long-distance senior care

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

One of the only things more challenging than caring for your senior parents is caring for your senior parents who live far away from you. Long distances present their own unique set of obstacles!

Thankfully, Home Care Assistance is going to help you handle the logistics of long-distance senior care. Take a look at our advice below and get started helping your elderly parents from a distance.

Assess the situation and know your options.

In order to provide the best care possible for your long-distance senior parents, start by assessing their situation. What is their state of health? What’s their living situation like? You may even need to gather some of this information from their current physicians, or they may have a caregiver who can give you frequent updates. Another good idea is to get the whole family together and outline who is going to be responsible for what. As an example, if you have a sibling who lives nearby the parents, they may be tasked with checking in on them on a daily or weekly basis.

Get organized and automated.

The next step is to go ahead and automate as many of your parent’s affairs as possible – start with items like automated bill pay, and auto-renewal services for newspapers, prescriptions refills, and grocery deliveries.

Think of this as if you are running a second household! Most importantly, think about what tasks YOU would want to be automated for yourself if you sometimes forgot about them or were unable to handle them.

Keep in touch.

Although it may seem obvious, we highly encourage you to try and visit your parents in person as much as you can. This is the best way for you to physically assess their well-being, check for anything else they may need, and to spend time with them. If you have nearby friends or family, and you are unable to visit your parents as much as you would like, consider encouraging some of these people to visit your parents in your absence.

If neither of the above is a good option for you, don’t worry! Technology these days is very advanced and useful for keeping in touch long-distance. If your parents are on the tech-savvy side, make sure they have the ability to stay social with you through phone calls, video chats, text messages, or email. For the parents who don’t have a great grasp on technology, ask their caregiver to share their logs and plans with you online on a daily basis, or see if they can help your senior make a video call to you.

If you need help developing a senior care plan for your senior parents, Home Care Assistance is ready to help you! Give us a call to schedule your consultation and learn about your long-distance senior care options.