How Queen Latifah Manages Her Role as Family Caregiver

By Richard Hemmi, 9:00 am on

Queen Latifah has an impressive professional career, but very few people know about the challenges she has faced as a caregiver for her mother Rita Owens. In 2004, Owens was diagnosed with chronic heart failure, and Queen Latifah immediately moved her to Los Angeles to provide care for her. While the transition was initially a challenge, their relationship is now stronger than ever.

Living with Heart Failure and Scleroderma

According to the CDC, over 5.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with heart failure. While this cardiovascular disease can be fatal, seniors can manage it by making healthier lifestyle choices. Rita Owens manages her heart failure with prescriptions and an implanted defibrillator while recovering from a rare autoimmune disease known as scleroderma. Treating these conditions can be difficult, but Queen Latifah and her mother have taken the challenges in stride. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Cleveland West Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

The Importance of Daily Interactions

In a recent interview, both Queen Latifah and her mother opened up about the positive changes in their lives. Like many other family caregivers, Latifah initially faced difficulty managing her caregiving duties. Even though Owens has moved back to her home in New Jersey, Latifah still visits and calls her as often as possible. Many of her friends call Latifah “the General” because she oversees a team of caregivers, family members, and medical specialists.

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Cleveland West families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

The Life of a Caregiver

Being a caregiver has changed Queen Latifah’s life for the better. During an interview, she said caring for her mother has made her conscious about her own health and wellbeing. Since her mother has heart failure, Queen Latifah is also at risk of developing this condition if she doesn’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. Both Latifah and her mother have switched to a healthy diet filled with fresh vegetables and proteins. 

Charity Work

Queen Latifah and her mother are now involved with the American Heart Association’s Red Steps Challenge, which brings awareness about the early signs of heart failure so people can start making healthier lifestyle choices. In its earliest stages, heart failure often produces a variety of symptoms such as persistent coughs, irregular heartbeats, swelling of the extremities, and rapid weight gain.

Heart failure can also increase the risk of developing dementia in aging adults. Many families have no experience in specialized home care for seniors, which can make life a bit more challenging when an elderly loved one is diagnosed with dementia. The Cleveland West, OH, dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. We designed a program called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which uses mentally engaging activities to slow the progression of dementia, and all of our live-in and respite caregivers are expertly trained in dementia care. Call (440) 455-4031 to learn about our comprehensive senior care services.