March 29 2019
Caring for an elderly parent across the miles can pose a challenge. You might wish you could be there every day, but logistics can make that difficult. There are many things you can do, however, to help you cope with the distance.
Assess Their Housing Needs
Consider the elderly housing options in their area. There are many options available for senior care. The best living situations are based on the health and level of care that your loved one needs. Do they require elderly housing with skilled nurses on duty 24/7, or are they healthy and well enough to live with minimal assistance? Once you understand their needs, you can set them up in place that gives both of you peace of mind.
Plan Your Visits
When you plan to visit your loved one, the time can be taken up with everything that needs to be done, such as appointments and errands. Speak with your loved one ahead of time to find out what other activities they’d like to do. Whether they’d like to see a movie, shop for clothes, visit another family member, or go to church, plan your visits in advance to get more joy out of the time you have to spend together.
Keep In Touch Regularly--With Everyone
It’s important to stay in touch with your loved ones when you’re not there. If possible, set them up with a cell phone and teach them to text. Create a social media account where they can keep up with friends and other long-distant members of the family. A Skype or FaceTime account can give you the ability to have a face-to-face conversation.
It’s also important to stay in contact with doctors, therapists, home care nurses, and people in the elderly housing unit. Keep a list of important numbers for anyone who has contact with your loved one, and give them your contact information as well. Let them know that they can contact you at any time, about anything.