Jim Kimzey

CEO of Tender Rose Home Care, specializing in home care for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Dementia Home Care Provider

Jim Kimzey

Posted by Jim Kimzey on September 18, 2014

Choosing a dementia home care provider for your loved one can be a daunting task. After all, you’re putting your loved one’s safety and quality of life directly in the hands of a professional you’ve never met. With so many options available, how do you ensure you’re making the right choice?

Just as with any other major life decision, it’s important to do plenty of research and thoroughly explore all options. This way, you can confidently make a choice that will put you, your loved one and your family at ease.

Topics: Caregivers, Dementia Care, Home care agency

The Story of Tender Rose Home Care

Jim Kimzey

Posted by Jim Kimzey on September 12, 2014

About 12 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her story started like so many dementia stories do. In the beginning, it was the small things we noticed: Mom was forgetting things, starting to repeat herself and asking questions about things we’d just talked about.

When my mom was first diagnosed, she lived with my father in our family home in the country outside of Farmersville, Texas. As her dementia progressed, my dad became her primary caregiver. My sister lived just down the hill, and she and her husband took it upon themselves to check in on our mom and dad regularly. At first, this worked well.

Then, my dad got cancer. His condition worsened quickly, and he passed away. My sister, who lived nearby, told me and my siblings (there are five of us) that she planned to have mom move into her home. We were grateful for her offer, but we also didn’t want her to have to shoulder the burden of caregiving all on her own. We came to an agreement: our mom would move in with our sister, and we’d hire in-home care to supplement what she was providing so she didn’t get worn out.

Topics: Memory Care Professionals, Caregivers, Dementia Care, Alzheimer's, Home care agency, Dementia, Dementia Home Care

Understand Alzheimer’s Disease in 3 Minutes

Jim Kimzey

Posted by Jim Kimzey on August 12, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease is named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, the first doctor to describe the disease in 1906.

In his research, Dr. Alzheimer identified an 'unusual disease of the cerebral cortex' in one of his female patients. This disease caused memory loss, disorientation, hallucinations, and eventually her death at the age of 55. Using a new type of stain that only he had access to, Dr. Alzheimer observed various abnormalities of the brain and was able to identify nerve tangles which had never previously been described.

The disease is also called Alzheimer disease, senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, or just Alzheimer’s. Even though the disease was discovered over 100 years ago, scientists still do not know what causes Alzheimer's. 

Topics: Alzheimer's Disease, family caregiver, Dementia Care, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Stages