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Going the Distance: How to Care for a Senior Parent Who Lives Far Away

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Need some help getting the logistics of long-distance senior care in order? Home Care Assistance is here to help you!

We understand the challenge of caring for your senior parents who live far away from you, and the obstacles you have to get through. That’s why we have outlined some tips to help you provide the best long-distance care for your parents below.

Assess the situation and know your options.

Start the process by assessing your senior parents’ situation.

What is their state of health?

How is their living situation?

Obtaining this information may involve reaching out to their current physicians or asking a caregiver to give you frequent updates. You may also want to get the family together to have a conversation about who is going to be responsible for what. If you have a cousin or a sibling nearby your parents, have them check-in on them on a daily or weekly basis.

Get organized and automated.

The next step is to automate as much of your senior parents’ affairs as possible! Place any services like newspaper subscriptions, grocery delivery, or prescription refills on auto-renewal. If your parents are still paying bills, set them up on autopay.

You are basically running a second household, so consider anything YOU would want to be handled for you if you were in their shoes.

Keep in touch.

We know this might seem obvious, but try and visit with your parents as much as you can. This way, you can be there to physically assess their health, spend time with them, and determine if they need anything else. Even if you’re unable to come see them as much as you’d like, your parents may have other family or friends who live close to them. Encourage those friends and family to visit with your parents when you are not able to do so.

If the above options are not possible for you, then you can use technology to keep in touch with your parents. Tech-savvy senior parents should be able to communicate with you through basic features like text messaging, phone or video calls, or email. But, if your parents need assistance with technology, ask their caregiver to help them make a video call to you every now and then. You may even ask the caregiver to share your parents’ logs and notes with you online to see how they are doing.

Thinking about customized senior care options for your parents? If so, we can help you learn your options here at Home Care Assistance. Give us a call to schedule your consultation!