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Long-Distance Family Caregiver Challenges
Being a long-Distance family caregiver can become a difficult challenge faced by many adult children around the world. November is National Family Caregivers Month and I want to help. Certain emergency situations require unique challenges that may seem impossible to fix from such a long-distance, but not impossible. Relocating to another city away from your loved ones creates challenges for the long-distance family caregiver. When it comes to taking care of your ailing parents from a long distance, it becomes your primary responsibility.
Complications of the long-distance family caregiver
It is not just emergency situations that need your presence but, day to day observations. Providing care becomes complicated and difficult from a distance. Traveling to see your parents attend to problems is not usually an option. Also, dealing with this day out and being careful not to ignore your daily routine can cause strain and guilt on you, as the primary long-distance family caregiver. And feeling you are not there when your parents need you the most puts you in a whirlpool of emotions.
Creating support for the long-distance family caregiver
Guilty and worried does not help your parents out of a difficult situation. What you need is a support system, a system that you can form to help your parents when they need you. There are several tips and steps that would help you to take care of your parents when you are miles away from them.
Overseeing this can cause you to stress because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care of your business and taking care of your loved one. Look into hiring some help. This will give you the opportunity to get some rest and also make sure your loved one is properly cared for. Or maybe you want to spend more time with your loved one while taking a break from some of the redundant business tasks like sending out emails, returning calls, or organizing files. Let’s chat about how I can be of service to you so you can take care of your business and your loved one.
Tips to help you solve your long-Distance family caregiver problems
- Organize a family meeting to discuss problems.
- Involving members of the family and friends to taking care of your parents. This way, the workload can distribute and the stress on your part would reduce a great deal.
- Schedule a webchat, to discuss the problems they are having. Make sure, that you involve your parents as well.
- Take turns, to keep a check on the well-being of your parents.
- You can schedule regular home visits, doctor visits, and other essentials.
- Make a list of the discussion. Organize the notes during the family meeting. Reports pertaining to medical illness, or any other matter, for example, legal or financial issues. Make sure that you don’t forget to include important contact numbers on the list. The list should include, doctor’s number, insurance information, and other necessary details.
- Learn more about the kind of illness your parent/parents are suffering from. Research the type of illness your parents have. It will help you analyze their situation better. This will also help to understand their needs, requirements and the type of emergency. All these will help you to be well prepared for any type of situation.
- Ask for professional help: You can always consider keeping caregivers to help your parents. These caregivers can help them with their meals, personal tasks, and other miscellaneous needs. You can also keep in touch with them to know about the progress and well-being of your parents.
- Seek help from friends of your parents. Ask your parent’s friends to drop in and inquire about their health. In fact, they will be in a better position to actually tell the truth about your parent’s well-being.
- Hire someone to keep up the household maintenance to avoid any unforeseen accidents.
- Keep up with their finances to avoid problems.
All the above-mentioned tips should help you take better care of your parents as a long-distance family caregiver. Distance does matter, but this should not prevent you from giving quality care to your parents.
I also suggest the children always keep themselves prepared for an emergency situation.
Tips to keep you prepared for any medical emergency
- Always have a support network of friends and other family members that can keep you updated.
- Write out a plan in your absence and during an emergency.
- Write out a list of phone numbers, so all the members in the support network are aware.
- Keep the name and number of a travel agent to book your air tickets.
- Lastly, it is important to always keep a travel bag with toiletries and other essentials handy. This would save you time and energy and allow you to focus on other important aspects.
How I can help
It can be difficult to attend to your loved one as a long-distance family caregiver, but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly. Also, I can help with any caregiving concerns as well.
These tips will not make up for your absence. But, will ensure that your loved ones are cared for properly. Whenever you think of long-distance family caregiving. It is important that you analyze the difficulties involved. And the ways by which you would solve them. These tips should help you set up a better plan, and ensure that your loved ones are not ignored. For more helpful organization, check out this post on organizing all your loved one’s affairs. Also, check out these caregiver statistics.