Home care is offered by millions of men and women across the country as life spans lengthen and people step up to offer care for their aging parents. While it can be challenging for family home care providers to pay frequent visits, stay on top of medications and doctor’s appointments, ensure your loved one’s safety, and juggle your own commitments and responsibilities – it is twice as hard to do it from afar. But that is exactly what almost 7 million Americans do as long-distance caregivers.
Helpful Home Care Tips
How, you ask, can they do it? See below for some helpful tips from our own home care experts:
– Take advantage of technology. There are so many options when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and loved ones these days. Gone are the times when we had to rely on letter writing and phone calls. Get your loved one set up with a computer and webcam and teach them how to video conference with you. This will not only give you a chance to hear their voice, but see their appearance.
– Build relationships with friends, neighbors and doctors. When you are hundreds of miles away, sometimes you need to rely on the help of a neighbor or friend of your loved one. Perhaps they could stop by regularly to check in or at the very least stop by once in a while to ensure your family member is okay.
– Don’t do it alone. If you have siblings, children, or other family members be sure to keep them all involved and up to date. Divide up the elderly care duties and make sure everyone is included in the home care decision making process.
– Stay organized. When it comes to your loved one’s medical, financial, or legal documents, be sure to keep copies of everything and store them in an easy to access file drawer or folder. Keep track of account numbers, passwords, insurance information and important names and phone numbers.
If you find yourself struggling or feeling overwhelmed with caregiver responsibilities, remember you are not alone. There is a whole community of caregivers available in many places. Check with local home care services for family care support programs or go online to join a caregiver network. Be willing to accept the help of friends, neighbors, and other family member. Remember, by working together, families and communities can have a great positive impact in the lives of aging loved ones.
What are some ways you have found to be helpful in caring for long distance relatives? Leave your comments and suggestions below!
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty home care services to people of all ages with offices conveniently located nationwide. We can help make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own homes. We offer elderly care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving our services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
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