Caring for an aging in place elderly loved one is even more challenging when you live over an hour away. Long distance caregiving services you may have to provide could run the gamut from helping your loved one manage their finances, to coordinating their doctor appointments and medical insurance.
Although some caregiving tasks can be carried out remotely, others require having someone physically there in the home. If you’re trying to coordinate a senior loved one’s care from afar, using these 5 tips will help them enjoy a higher quality of life.
1. Assess Their Needs
The first step is determining which activities of daily living that your loved one needs assistance with. Take some time off from work to sit down with them and discuss the situation. While in the home, check the surroundings for signs of neglect, like piles of unwashed clothes or unopened bills lying around. Caregiving tasks that they might end up on your “to-do” list include:
- Food shopping and meals
- Laundry and housekeeping
- Medication management
- Yardwork and home maintenance
- Getting around the home, including stairs
- Bathing and dressing
- Bill paying and financial decisions
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