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Long Distance Care Giving – Health and Physical Safety Concerns

Because our Keeping In Touch Solutions staff is committed to helping families with safety concerns and quality of life issues for seniors, we understand the needs you have and the needs of your aging loved ones. We understand that few aging adults want to leave their homes. We also understand your feelings as a long distance caregiver.

For example, the guilt and frustration you frequently feel are very normal emotions. We even understand the panic you experience when you realize that you can’t possibly be everywhere at the same time, taking care of all the people who need you.

Long distance care givers worry a lot and they also feel helpless. So we have created a list of tips to make your responsibility more manageable:

For your loved one’s health and physical safety concerns:

  • Attend every doctor appointment at least once. Ask your loved one to sign a consent form to allow you to have contact with every doctor they see. This consent allows you to talk on the phone with doctors when you can’t physically be in their office with your loved one.
  • List their medications, including dosage. Make at least three copies. Leave one copy on your loved one’s fridge. Leave one copy with a neighbor, if appropriate. Take one copy for yourself. Keep it on your person at all times. If you get a call from a medic, you have the medication info at your fingertips.
  • Request that a home health nurse stop by weekly to monitor medication and vital signs.
  • Explore agencies in your loved one’s community. Many times, you will find food delivery programs and transportation access for seniors. Help your loved one sign up for these opportunities. The transportation is especially helpful if your loved one is no longer comfortable or capable to drive himself.
  • Inspect the interior of their home for slippery throw rugs, poor lighting and any other possibility for tripping and falling. Inspect the exterior, too. Look for wobbly guard rails and warped areas in the wood porch. Consider adding a wheelchair ramp. Even if your loved one is still ambulatory, a ramp is much safer.

When distance makes it difficult to stay in daily contact is when Keeping in Touch Solutions can help. Our Care Callers connect with your loved one every day. The routine of the daily call is eagerly anticipated by your loved one and a relief for you. Knowing someone is checking in every day is one of those proactive steps you can put in place that will make sleeping at night a little easier.

You might not be able to snap your fingers and make the miles between you and your aging loved one disappear, but with occasional visits and some preparation, you can make everyone feel a bit more comfortable with the situation.

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

 

 

Let Keeping In Touch Solutions help you!

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