You’re an advocate for your senior every day as her family caregiver. But if you’re looking to increase your support for your elderly family member and for others just like her, you might want to try some of these suggestions to become more involved.
Keep Learning about Issues that Affect Your Senior
Part of the human condition is that it’s difficult to know much about situations until they affect you or someone that you love. As your elderly family member’s home care provider, you’re now privy to quite a few different issues that your aging adult and other people just like her face every day. You have the opportunity to learn quite a bit more about these situations.
Join a Support Group or Volunteer with an Agency that Works with Older Adults
Local agencies that work with seniors and support groups are both an excellent source of information, but they can also be avenues for you to begin advocating for older adults. You’ll also have a chance to meet other family caregivers who can give you pointers about what they’ve learned on their own caregiving journeys.
Write Some Letters
As you gain confidence in being an advocate for the seniors in your community, you might start to consider becoming even more involved. One way to do that is to write letters. These might be letters to the editors of your local newspapers or to corporations who work with the elderly. One reason this is such a rewarding form of advocacy is that you can do this in your down time when you’re not actively needed as a caregiver.
Meet with Legislators
Further still up the ladder, you can start to write to, call, and even meet with your legislators. This is a good way to make your elderly family member’s needs known to the people who are directly able to affect local and national legislation. Town hall meetings and letters are easy ways to get started.
You don’t have to go to the very top levels of advocacy, but it’s important to know that it’s not difficult for you to be a voice for other aging adults as well as your own.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
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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