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Caregiver Stress in Bonita FL

Most people, when they begin taking care of an elderly family member, never really think of themselves as a caregiver. They see it as their responsibility or feel guilty if they even consider not offering support.

The elderly family member requires assistance. So, by becoming a family caregiver, they are offering the kind of support, physical and emotional, that senior needs. What many family caregivers fail to recognize at first is the impact this job is going to have on their life.

They assume it’s going to be easy. 

Most family caregivers simply assume the senior is only going to require a little bit of help every so often. They don’t think it’s going to become a full-time requirement. This is especially true when the senior has been hospitalized due to a medical emergency such as a heart attack or pneumonia. The recovery time may be limited, perhaps for a few weeks or months. After that, the family caregiver will be able to get back to their regular life, no worse for the wear.

Caregiver Stress in Bonita FL

Caregiver Stress in Bonita FL

Then something happens. The senior begins to rely on that type of support. Getting certain tasks done around the house, such as laundry, preparing meals, or vacuuming some rugs, is a lot easier when you have a family member doing it for you. Getting something from a cabinet, checking the smoke detectors, or changing light bulbs can be problematic for some, and though they aren’t quite emergencies, the senior might be calling the family caregiver daily and even several times a day.

Having somebody to talk to is a great support.

If you’re a family caregiver, who do you get to talk to about the stress and anxiety you face as a result of this job? Do you have good friends you can rely on? How about a spouse? Perhaps you have adult children of your own. Do you get to talk to them about it?

Having a good, solid support system around you is essential for staying positive, reducing stress and anxiety, and even avoiding some tense moments while working with the elderly individual.

If you don’t have a strong support system around you or it seems as though your friends or other family members are not calling you back, you don’t have to do this alone. There are numerous groups all across the country that provide support for family caregivers. There’s also the prospect of hiring a professional and experienced home care aide to at least take away some of the burden you may be feeling at the moment.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Bonita, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.

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Ted Wolfendale, Esq.

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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