The senior care that you provide for your aging loved one is about much more than just your actions. It is also about the passive activities and interactions they can make a tremendous difference in the health and well-being of your senior. One of the greatest ways that you can impact the quality of life and health of your aging loved one is through your own physical well-being. As a caregiver, you will be spending a considerable amount of time in direct contact with your loved one. You will be engaging with her physically by helping her with mobility issues, helping her bathe, helping her use the restroom, and keeping her home clean. You will also be preparing meals, bringing her beverages, and helping her to manage physical and medical concerns. This means that your health will directly impact your aging loved one’s health.
Hospital readmission rates are a serious concern when it comes to senior care. Many seniors visit the hospital several times per year due to medical issues and physical concerns. Though a visit to a hospital emergency treatment center may be necessary in some situations, all too often seniors are forced to return to these treatment centers as a result of inadequate or improper care. When these unnecessary readmissions occur, it places a financial strain on the health care system, as well as reducing the quality of care that is provided to each patient due to medical professional shortages. Seniors who often return to the hospital after discharge are less likely to recover fully, and will experience distinctly diminished physical, psychological, and emotional health. Keeping yourself healthy is a powerful way to help your aging loved one avoid hospital readmission.
Some of the ways that you can keep yourself healthy in order to protect your aging loved one include:
- Pay close attention to your diet. Make sure that you are getting well-balanced nutrition to keep your body strong and your immune system healthy.
- Stay well hydrated to support proper bodily function.
- Though you may feel as though your schedule is far too busy, make sure that you schedule some relaxation, leisure time, and plenty of rest on a regular basis. Getting enough sleep every day is critical to helping your body stay healthy and strong for the long run.
- Wash your hands several times per day, particularly after coming into contact with others.
- If you feel at all under the weather, avoid contact with your aging loved one and schedule a time to see your doctor as soon as possible to avoid spreading your germs.
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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)
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