Using Respite Care While Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease  

There are more than 5 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 15 million people who are acting as caregivers for these people. A whopping 35 percent of caregivers who are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, more than 1 in every 3 caregivers, reports that they have experienced a negative impact on their personal health as a result of their caregiving efforts. This is compared to the only 19 percent of those caregivers who are caring for elderly adults who are not living with this condition, less than 1 in every 5.

Home Care Penfield NY - Using Respite Care While Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease  

Home Care Penfield NY – Using Respite Care While Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

These numbers can seem shocking, but they illustrate an important point for anyone who is considering becoming, or is, a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that is that this role is extremely challenging and can put your own health and well-being at risk.

Fortunately, there is respite care. This type of care involves a home care provider stepping in to fill care gaps on a temporary or occasional basis. As opposed to other types of home care that involve a regular, custom schedule of care, respite care is designed to allow a family caregiver to handle other tasks in their life, or just take a much-deserved break while still being confident that their senior is getting the care that they need.

If your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, taking time to focus on your own needs while caring for them is not selfish, it is necessary. This self-care reduces stress, protects you from a wide range of mental, emotional, and physical health challenges, safeguards your quality of life now and into the future, and also helps to ensure that you can give your parent the highest quality of care possible when you are caring for them.

Whether you have recently found out that your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, or they have been progressing through this disease for some time and have developed symptoms that you do not feel you can handle on your own, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. A senior home care services provider can act as a supplement to the care that you already give your senior so that you can feel confident that they are getting everything that they need, while also reducing your stress, easing your care burden, and allowing you to focus on your own health, well-being, and quality of life as well.

These highly personalized services can include managing sensitive tasks that you are not comfortable handling, providing safe transportation, offering companionship and support, assisting with activities of daily living, and providing personal care designed to specifically help your loved one with the struggles that they are facing now, and those that they may develop later in their progression.


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

About 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)