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Your Most Important Elder Care Tool: A Calendar

Elder Care in Naples, FL

elder care in naples flAs a family caregiver you will use a variety of tools to help ensure that your elder care efforts are effective and beneficial. While there are many different things that will help you with your efforts, from your vehicle to your friends and family members, to the assistance of an elderly health care services provider, one of the most effective and important tools that you will ever use is your calendar.

A calendar may seem like a simplistic device to use in your care efforts, but by embracing the benefits that this one simple tool can offer you can help to make your elder care efforts smoother, less stressful, and more beneficial for your aging parent. For the most benefit, use a large calendar that you can put on a wall or a desk so that it is readily visible throughout the day. Utilizing only a calendar feature on a phone or tablet makes it so that you cannot customize your calendar as easily and you are less likely to look at the “big picture” of your schedule when you are adding things.

 

Use these tips to make the most of your calendar as an effective tool in your elder care journey:

  • Use color coding. Color is a powerful tool for helping your mind to process information. When you use it on a calendar you are making it easier for you to organize time and recognize when you may need to rearrange tasks. Use a different color for each of the people in your life, for different types of tasks, or for different levels of importance. You may also want to combine options by using different colors for the different people in your life and then using a bright color such as red to indicate those items that are most important with an underline
  • Fill in set items first. Never assume that just because you do the same things every week that you are going to remember those things when you are planning out your schedule. At the beginning of each month go through the calendar and note everything that you know that you are going to do. This can be as simple as jotting down when you plan to go grocery shopping or making sure that you note your parent’s weekly support groups or regular coffee visits with friends. You can then work around these things when you are adding activities and obligations
  • Schedule time for yourself. This calendar does not have to be a tool just for making sure that your parent’s and children’s tasks are organized. You can also use it to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Choose times when you are going to do something for yourself and write it down on the calendar. Putting it on the calendar makes these breaks for yourself feel more “real” and like actual elements of your schedule rather than just something you can do if you find extra time. This ensures that you will keep up with this time to yourself, protecting your own health and well-being during your care journey.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elder care 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.