It’s tough to feel as if you’re covering all the bases when you’re a long-distance caregiver. You might feel as if you’re constantly missing something. Here’s how you can get past that feeling.
Your Employer May Have Some Options
Your employer may be able to help more than you think with your caregiving needs. This is true even if your senior doesn’t live with you or even in the same state that you live in. Very often these options are offered through employee assistance programs. Talk with your employer to find out whether there’s anything that they can do to help you.
You Need Backup Plans for Your Backup Plans
You probably already have some basic plans for helping your senior as much as you can from where you are. But it’s important to know that you can’t always count on those initial plans to go exactly the way you want. You need backup plans and, probably, more importantly, you also need backup plans for your plan B. You never know when an emergency will hit, either for you or for your senior, so you need to prepare as much as you can when things are calm and going well.
Make Sure You and Your Senior Are Communicating
Communication is the cornerstone of any caregiving arrangement. You and your elderly family member need to have a plan for communicating. This really shouldn’t become something that feels like a chore to either of you, or it will become something that one or both of you are going to avoid. Set aside a specific time each week or every few days where you talk specifically about caregiving needs. Make sure that you’re talking, emailing, texting, or communicating in other ways regularly, too. The caregiving talks can be a separate task so that you make sure you cover everything.
Elderly Care Providers Can Help
You may not be able to be there yourself, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a firsthand account of how your senior is doing. Elderly care providers can be there with your senior when you can’t be and let you know if they’re seeing anything that you need to be aware of in order to make decisions. They can also give your elderly family member the hands-on help that she may start to need more often.
Caregiving is all about wanting the best for your senior, whether you’re right there with her or in another location entirely. Having the right plan ensures that you’re better able to meet your elderly family member’s needs on a regular basis.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care in Piedmont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care.
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