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5 Ways to Improve Alzheimer’s Care for Mom

Alzheimer’s Care in Rochester NY

Alzheimer's CareMay is Women’s Health Care Month and if your elderly mother has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you want the best care for her. You may live close enough that you agreed to take care of her, too, at least for a while, and while an experienced home care aide can offer more benefits, here are five ways that you can actually improve the quality of care your mother receives.

Understand your own limitations.

First, you need to understand your limitations, not just with regard to the time you have every day, but also physically.

If you’re wearing yourself out every day, the quality of care you offer will likely decline, no matter what your intentions happen to be. As long as you know your limits, you will be able to identify when you’re getting close to exceeding them.

Learn about home care options.

Throughout most communities across the United States there are usually a number of options with regard to home care services. Relying on an agency to provide caregivers is the best one, not just because of the experience those caregivers have, but because more and more agencies are conducting intensive interviews and running background checks on all potential caregivers.

Set consistent hours.

Your mother is going to rely on you for support, as long as you are her primary caregiver. Establish consistent hours when you will stop by every day. It might be for an hour or two in the morning, an hour in the afternoon, or maybe even a couple of hours in the evening.

Whatever you do, make sure you show up at the same time every day, as expected. This is what a professional home care aide would be doing, too.

Get your mother active.

Even if she doesn’t want to be physically active because of her age, physical strength or lack thereof, or other health challenges, she can be mentally active. The more mentally engaged somebody with Alzheimer’s is, the more it can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future.

Encouraging physical activity can also pay dividends for mental health and strength. As the heart gets stronger, it can pump blood throughout the body more efficiently and that’s going to carry more oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain, which will help mental stimulation as well.

Help your mother eat right.

Your mother’s diet is going to have a direct influence on her overall health and well-being, including her mental health. It’s easy to get caught up in the belief that there’s no point in eating healthy anymore, especially when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but their diet and nutrition can have a direct influence on their energy levels, fatigue, mental focus, and quality of life.

When you pay attention to your mother’s health and well-being, she will benefit for it in the long run. That means she will likely enjoy a higher quality of life, even if she can’t see that as a possibility right now.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Rochester, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)