34 million Americans care for older loved ones, 15 percent (roughly 340,000) of caregivers are long-distance. Long-distance caregivers are defined at least being an hour's drive from their loved ones. HealthinAging.org recently gathered some tips for the long-distance caregivers:
Gather all of your family members to discuss what each of your responsibilities will entail.
The designated primary caregiver can look at big picture and determine whether their loved ones is receiving enough care.
Everyone should take turns visiting and helping with chores.
Geriatric care managers are licensed social workers or nurses who specialize in the care of older people.
They are able to evaluate your loved one's needs and manage their required services.
If your loved one needs regular medical care, but is unable to visit their doctor's office, see if house call visits are available.
The power of attorney is the legally assigned person to make decisions on behalf of the older adult is she is unable to do so.
The power of attorney ensures that their decisions on finances, legal needs, and health care are considered.
Any changes in managing daily activities, for example getting in and out of a chair or bed, should be reported to the caregivers and their healthcare provider.
Ask your loved one's neighbors, friends if they can keep an eye out for your relative. Also see if any local seniors groups are available at www.eldercare.gov or call 1-800-677-1116
Use anything that your loved one can use to contact a caregiver in the event of an accident.
The kitchen, refrigerator, freezer, and pantry should be double checked to ensure all the foods are not expired.
Caregiving at times can be quite demanding. But, long distance caregiving can present increased caregivers.
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