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Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Their Emotions After a Cancer Diagnosis

Finding out that your aging parent is suffering from cancer is a difficult moment. This is a challenging time for you both as their family caregiver and their adult child, but it is extremely important that you accept how difficult it is for your aging loved one so that you can help them to manage these emotions in the way that is healthiest and most beneficial for your senior. This starts with talking to your parent about their emotions.

Home Care Naples FL - Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Their Emotions After a Cancer Diagnosis

Home Care Naples FL – Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Their Emotions After a Cancer Diagnosis

Use these tips to help you talk to your parent about their emotions after they are diagnosed with cancer:

Acknowledge what they are going through. Make sure that they know that you understand that they are going through a very difficult time and that they will be suffering a range of emotions. By acknowledging this you help them to feel more confident about themselves and willing to discuss what they are going through.

Encourage them to be honest with you by being honest with them. Be open with them about how you are feeling and tell them that you are there for them and want them to feel comfortable talking to you about what they are feeling and experiencing.

Ask them about how they are feeling. They might not be willing to volunteer what they are feeling and prefer to keep things to themselves, but if you ask them what they are going through they will understand that you care and may be more willing to talk to you.

Help them to understand that there is not one “right” emotion or “appropriate” thing that they should be feeling. Encourage them to be honest with themselves and work through what they are going through as it happens rather than trying to force themselves to feel something specific.

Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey with them. A home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the level of care, support, and assistance they need to manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations.

This highly personalized care is specifically designed to manage these issues in the way that is right for your parent so that they are able to enjoy a higher quality of life as they age in place. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing or toileting, grocery shopping and running errands, meal preparation, and help keeping the home neat and healthy.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.

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