy County. However, our primary focus is seniors. Our nursing facilities allow us to care for seniors with all types of diagnoses including dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Skilled Nursing allows us to rehab people from a hospital stay back to their homes. We have an excellent Physical Therapy department that is also able to follow people from Skilled Nursing back to their homes under Hope Care, reassuring that they are able to maintain their independence.
Assisted Living is a great choice for seniors who need minimal help and don’t want to continue living at home alone.
We stay involved in the community through our service in local organizations: Chamber of Commerce, Department of Development, (which I have served as president of both) Rotary Club, Leadership Carlsbad, and the NMSU Nursing program.
We are also very involved in New Mexico Health Care Association, the state’s nursing home association, where I am currently serving as President, and I serve on American Health Care Association committees.
Article originally published in Focus on Carlsbad 2020 Spring edition.