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Establishing Care Boundaries When Your Parent Moves In

Your aging loved one moving in with you and the rest of your family can be a fantastic transition as they get older. Coming to live with you can ease financial difficulties, remove the need for your parent to maintain a home, and make it easier for both of you to ensure your parent gets all the care they need as they age in place. This can also be a wonderful way for your parent to spend more quality time with the rest of your family and develop strong, meaningful relationships with the rest of the family. In order for this arrangement to be as beneficial as possible, however, it is important to establish boundaries. These boundaries are designed to ensure your parent’s needs are met while also offering respect and consideration to everyone else involved. These are many different types of boundaries, but one is care boundaries. These are the set guidelines designed to ensure care needs are met while still promoting independence and your personal life.


Some things to keep in mind when establishing care boundaries when your parent moves in include:


Home Care Services Naples, FL: Establishing Care Boundaries

Home Care Services Naples, FL: Establishing Care Boundaries

● Simply because your parent lives with you now doesn’t mean you have to do everything or that you can’t ask for help. In fact, making sure you have a strong and responsive care network promotes a better relationship while meeting all your senior’s needs
● The professional care of an elder care provider can help your parent to maintain more of their independence and sense of self, which can suffer when your parent moves in with you. This elderly home care services provider offers customized care designed to help your loved one live their best life no matter what their environment
● Be clear about what care tasks you will perform and what you will not prior to your parent moving in if possible. Being clear and upfront about these expectations helps to minimize discomfort and promote a smoother transition
● Be clear about the personal tasks you will perform for your parent and what they are expected to do on their own. For example, you may prepare meals, but expect your parent to help with dishes, or you may require them to make their own bed


Integrating elder care into your care routine with your senior can be one of the best ways you can help your loved one maintain more independence and feel more control over their own life. An elderly home care services provider can step in when it is best for your loved one and for you to fill care gaps, increase mental and social stimulation, and allow your parent to take on more of their own care and daily tasks. This improves their sense of autonomy, boosts mental and emotional health, and gives them overall higher quality of life. Some of these services can include transportation, meal and snack preparation, medication reminders, and more.


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.


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.
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