Families caring for a loved who lives far away face many extra challenges. How can you check in on them? Who will go to appointments with them? Who will help them around the house? How can you ensure that they’re safe? How do you know everything that needs to be done, is done? Who will communicate and coordinate their care? Who will be the local point of contact?
CalaCare is committed to transparency and accountability in the care that we provide. To enable clear communication with our clients and their families we have launched the CalaCare Family Portal, which provides families with the ability to stay involved and informed of their loved ones care- online and in real time. Contact us to see how this might help to simplify your situation.
Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat has some good tips for a family caregiver to consider.
“Long-distance caregivers may not be on site providing direct care, but they can be busy in their role as care managers — locating and coordinating services; negotiating with the care recipient, health professionals and family members; delegating tasks; monitoring the situation and making decisions.
Steps to Take for More Effective Long Distance Care
Arrange for a medical assessment, including a cognitive assessment by a family physician or specialist if necessary
Determine what care services are needed
Find out about available community resources
Seek help from local health departments and community agencies or private care managers
Find out who is available to provide help — family members, friends and acquaintances
Identify areas where you may need professional assistance
Draw up a list of care options
Develop a care plan
Discuss the care plan with the care recipient, family members, and the health care team, as necessary
If publicly funded services are not available, assistance from private care managers may also be available for a fee. Be sure to research associated costs
Investigate housing and relocation options
Create a care log or binder to keep track of important information
A care planner or care binder, which includes information on all facets of care, can help caregivers stay organized, keeping much-needed personal and medical information available for quick access. It can also help centralize communication among all the formal and informal caregivers by providing a place for the care team to leave important messages for each other. The care planner or care binder can go with the caregiver on physician visits so medication information may be updated on the spot or on visits to long-term care homes to record findings while they are still fresh in the caregiver’s mind.”