Your mission is not impossible. As an adult child of aging parents you may be planning travels for the holidays that will include a quick “look-see” when you check in on your parents. Your frequent phone calls home over recent months may have left unanswered questions about health care or day-to-day activities for your parents. What can you do to help Mom or Dad remain independent? How do you access resources in your home town such as Houston’s Area Agency on Aging?
In this video “What Can Be Done From Far Away,” Mary Alexander explains what can be done when you don’t live near your senior loved one. Long-distance caregivers fill many roles — providing emotional support and occasional respite; arranging for professional caregivers; hiring home health and nursing aides, or locating assisted living and nursing home care. Some long-distance caregivers help a parent pay for care, while others step in to manage finances.
But regardless of your role, Mary suggests you start by getting organized, and she spells out some easy steps for doing just that.
Please share some of your long distance caregiving tips!