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How Homecare Can Help You Deal with Physical Limitations in Your Care Efforts 

Homecare Sanibel FL

Homecare Sanibel FL

When you started thinking about the possibility of becoming a family caregiver for your aging parent, it is likely that you first thought about your time constraints. You already have responsibilities and obligations for caring for your children, your marriage, your career, and any number of other tasks and needs for your various roles in life. You wanted to make sure that you have enough time to fit in fulfilling your parent’s needs as well. After that you may have considered your emotional needs and whether you were really ready to take on being a caregiver and watching your parent move through the later years in your life. You might have contemplated the stress that you would face and even considered whether you thought that you were prepared to make major decisions that could impact the rest of your parent’s life. Something that you may not have considered, however, was whether you were physically ready to take on the tasks of the care efforts you would need to put forth for your parent.

Being a caregiver for a senior can be a very physically demanding role. Depending on your parent’s specific needs you may be required to put forth considerable effort to handling their needs, and if you are not in the proper physical condition for these tasks you could put their health and safety, as well as your own, at risk. It is important that you are upfront and honest about these limitations so that you can ensure your parent is kept safe, healthy, and comfortable, and that you can manage your own wellbeing as well. One highly beneficial way to do this is with a homecare provider.

Some of the ways that an in homecare services provider can help you handle your own physical limitations when it comes to your care efforts for your aging parent include:

  • Strength. If your aging parent has mobility problems and needs assistance with tasks such as walking, transferring, or standing and sitting, it requires a considerable amount of strength to handle these tasks safely. You need to be able to support your parent’s weight while also handling tasks such as opening doors, stabilizing chairs, or moving objects out of the way. If you lack this strength, a homecare provider who has greater strength can offer assistance more securely
  • Balance. If you frequently suffer from dizzy spells, vertigo, or balance impairment, the physical care that your parent requires may not be safe for you. If you are not able to balance properly and your parent needs support, you may lose your balance and fall, dramatically increasing the chances that your parent will also fall. This can result in very serious injuries for both of you
  • Endurance. Being a caregiver often means you are going all day. This takes a tremendous amount of energy to get through. If you do not have this energy you could find yourself exhausted and at risk of serious complications and consequences. A homecare provider allows you to focus your energy so that you can use it efficiently and not become overwhelmed or exhausted by your tasks.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Sanibel 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