Can You Still Be a Family Caregiver from Far Away? (Yes!)
Being a long-distance caregiver is something that many family caregivers worry isn’t possible. It can be much easier than you think, but it requires some additional planning on your part. You may even need to line up some more assistance than you would need if you were there in-person full time.
Look for Local Resources
Finding the right combination of local resources can help your loved one get any help that she needs while helping to reassure you that she’s in good hands. Many communities have far more resources to help senior citizens than people realize at first, so keep looking. Your loved-one’s doctor can be an excellent first source of information.
Get Personal and Medical Information Together
The more organized you are on your end, the more you’ll be able to help your loved-one. Make sure that you have copies of important paperwork and that you have all of the information that you need to be able to help your senior. Having what you need right at your fingertips keeps you from feeling lost when her doctor or someone else asks you for information.
Find Extra Help for Your Loved-One and For You
Even if your loved-one is getting around well on her own for now, it helps to have some eyes and hands in place. Hiring in-home elderly care providers ensures that you’ve got someone who can step in if there’s an urgent situation. If you also have other family members in the area, they can be your pinch hitters, too.
Figure out How to Visit More Often
No matter how many people you have checking on your loved-one for you, nothing can really beat seeing her for yourself. If you can figure out how to visit your senior more often, it’s a very good idea. This gives you a way to gauge for yourself how they are doing and what she needs from you and from her medical team. You also need to have a plan in place for emergencies, since you’d need to be able to get to her quickly.
As you and your loved-one become more accustomed to long-distance caregiving, you’ll learn other solutions that work for your unique situation.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering hiring in-home elderly care in Costa Mesa, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 239-0488 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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