Most caregivers want to be proactive about their family member’s health and well-being, but that doesn’t seem like an easy feat from a distance. Here’s how you can get more proactive about your senior’s care.
Establish a Relationship with Her Doctor.
Your senior’s doctor can help you to figure out a lot of what is going on now with your senior’s health and what you can expect down the line. When you have questions about what changes your elderly family member might be experiencing, her doctor is an excellent place to start your research process. Continue learning as much as you possibly can about what to expect.
Hire Elder Care Providers.
There’s a lot of doubt involved in being a caregiver, especially if you live far away from your senior family member. You might doubt that your gut instincts are correct when you’re worried about her, for instance. When you hire elder care providers, there are experienced care providers right there on the scene with her. They can give you firsthand information that you can use to determine a full care plan.
Set up a Communication Schedule.
Regular communication with your aging family member is crucial. When you set up a schedule, that lets both you and your senior know what to expect. While phone calls work well, you might want to consider using video calling to touch base with your senior. You can often see things in someone’s expression and overall affect that you can’t always hear over the phone. You can get a fuller picture of what is happening.
Make a Plan for Emergencies.
At some point, your senior is likely to have an emergency situation. If you’re not prepared for that with some sort of plan to get there quickly, you may find yourself scrambling. You might need to let your employer know to be aware of your situation, for instance. You might also want to ensure that you’ve got a bag at least partially packed in case you have to leave with short notice. Will you need to book a flight or are you within driving distance? These decisions are tough to make when you’re distracted, so it’s better to think through what you’ll do now, when there isn’t an emergency demanding your attention.
Being a long-distance caregiver doesn’t have to be as complicated as it feels at first. Once you and your senior have a plan and the tools you need to implement that plan, you’re well on your way. Even tweaking that plan down the road is going to be easier than you think.
If you or someone you know needs elder care in Marshall, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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