Going the Distance: How to Care for a Senior Parent Who Lives Far Away
Do you provide care for your senior parents? If so, then you know it can be a challenge. But caring for your senior parents who live far away from you can bring on a whole new set of obstacles!
But don’t worry, Home Care Assistance is ready to help you learn the logistics of long-distance senior care. Read below for our tips to help you provide the best care for your elderly parents from a distance.
Assess the situation and know your options.
Your first step to providing care for your long-distance parents will be to get an overall assessment of their living situation and their state of health. To do this, you may need to ask their caregiver to provide you with frequent updates or speak with their current physicians. You may also wish to gather the whole family together to talk through who will be responsible for what. For example, a sibling who lives close by the parents might be tasked with checking in on them on a daily or weekly basis.
Get organized and automated.
Next comes the step of automation. Do your parents pay bills? Set them up on autopay. For services like prescription refills, grocery delivery, or newspaper subscriptions, enroll them in auto-renewal.
Since you are essentially running a second household, it can be helpful to ask yourself what YOU would want to be automated if you were a senior?
Keep in touch.
Visit, visit, visit! Try and spend time with your parents as much as possible. This will help you to physically check on their well-being and assess anything else they might need. If you cannot visit with your parents as often as you would like, you may want to encourage other family or friends who live near them to drop by once in a while to spend time with them.
Another option is keeping in touch with your parents through technology, which is great for keeping everyone social from a distance! If your parents are able to use basic communication features, like texting, phone or video calls, and email, make sure you communicate with them often through these modes. If your parents need some assistance with technology, you can ask their caregiver to help them make a video call once in a while, or have them share your parents’ logs and notes with you online each day.
Are you ready to develop a personalized senior care plan for your senior parents? Home Care Assistance is here to help! Please call us to schedule your consultation and discuss your options.
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