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September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day

Elderly Care Bonita FL

Elderly Care Bonita FL

Having great neighbors is wonderful for elderly adults who live at home. With neighbors, elderly adults can form friendships and enjoy conversations. It is also great for your loved one to have someone nearby that they can talk to or even call when they need some help. Fostering friendly relationships with neighbors is one thing that can make communities strong. National Good Neighbor Day was founded with this in mind and to recognize the value of having good neighbors and of being a good neighbor, too.

Read on for some of the ways getting to know the neighbors can help your elderly loved on and for some ways you can help your loved one to be a great neighbor.

How Having Good Neighbors Helps Elderly Adults:

Being able to talk to and spend time with a neighbor can help your elderly loved one to fight loneliness and boredom. It is always wonderful to have a friend who lives close by and your loved one will feel less isolated, especially if they live alone.
If your loved one is familiar and friendly with their neighbor, it can be a great thing if they need help in an emergency situation. This is especially important if you don’t live close by or cannot get there right away. Be sure that your loved one has the phone number of a neighbor they can trust if they need help right away.

Neighbors can help each other out and build a strong community. Your loved one may find that their neighbors are willing to help them with home tasks such as raking leaves, mowing the lawn, or shoveling snow that they are unable to do themselves.

How You Can Help Your Loved One to be a Good Neighbor:

Encourage your loved one to get to know their neighbors by inviting them over or striking up conversation when they see them outside.

Does your loved one have a garden? Encourage them to share some of their gifts from the garden such as fruits, vegetables, and cut flowers with a neighbor.

When a new neighbor moves in, encourage your loved one to introduce themselves. This will help your loved one to make a connection with their neighbor and it will help new neighbors feel welcomed into the neighborhood.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Bonita 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.
Ted Wolfendale