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How to Offer Respite to an Alzheimer’s Care Provider

For the last several months, you have been worried about your sister. She’s been taking care of your father. You live across the country from both of them, but you’ve called to check in and see how everything’s going. You know she is under a lot of pressure and your mother is not able to help out too much.

Alzheimer's Care in Fairport NY: Offering Respite Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairport NY: Offering Respite Care

Your father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s some time ago.

At the time, he was adamant about wishing to remain at home for the rest of his life, and that he didn’t need any kind of help, at least not yet. Your sister checked in on your mother and him a few times a week and before long, at least within the first year, it seemed as though he was asking for help with more and more things.

He was having trouble keeping track of appointments, conversations, and various tasks that needed to be done around the house. Your mother was dealing with her own health issues at the moment, so the pressure was on your sister to do what was necessary to take care of him.

In the years since, you’ve noticed a significant change in your sister.

She seems worn out, frustrated, and her relationship with her husband is starting to decline. She confided in you recently that she would love to take a break, but doesn’t see that as an option, especially considering your mother’s weakened condition.

Now is the time to talk about home care support.

A home care aide, visiting nurse, and possibly even other dedicated professionals, especially those who have a great deal of experience supporting elderly clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, can be just what is needed right now.

A lot of people assume hiring home care means stepping back completely. In reality, when hiring through an agency, a person can hire somebody for just a couple of hours at a time, perhaps one, two, three, or more days a week, at least to start.

Your father may not have wished to rely on some outside support, but the stress and pressure of being a full-time family caregiver is going to overwhelm just about anyone, even those who may not have full-time jobs outside of this.

An experienced caregiver may have a number of strategies they could suggest that would provide comfort to your father and mother in this type of situation. It could also help your father avoid confusion and anxiety as Alzheimer’s continues to progress and take its toll on his memory.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Fairport, 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)

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