Long Distance Caregiving
Being a family caregiver for an elderly loved one is hard enough, but doing it from a distance adds greater burden and stress. We know the hardest thing for distance caregivers is gaining knowledge of whether an aging relative is safe, healthy, and following care instructions prescribed by a doctor.
CalaCare has put together the following list for family members who care from a distance—intending to help you make elder care more effective and to lessen your stress. The following are tips to ensure your loved one is safe and happy.
1. Gain awareness of what services are needed for the relative. During your next visit, take note of what the relative is doing on her own. This will provide a better sense of what kind of services could help them.
2. Check out the cleanliness of the home. Is it messy? She may need help maintaining the inside and outside of the home. Laundry is another big chore for a senior. Those with dementia will have even more problems. If the relative needs help with laundry and other chores around the home, call CalaCare to discuss how we can help. .
3. Put together a list of support contacts in her local community. This includes individuals and resources to help coordinate care from a distance.
4. Stay in touch with her doctor so you are up-to-date on her medical conditions.
5. During your visits to her home, coordinate necessary appointments; talk with her friends and other family members about how the relative is doing. Take the time to reconnect with her and listen closely to complaints.
CalaCare offers free home care assessments, call us today to schedule a visit and learn if a home is fall proof and in need of a safety checkup at 1-888-774-CALA (2252).