It can be challenging to provide care to someone who doesn’t live close to us, but there are strategies and support systems that can make it a little easier.
Being a caregiver to someone we love and care about can be a challenging and demanding role to fill under any circumstances, but when there is distance involved, there are some unique challenges that often come into play.
Caring for someone that is more than an hour away constitutes a long-distance care arrangement, and it can be hard to know how to make that work without the ability to pop buy or be there all the time or at a moment’s notice.
The travel time, expenses associated with travelling back and forth, and just the feelings of worry that can come with not being present all the time to check on things can be stressful for caregivers, but there are steps that can be taken to help seniors and their caregivers find an arrangement that makes everyone feel more comfortable.
Arranging Care from a Distance
In the process of streamlining things and setting up an arrangement that has everyone feeling comfortable and confident about the quality and system of care, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Learn It All: Having a good and well-informed understanding of all the health issues that a senior loved-one is facing can help caregivers to confidently make decisions about their care as things continue to change and evolve over time. Taking the time to learn all the information can help caregivers to feel proficient and able to best provide care to those they love, despite the added challenge of distance.
- Keep Organized: When it comes to caring for seniors, there is a lot to keep track of, so setting up a system for managing information, appointments, medication, and all the other little things that are a part of caring for someone can help to keep things running smoothly. Being organized means that important information is always on hand and easy to find, and things are all set to go whenever they need to be consulted.
- Set Up a Local Support System: Knowing the people that are around the person you love when you are farther away can help provide some peace of mind. Getting to know your loved-one’s friends, neighbors, doctors, and other people who are a part of their lives can help remind you that they can always have someone there for them even when you can’t be there in person.
- Consult Professionals: Getting help from professional caregivers like those at Retire-At-Home can ensure that your senior loved-one is getting the best care possible even when you aren’t nearby. Caregivers can help with everyday tasks, health management, general care, and can just provide some company and companionship. Working together with skilled, professional caregivers can help set seniors up to receive the best care possible.
- Stay Connected: Keeping in touch is important for many reasons, from the strengthening of relationships, to the provision of care. Keeping in touch is the only way to really stay informed with what is going on in a senior’s life and how they are feeling day-to-day. Thankfully, the technology that is available these days makes keeping connected easier than ever. Seniors and caregivers can not only chat on the phone, but can also e-mail, text, and video chat. Setting seniors up with the technology they need to stay connected and never feel alone can make a huge difference in how they feel about their care.
- Soak Up the Time Together: When you can’t always spend time together, the moments that you do have in the same place become all the more valuable. Being together can be a great opportunity to be productive and sort through anything that needs discussing or planning, but it is also just a great chance to connect and make sure everyone is on the same page.
Being apart can be hard, but there are ways to make providing care from a distance feel easier and better for everyone involved.