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Ways to Help Your Family Feel Prepared for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease to Move In

Home Care Services Captiva FL

Home Care Services Captiva FL

Transitioning your senior with Alzheimer’s disease into your home can be a fantastic choice for streamlining your care efforts, increasing their safety and security, and giving you the opportunity to make memories with them that you can cherish well into the future. With all of the benefits that this transition can offer, however, there can also be challenges as well. Your family might struggle with the idea of adding your aging loved one into the home and may worry that the dynamic within the home is going to change. Preparing them ahead of time can reduce this stress and ease the transition so that it is as comfortable and beneficial as possible for everyone involved.

Some of the ways that you can help your family feel prepared for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease to move in include:

• Establish boundaries. It is understandable for your children to feel uncomfortable with the idea of someone else, even their grandparent, living in the home with them and worrying that that person will come into their space. Everyone deserves privacy and the thought of it being threatened can be emotionally difficult for anyone of any age. Take some time to establish boundaries before your parent moves in. Add locks to bedroom, office, and garage doors so that your parent cannot enter those spaces, and help your family understand the boundaries regarding them entering the spaces that are now your parent’s, regardless of the purpose that those spaces once served.

• Reassure them. Your family might worry that now that your aging parent is living in the home that they might be expected to take care of them. Especially if your children have never had a close relationship with your parent, or your parent needs assistance with potentially sensitive tasks, this can be a stressful concept. Reassure your children that while you would appreciate help and their grandparent would benefit from spending time with them, they are not going to have to take on major care responsibilities or handle tasks that are not comfortable or appropriate for them. Consider starting elderly home care services before the transition and carrying it through the move so that your family knows that there is someone dedicated to handling your parent’s needs.

• Plan special time together. Most families have traditions or routines that allow them to spend time together on a regular basis. Your partner and children may worry that now that your aging parent is moving into the home you will no longer carry through with these traditions and routines. Sit down with your family and plan special time just together. Explain that while your parent should be included in family events and experiences, they do not always have to be and that the special time that you have with your children and with your partner is precious. Plan outings, events, or even just special dinners that you continue to enjoy just as your core family so that you can stay connected and maintain these important relationships throughout the course of the care journey.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Captiva 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