Caring for your senior loved one can be one of the most difficult jobs. It can become an even more difficult task when you are separated by distance. Regular communication between the two of you can become a challenge. In America 44 million adults are caring for their senior loved ones and most of them aren’t even living in the same state together.
Tips on How to Make Caregiving Easier with the Distance
Caregivers today are dealing with the challenge of raising their children, while simultaneously caring for their senior parent. This creates the overwhelming responsibility of managing varying tasks at once and caring for an aging senior parent adds an extra complexity layer.
Even if there is distance between you and your parent it’s still possible to maintain a healthy long-distance relationship. It may take being more creative and proactive, but it’s important for a daughter and mother to stay connected, especially as healthy conditions change.
Use these methods for connecting with your parent even if it’s long-distance:
Benefit From the Travel
Traveling back and forth to your senior loved one can be used to your benefit, frequent flyer miles! Even your credit card company can offer miles for the money you spend on everyday things. Save up enough flying miles and you can use them for a free trip to visit your loved one, this makes travel a more affordable option.
Different Forms of Contact
Stay in contact often by using different methods of communication. This can be anything from sending an email to writing a letter. If you find something online or in a magazine send them online articles, pictures, or magazine clippings letting them know that you’re thinking about them. If you’re away traveling it can be a special memento to send them a postcard from each place that you’ve traveled to. Simple reminders like this can keep them engaged and feel loved.
Write Down Changes
When you’re managing a parent from long-distance it can be difficult to notice changes in their behavior. Keep track of your phone conversations and interactions by including important information in a journal. This can help you stay informed and organized when it comes to their medications, behavioral changes, and progress.
Have Memorable Visits
Make your visits with your loved one something enjoyable, but also informative. Make a nice memory with them by taking them to a nice dinner or movie. In your visit include time with their doctors or caregivers to get an idea of their health status. This can make you more aware of their changes and health concerns, making it easier to understand their situation.
Create a Good Support Network
Find friends and family that live close to your loved one that can stop in for a visit or be there immediately if an emergency happens. Ask if they would be willing to visit your parent once a week to give them company. This one-on-one interaction can make your parent feel a sense of connection and worth, which is extremely healthy for their well-being.
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