As our parents or family members age, we take the time to check in on them, help them run errands, and in some cases, provide daily assistance and caregiving. But what if you’re at a distance from your loved one? While a long-distance caregiver may need to take on different roles than a traditional family caregiver, you can still be actively involved in your loved one’s care.
Handling areas of concern, such as your parent or loved one’s safety, diet, and health can be difficult when you are at a distance. However, there are multiple ways to help, such as emotional support, making medical appointments, visiting when possible, or managing finances.
If you’re new to long-distance caregiving, it can be challenging to coordinate. CaraVita Home Care, located in Roswell, Georgia and proudly serving the Metro Atlanta area, would like to share ways to manage long-distance caregiving better so that you are providing the best level of care for your loved one.
Tip #1: Educate Yourself
If you’re at a distance, you may not be able to see your loved one’s day-to-day activities or if a change occurs in their behavior or habits. Taking the time to understand your loved one’s health, any ongoing conditions, and their current medication can help you assist them with their healthcare management.
If possible, get written permission (as needed under the HIPAA Privacy Rule) to receive your loved one’s medical information. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on their health, as well as allow you to speak with their healthcare providers.
Tip #2: Take Steps to Stay Connected
Communication is key to having a happy, prosperous, and healthy relationship. Thanks to technology, we can connect with loved ones thousands of miles away at any given time throughout the day. We encourage you to speak with your loved one as often as you need to feel comfortable. Discuss their day, their routines, how they are feeling, and how you can help.
In addition to staying connected with your parent or loved one, regularly communicate to those in your life who live close to your loved one, and can visit. Whether its siblings, neighbors, or family friends, build a support group to ease the stress of long-distance caregiving.
Tip #3: Plan Visits to Your Parent or Loved One
Technology and communication only give you a glance at what’s going on with your loved one. As a long-distance caregiver, you should visit your loved one as often as possible to assess their living situation, health, and any steps that may need to be taken.
For more assistance on this topic, we encourage you to download CaraVita Home Care’s home safety assessment.
While your caregiving duties may be a priority during visits, it’s also important to take the time to spend time with your parent or loved one. Take a drive, play games, or reminisce on family members - strengthen your relationship beyond being a caregiver.
Tip #4: Understand Your Limits
A family caregiver, no matter the distance, will always have a limit to the services they can provide. Understand what you can (and can not) do for your loved one. Don’t stress yourself out about the limitations and constraints that come with being a long-distance family caregiver. Focus on what you can accomplish, and figure out ways to solve the problems you can’t handle on your own.
If you find yourself concerned about your loved one’s well-being, in-home care could be the solution. At CaraVita Home Care in Roswell, Georgia, we offer customizable in-home services, where we can provide your loved one with the assistance and care that you may be unable to provide at a distance. Our services allow your loved one to be assisted at home by our professional and trained caregivers.
We have several levels of care to choose from, including personal care, dementia care, and respite care, that can be personalized to meet your loved one’s needs. We encourage you to contact one of our experts for more information!