Whether you're stationed overseas as part of your service or live overseas due to work, being away from your mom can be challenging. You probably worry about how she's doing, and a phone call doesn't always give you a clear picture of her physical and emotional health.
Instead of endless worrying, there are seven ways you can reduce fear and anxiety. Let these tips help you better organize her care and make sure you're not always worrying.
Set Her Up With Video Chat
A video chat is better than a phone call. Get someone local to set her up with the technology she needs for a video chat.
You'll be able to see her and view some of the area behind her. You'll know if the area is cluttered and needs attention. You'll know if she's sounding okay, bruised from hitting her head, or if she's losing or gaining weight.
Keep in Touch With Those Who Are Closest
Do you have cousins, aunts/uncles, or siblings nearby? Keep in touch with them. They'll be able to update you on her health and well-being. If you don't, get to know her friends or neighbors and stay in touch with them.
See if the Local Police or Fire Departments Do Wellness Checks
In some cities and towns, the police and fire departments offer a free service where they call an elderly resident to check-in. If the person doesn't answer the phone, they stop by to make sure all is okay. It's only available in certain areas, but it might be available.
Sign Her Up for Medical Alert Services
Arrange a medical alert service to get some peace of mind. With medical alert systems, your mom has a button to push if she falls and needs help. She can be outside and have the same access to help that she would get inside.
Medical alert services come with special features like fall detection. If your mom falls and doesn't respond to the dispatcher, they call someone to go check on her. If she wanders off, GPS detection helps.
Hire Caregivers for Regular Check-Ins
Caregivers are the peace of mind you need when you live overseas. Hire caregivers to help your mom when she needs it. You'll get regular reports on how she's doing. You'll know if there are issues that need addressing and have caregivers who can help you navigate those issues. Call to learn more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Coal Creek, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.