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

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We know it can be a challenge caring for your senior parents, and if your parents live far away from you, then that presents a whole new set of obstacles! That’s why Home Care Assistance is here to help you break down the logistics of providing long-distance senior care.

Browse our tips below and learn how you can best help your elderly parents from a distance.

Assess the situation and know your options.

To get started providing the best care for your long-distance parents, we recommend assessing their situation.

What is their living situation like?

What is their state of health?

You can get this information from their current physicians or a caregiver who can provide you with updates often. Also, consider getting the family together to discuss who will be responsible for what. Perhaps there is a sibling who lives nearby the parents; it may be smart to designate them with the task of daily or weekly check-ins.

Get organized and automated.

Next up, automate as many of your senior parent’s matters as possible! Implement items like automatic bill pay and sign up for auto-renewal for services such as newspaper subscriptions, prescription refills, and grocery delivery.

Remember…

Think of it as if you are running a second household and take care of the items that you would want handled for you in your senior years.

Keep in touch.

While it may seem obvious, we suggest physically visiting with your parents as much as possible. It will be the best way to see what else they may need, assess their well-being, and to spend time bonding with them.

If you are not able to visit them as often as you prefer, you may want to encourage any other family or friends who live nearby to visit with your parents when you cannot.

Looking for other options?

Look no further than the technology you probably already have and use! If your senior parents are more tech-savvy, have them use basic features, like text messaging, phone calls, video calls, and emails to stay in touch with you frequently. For the parents who aren’t as comfortable with technology, ask their caregiver to send you their logs and notes online on a daily basis, or have them help your parents make a video phone call to you every now and then.

If you’re ready to develop a senior care plan for your senior parents, we’re ready to help. Call Home Care Assistance today to schedule your consultation and learn about your options.

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