Without some basic information and a little help on the ground, long-distance caregiving can be nerve-wracking and incredibly difficult. These tips can help.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
It’s really easy to blame yourself for not being able to be there with your aging family member, but there are lots of circumstances at play. Cut yourself some slack when you go about learning the ropes as a long-distance caregiver. You’re going to make mistakes and it’s all going to be okay.
Get to Know People Who Can Help Your Senior
There are likely quite a few people already in your senior’s life who can help her, you just might not know much about them. Neighbors, friends, and even people who regularly see your elderly family member all have an eye on what “normal” is for her and her life. When you get to know some of these people, they can be incredibly helpful in gaining information.
Consider Hiring Elder Care Providers
Elder care providers are one of the best sources of information about what’s going on with your senior. They know a great deal about senior health and about what difficulties your elderly family member is likely to experience. With their help, there’s a lot that you can handle, even remotely.
Get in Touch with Agencies that Help the Elderly
In addition to the individuals in your senior’s life, it’s worth taking the time to find agencies that help the elderly. They can handle tasks you might not have thought about, like meal delivery, which can help your elderly family member to eat healthy meals regularly. There are likely more agencies and services available than you might realize.
Develop a Plan for Emergencies
When you and your elderly family member live far apart, you need to be prepared for those situations you never thought would happen. It might sound impossible, especially if you truly never thought something would happen, but you need to have an emergency plan. Figure out what your employer requires and determine how you would get to your elderly family member quickly. Then do what you need to do to maintain that plan.
It’s not easy to be a caregiver at all, but it’s much more difficult to be a long-distance caregiver. When you can’t be there with your aging family member, figuring out the right responses can feel impossible. Give yourself a strong support system so that you’ll have the tools you need in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
Excerpt: Being a long-distance caregiver is not an easy task. But if you take the time to learn as much as possible, you might get farther than you suspect.
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