Caregiving is difficult when you live in the same area as your loved one, but it is even more difficult and stressful when you are miles away. Here are some caregiving tips to make things easier for long-distance caregiving.
1. Establish a local support team help keep on an eye on your loved one.
- Other family members
- Church members
- Home health aides
2. Organize and share information with your family and caregiving team.
3. Have the caregiving team report any changes, such as confusion, weight change, clutter, unattended mail, lack of personal care, etc.
4. Monitor and adjust your caregiving plan based on observations from the caregiving team.
5. Contribute as much as possible.
- Coordinate the caregiving team and plan of care
- Schedule appointments (medical, dental, hair)
- Maintain finances
- Stay in regular contact with your loved one
6. Video chat using Facetime, Skype or Google Hangout to communicate, increase socialization and prevent isolation.
7. Virtually attend doctor appointments using smartphone technology.
8. Install video cameras in the home for added reassurance.
9. Use medication monitors to ensure your loved one is taking his or her medication as directed.
10, Find caregiving apps to help coordinate your caregiving team.
Approved Home Health can be an important member of your caregiving team. Our aides provide home assistance with personal care, including bathing, shaving, dental hygiene and dressing as well as medical home health care. Call us today at 941-870-8740 for a complimentary nursing evaluation.