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Long-Distance Caregiving for Aging Seniors Requires a Plan

Can you relate to this dilemma? Long ago, family members moved away from the area where they grew up, but Grandma stayed. When Grandpa died a couple of years ago, relatives started to worry about her living alone. Grandma’s family members have suggested that she move closer to them or perhaps even live under the same roof with them.

But her house and yard, friends, neighbors and home church mean too much to Grandma. She has no interest in moving out of the only life she has known.

Everyone who loves Grandma can see that her short-term memory is fast becoming a potentially dangerous problem. They fear that Grandma will forget to shut off the burners on the stove and lock the doors at night. But Grandma’s feet are firmly planted. It doesn’t matter how much everyone begs, she flatly refuses to make a move to live with a family member and she’s not interested in touring an assisted living facility, either.

Let’s say you’re the No. 1 choice as the designated caregiver now for Grandma. Even though you live more than 100 miles away from her, the responsibility for Grandma’s care is now on your shoulders. You feel overwhelmed.

It’s crucial that you develop a plan. Your long distance care giving  plan must include a network of people and services you can depend on. Start with research and discover services for aging seniors and the elderly available in or near Grandma’s community. Here are a few possibilities to get started:

  • Call the local home health agency. If you don’t know where to start, call Keeping In Touch Solutions at 800-664-5541. We are familiar with agencies and national long-term care facilities. Once you know where to go, you can ask for information regarding how many times a home health aide or nurse can stop by weekly at Grandma’s home to check her vitals and medications. Home health aides are sometimes available to perform light housekeeping and help Grandma bathe.
  • Contact a nearby agency which focuses primarily on the needs of aging seniors:
    • Ask about a transportation service so Grandma has a ride to and from the doctor.
    • Ask about rails for her bed, to prevent her from falling out of bed and being injured.
    • Ask about getting a walker for Grandma to use when she feels unsteady on her feet.
    • Ask about a food delivery program.
  • Contact our very professional Keeping In Touch Solutions staff to complete that support network. Our Care Callers make a daily call to talk with Grandma. Often those calls become a routine grandmas and grandpas come to rely on.

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.

 

 

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