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Three Initial Steps to Help a Senior Start Recovering Following a Stroke

Surviving a stroke can help the entire family breathe a sigh of relief. Depending on the severity of the stroke, there could be a monumental recovery process ahead for the senior or other adult. In order to maximize the chances of making as full of a recovery as possible, it’s important that the senior be focused on what he or she needs to do.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Perinton NY: Stroke Recovery

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Perinton NY: Stroke Recovery

At first, possibly even before the senior is discharged from the hospital, there are a few steps to consider. The family should sit down with this individual and discuss what needs to be done to improve their chances of recovery. We will list a few of the initial steps to keep in mind.

First, get proper support.

If the doctor has recommended adequate physical support for the senior, there should be no doubt about it. He or she should consider the support of a family member, friend, series of loved ones, or better yet home care aides.

Home care aides are simply the best option because of their experience and, when hired through an agency, because the senior won’t have to worry about a lack of options.

Second, encourage physical therapy.

More often than not the doctor will have recommended physical therapy and exercise. It might be extremely difficult for this individual to get through an exercise routine or some type of repetitive motion activity, but no matter how difficult it may seem, there is a goal for it.

If the senior is having difficulty getting motivated, it may be necessary to have their family or friends doing some of these activities right along with them, so they can see they are not alone.

Third, stay positive.

Being negative is the easy thing, especially when trying to recover following a stroke, but it’s not the right thing. While the senior may have a lot to feel negative about, they are alive, they’re still breathing, and they could spend more quality time with their loved ones today and hopefully tomorrow and the next day.

If the family or their friends (their support network) is not positive, is letting their negative concerns or feelings show, the senior may feel like, “If they can be positive or even fake it, why should I?”

Having a positive attitude and realizing the value of experienced support can help many people through recovery from a stroke.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Perinton, 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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