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Creativity, Home Care, and the Value of Life

What does it mean to be creative? Most people basically understand this to mean having original ideas, having the desire to create some type of artwork, whether it’s a painting, sculpture, or even a story. Creativity can be extremely beneficial for people from all walks of life, of all ages, and with all sorts of limitations, ambitions, health issues, and much more.

Home Care for Seniors in Naples FL: Staying Creative

Home Care for Seniors in Naples FL: Staying Creative

For a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s who may be having difficulty with their mobility, might be set to work through recovery following a hospitalization, or may be facing other challenges, home care is a great option to consider.

How much does one value life?

For a person who has recently been hospitalized due to a stroke, if they are in their late 70s, 80s, or 90s, and especially if the stroke was considered relatively severe, they are going to face a tremendous challenge in recovery. They might not even be able to consider regaining mobility on one side of their body.

That may cause them to give up, not want to work with a physical therapist, and not even care about things that once had been important to them. However, keeping that creative mindset, keeping focus on the future and things that he or she would like to do, and staying positive are all crucial to not just maintaining a good path to recovery, but a higher quality of life.

How can home care help?

Just about any senior who needs some level of help around the house, either to take out the garbage, do laundry, prepare a meal, do some light housekeeping, get to the store or doctor’s appointment, and so on, can benefit from a home care aide.

An experienced caregiver can provide physical and even emotional support to those in need, regardless of their age. Many of these experienced caregivers can also offer encouragement for their elderly clients to stay as active as they want to be, within reason.

Creativity can be a great mental boost.

If a person is no longer able to get around on their own without the use of a wheelchair, cane or walker, or extreme physical support from another individual, they may no longer have the ability to do many of the things they used to enjoy. This is where creativity can be a wonderful asset.

Thinking outside the box, so to speak, can be a wonderful way for some seniors to still enjoy activity. For example, a gentleman in his early 80s used to play golf a couple of times a week with friends, who recently had a stroke, might assume the thrill of the game is no longer possible. With modern video consoles and controllers, there is still the possibility to enjoy golf, albeit virtually.

You see, thinking creatively and outside the box is beneficial for people of all ages and it’s something many experienced home care aides can offer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for a senior in Naples, FLplease 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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