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What Rights Do Seniors with Alzheimer’s Relinquish When Needing Help?

How much of your own personal life, the rights that you have inherent to you, would you be willing to give up if you required a significant level of support and assistance in the future? Most people might admit they wouldn’t want to give up any of their rights, yet when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or is dealing with some other major medical emergency, their family and friends make a number of assumptions and begin dictating what they should or shouldn’t do.

Alzheimer's Care in Greece NY: Rights and Decisions

Alzheimer’s Care in Greece NY: Rights and Decisions

When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they should be able to retain all of their rights as long as they are safe and can make cogent and lucid decisions, which they should be able to do still during the earlier stages of the disease.

It’s important to acknowledge a person’s rights.

This might be an aging parent, spouse, sibling, or other elderly loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, but just because they are dealing with this significant change in their life doesn’t mean they have to be forced to give up hobbies, activities, spending time with friends, or anything else.

They may have difficulty with their own basic care.

As the disease progresses it will begin to erode not just their mental capacity but also their ability to do certain basic tasks of everyday life. They might require significant reminders, physical support, and other changes to keep them safe.

For example, somebody who has been dealing with Alzheimer’s for several years may have a tendency to become confused about their surroundings, get turned around, and completely forget where they are or where they were going. In this type of situation, allowing them to go for a walk around the block alone is not a good idea.

But isn’t that giving up personal rights?

At some point in time it may be necessary to keep them safe, but early on these individuals are likely lucid and cogent enough to determine what they want done in the future. This is when it is ideal to discuss various care options with them (shortly after diagnosis).

While memory loss will be impacting daily life, a person recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is likely going to have the ability to make reasoned and responsible decisions about what they prefer to happen in the future. This gives them the rights they deserve and the respect they’ve earned over the course of their life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s Care in Greece, 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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