Caregiving from a distance with private home care
Just because you don’t live near your loved ones doesn’t mean you can’t be a caregiver to them.
It can be difficult to know how to care for family members and loved ones when we don’t live close to them. But just because miles separate you, doesn’t mean that you can’t still be a caregiver to them. Being a long-distance caregiver means that you’ll need to find additional resources to help your loved ones so they can age in home safely.
How Private Home Care Can Help
Home care is a valuable resource that helps long-distance caregivers. With private in-home care, you and your family can rest assure that your parents or aging loved one’s needs are being met. Home care offers personal care, nursing and companionship, allowing your loved ones to age safely and comfortably in their homes.
As a long-distance caregiver, you can be involved with your loved one’s care and allow home health aides and companions to assist with the day-to-day responsibilities. Some of the common services that would benefit those caregiving from a distance include:
- Transportation for errands or appointments
- Assistance with bathing, cooking or cleaning
- Companionship and friendly conversation
- Medication reminders and management
How to Help as a Long-Distance Caregiver
Although home care can provide a lot of help and support, there are many ways long-distance caregivers can help with caring for loved ones.
- Learn about the illness. If your parents, family members or close friend was diagnosed with an illness, take the time to do some research on the disease. Understanding more about their condition and treatment will keep you more informed and allow you to anticipate any changes that might occur in the course of the illness.
- Stay organized. Make sure that you have all a list of important contacts like physician names, medications and even financial documents (if needed) that you can reference if you have a question about your loved one’s care. Having all the important information in organized in one place can help you be prepared if an unexpected health crisis occurs.
- Visit when you can. Whether you are a short drive or plane trip away from your loved, try to schedule some time for a visit. Use that time to not only get caught up with their care, but also spend quality time with him or her. Do fun activities, and don’t forget that even though you are a caregiver, you are still their loved one.