Being a long-distance caregiver, even for a senior with health issues, is certainly possible. It’s even something that you can do if she needs more hands-on help, although you’re not physically there. What matters is that you have plans and tools in place to handle whatever might come up.
Build a Relationship with Her Doctors
You can still have a relationship with your senior’s doctors from wherever you live. You may be able to conference in for important appointments and find other ways to make sure you’re in the loop about what’s going on. This is going to be an important part of making sure that you’re able to help your senior when she needs you to make some big decisions about her health later on.
Consider Personal Monitoring Systems
Personal alarms can feel intrusive at first, but they’re a good way for your senior to get help quickly if she lives alone and has a health emergency. Many of them are small, portable, and can handle advanced situations like detecting a fall even if your senior isn’t able to push a button or call for help herself. This can be a solid compromise if you’ve wanted your senior to do certain things but she wants to maintain her independence.
Bring in Senior Care Providers
Another excellent compromise is to hire senior care providers. They can stop in and at the very least offer companionship. In a more realistic way, they can offer her help with tasks that have become difficult or that she doesn’t enjoy doing, like housework and cooking. They can help you to know what’s accurate and what isn’t in terms of what your senior is telling you about how she’s doing, too.
Have an Emergency Plan
It’s vital that no matter what else you have in place, you also have an emergency plan. If you and your elderly family member have established a set pattern of communication and you don’t hear from her, what’s your next step? You might call a neighbor first, or a close friend of hers. You may also want to locate the non-emergency phone number for her local police department to have on hand in case you want to request a wellness check. Finally, know what you’ll do if you need to get to your senior quickly so that you’re not scrambling should that happen.
It's entirely possible to be well-versed in what’s going on with your senior’s health, but you may need a few extra tools in order to do so properly.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Lakewood, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.