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Top 5 Ways to Be a Better Long-Distance Caregiver

Some family caregivers don’t live close to the older adults they are helping. They may live just a few hours away, or all the way across the country. Whatever the case, they don’t live close enough to make frequent visits to their aging family member. Instead of making frequent visits, a long-distance caregiver may help with things like paying bills, coordinating appointments, arranging care, and keeping family members informed. If that sounds like you, congratulations! You’re a long-distance caregiver. If you’re wondering how you can be an even more amazing caregiver than you already are, here are the top 5 ways you can excel.

Caregiver in Quincy FL: Long-Distance Caregiving

Caregiver in Quincy FL: Long-Distance Caregiving

5. Make an Information File.

Create an information file that contains the contact information of your aging family member’s medical team, close neighbors and friends who can help in a pinch, and family members to contact in case of an emergency. The file should also contain important information about your parent, such as copies of their Medicare card, advanced directives, or other instructions. Keep a list of your parent’s medications in the file, too. Make sure that someone who lives close to your parent, such as another family caregiver, has access to the file.

4. Plan Out Your Visits.

If you’re not able to visit frequently, you need to make your visits count. To accomplish the things you want to while you’re there, make a plan. Talk to the senior to find out what they want to do while you are there and what they need done. Also, check with other family caregivers about what you can do to help while you are there. Finally, remember to spend some time just visiting and enjoying your time together.

3. Build Your Knowledge Base.

Learn everything you can about any condition your loved one has. Find out about available treatments, potential complications, and the care required. Also, learn about the medications they take. Check into resources that may be available in their community, such as transportation to medical appointments or meal delivery services. Even if they are not needed now, the information may come in handy later.

2. Stay in Touch.

Contact your aging family member frequently to check in. Staying in touch lets them know you care and that they can rely on you for emotional support. Also, stay in touch with other family caregivers and people who see the senior often. They can help give you a better picture of what is going on.

1. Arrange for Home Care.

Consider contacting a home care agency to arrange for a home care provider to assist the older adult in their home. Home care providers can help with all kinds of things, including housework, cooking, cleaning, transportation, and pet care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Sources

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/long-distance-caregiving-tips-success

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/getting-started-long-distance-caregiving

https://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-09-2010/pc_tips_for_long_distance_caregiver.html

 

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.