Advice for Long Distance Family Caregivers

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Advice for Long Distance Family Caregivers

As our parents age, it can be difficult to determine when they may require additional assistance at home. Today, many families are spread across the country, sometimes the world, further complicating the communication required to assess an elderly loved one’s abilities and possible need outside assistance.

Although you likely maintain some sort of contact with your elderly parent or parents through phone calls, emails and visits during the holiday season, this type of interaction may not be enough. Even adult children who frequently talk to their elderly parents can be unaware of their increasing need for help as underlying problems or the need for specialty care such as dementia or Alzheimer’s care is often difficult to detect.

Unfortunately, many long distance caregivers do not recognize their loved one’s need for assistance until it is too late. A debilitating fall, accident or sudden hospitalization are all events that reveal an elderly parent is unable to take care of themselves. In situations where both parents are living together, it is common for one spouse to compensate for the decreasing abilities of the other. When this happens, the need for help often goes undetected by long distance family caregivers and the required medical attention is not provided.

If you are a long distance family caregiver, it is crucial to be proactive in the care of your elderly parents, making sure you look into the care options available to them. By being prepared and having a long-term care plan in place, you can rest assured that they will have access to the proper care and assistance when the time comes. While the sensitive subject is often difficult to discuss, it can make all the difference in terms of your loved one’s quality of life.

If you need help managing your long-term care responsibilities, contact Columbus Home Care Assistance. We work with family members who are separated from their elderly loved ones by physical distance, ensuring that a highly trained and experienced caregiver is by their side to provide help with activities of daily living, personal care, transportation and more. With our care services, seniors in Columbus are able to enjoy maximum comfort and safety from their own homes while their family members enjoy peace of mind knowing they are being cared for by a professional, reliable and compassionate caregiver.

For more information about our customized Columbus senior care plans, contact a Care Manager at 614-481-8888 and schedule a free in-home consultation.

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