Long Distance Care Giving

Long Distance Caregiving

A Growing Challenge

Long Distance Caregiving can be stressful when caring for a loved one.  Many long distance caregivers are unable to visit often and many are part of the “sandwich generation”. Arranging services can be challenging, not knowing local resources.   Not being able to see what is going on in the home, such as are they eating OK, are they falling, etc. is another difficulty.  Some adult children believe the only answer is moving your loved one closer to you, but they do not want to move from their friends and lifelong home. If you are in a dilemma such as this, a Geriatric Care Manager can be of a great service, saving you time, money, and stress.

Some extra services include:

  • Managing health care, such as doctor appointments and transportation
  • Take notes at the doctor’s office
  • Understanding if they would benefit from home health and organize
  • Order medications and pickup and help with medication management (Medication is the 2nd reason for hospitalization)
  • Making grocery lists and preparing healthy meals
  • Assessing home for fall hazards
  • Taking them to the senior center so they can socialize
  • Provide a way to church
  • Involve non-profit resources that can assist in paying bills
  • Lining up services for house repairs if needed, such as plumbing
  • If taken to the ER, meet them and give the hospital staff important information
  • See if they qualify for any local resources
  • Communicate updated information and staying in contact with you

A plan would be established for your loved one's needs. A Geriatric Care Manager will keep you in the decison making, if that is your request. If you believe we could assist and help give your loved one the best quality of life and ease your worry, please contact us. Keep in mind that two resources that help in many cases are long term insurance policies and Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits.

Some helpful hints during your next visit:

  • Observe hygiene
  • Eating
  • Condition of the home
  • Safety issues
  • Review financial records
  • Allow yourself enough time to accomplish tasks during your visits
  • Establish a local support system and have a backup plan (neighbors or friends)
  • Recognize that your perceptions may be different from that of your family member

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