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Are You Emotionally Prepared to Handle Your Aging Parent’s Care?

Homecare North Fort Myers FL

Homecare North Fort Myers FL

Taking the step into being a family caregiver for your elderly parent is not a minor decision. This is a life-changing choice that you should consider strongly before coming to the final decision, or making your homecare plan. One of the most important elements that you will need to consider is whether you are emotionally prepared to handle your aging parent’s care. Being a caregiver can put you into a variety of difficult situations that might challenge your emotions and cause stress, strain, and anxiety that could put your health and wellbeing at risk.

Some things to consider when determining whether you are emotionally prepared to handle your aging parent’s care include:

• Confronting illnesses. Are you ready to confront the illnesses and challenges that your parent is facing? Ask yourself whether you are really ready to see your parent suffering and to deal with the changes that they may have gone through since developing these issues. Especially if you have not maintained a close relationship with your parent and may be startled by these changes, or have always been very close but have been denying these changes, confronting them can be extremely difficult.

• Encountering relationship issues. If your relationship with your parent has been strained, you are likely to experience even more difficulty when you are in a caregiver relationship. The stress of caring for a parent and the stress of receiving care from an adult child can exacerbate tension that can make it harder for you to interact effectively and quickly lead to burnout,

• Making difficult decisions. Being a caregiver means making decisions. You are going to encounter difficult times in your journey when you are going to have to make choices about your parent’s care that might be challenging or emotionally upsetting. You must be prepared to make these decisions with confidence in order to be an effective caregiver.

• Confront the end-of-life transition. While you might not want to think about it, an inevitable part of your care journey is going to be helping your loved one prepare for and get through their end-of-life transition. This can be a very hard experience for a caregiver, and you must determine if you are ready to help them through this on your own. While you are unlikely to decide that you do not want to be a caregiver because of this inevitability, confronting it in your mind can help you to put plans into place to resolve this fear and ensure both your parent and you will get the support you need to get through this time.

If you are struggling with the emotional aspects of being a family caregiver for your elderly parent, homecare may be the resource that you need to feel confident in your senior’s quality of life. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your loved one to give them a personalized course of care tailored to meeting their needs and challenges in a way that keeps them healthy, safe, and comfortable while also handling as many tasks on their own as they can. This allows you to feel confident that they are getting the quality of care that they deserve without putting you in emotionally difficult situations. Avoiding those difficult emotions lets you focus more of your energy and emotion on other elements of your parent’s care as well as the other people and things in your life that rely on you.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in North Fort Myers 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.