Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Caring for Your Senior from a Distance

While long-distance care giving is not ideal, sometimes it is the only option. If your senior is adamant about aging in place or it is logistically not possible or convenient for you to relocate to be closer, you have to make things work. There are many people who care for their aging parents from a distance. With a little advanced planning and organization, you can make the best of the situation.

Schedule calls and visits: Try to create a schedule for when you will visit to check in, or arrange to call at certain times during the week. This will allow you to catch up and stay up-to-date. When you do visit in person, evaluate the whole situation and make note of what is working well and what is not.  You may find that your senior is not able to get around as well or has memory issues that make tasks more difficult or unsafe. Having a routine gives you the opportunity to check in at regular intervals and make comparisons to decide if they may need more assistance.

Prepare legal documents ahead of time: If your loved one should need medical care, do you have the right to make decisions on their behalf? Do you know what medications they are taking? Are you accountable for their finances? It is a good idea to have these documents in place before they are needed and to have your senior make their wishes known.

Ask for help from others: Make arrangements with other family members or close friends to share care giving responsibilities. Take turns visiting and helping out. You could also check with neighbors to see if they would be willing to keep an eye on your elderly parent and let you know if they have any concerns.

Get in-home care: An in-home caregiver can support your senior with a wide range of needs and allow them to more safely and comfortably age in place. This can be a great option if you have a busy schedule or do not live nearby. A caregiver can ensure that basic needs are being met, provide help with daily tasks, and also provide companionship. Maintain open communication to discuss any changes that may be necessary or if additional care is needed.

Staying involved can allow you to provide the most beneficial senior care to your loved one. There are a wide range of resources available to help you stay in touch, monitor their wellbeing, and keep them active. Always Best Care of Asheville-Hendersonville can provide your senior with high quality elder care that fits their needs and gives you peace of mind. With a variety of services available, we make caring for your senior from a distance easier. Call (828) 989-7263 or visit www.alwaysbestcareWNC.com to get started.

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