It’s challenging enough when we realize that our elderly parents are at the point in their lives when they need additional help. Whether it be minimal, and they need help around the home or more extreme and they need daily care, what are we to do when we live far away?

As children, our parents were our caregivers, and as they age, we often feel it is our responsibility to take care of them in return. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that they are getting the care they need, from healthcare to socialization to their basic needs. This will help to improve their quality of life and ensure that they are living safely and comfortably.

However, distance can present its own set of challenges when it comes to caregiving. For example, it can be difficult to assess our elderly parent’s situation from a distance, including understanding their medical conditions, medications schedules, and how they are coping emotionally. Additionally, it can be difficult to stay informed about their daily life and ensure that they are getting the care and support they need.

We may find ourselves struggling to balance our busy lives with the care they require. For many people, this means long-distance caregiving – trying to manage their needs from afar. While this can be challenging, there are many strategies and resources available to make it easier.

5 Tips for Caring for our elderly parents from a distance

Using technology

Technology has made it easier to stay in touch with our elderly parents. Smartphones have video call features that can be used to check in on them, just as an in-person visit would. Regular phone calls and text messages can help provide emotional support while giving children an opportunity to assess their parents’ well-being and any challenges they may be facing.

Assess living arrangements

It is important to consider the living arrangements of elderly parents. If they are still living independently, regular visits from friends or in-home caregivers can provide companionship and help with basic household chores. If parents require more assistance, hiring a home health aide or moving them to an assisted living facility may be necessary.

Stay informed

Being informed about your elderly parents’ medical conditions and medications can be crucial. Request access to their medical records to stay updated on appointments, diagnoses, and treatments. Consider hiring a professional advocate to help manage healthcare-related information and decisions.

Take advantage of local resources

Consider reaching out to local resources for support. Community centers, churches, and senior centers often have resources for elderly residents. Additionally, hiring a geriatric care manager can provide guidance on local resources, medical care, and legal issues.

Have a plan

Finally, it is important to have a plan in the event of an emergency. Keep a list of emergency contacts, including neighbors, friends, and medical professionals. Consider setting up a system with a local friend or relative to check on your parents in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Wrap Up

Caring for elderly parents from a distance requires effort, planning, and communication. However, with the help of technology, local resources, and professional support, it is possible to provide quality care while maintaining a connection with aging parents. It is important to stay informed, stay connected, and stay prepared for any situation.

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