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:
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.
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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