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Long-Distance Caregiving for Seniors and Their Families

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Offering real support and care to seniors is a challenge for many families. For those living far away from senior loved ones, the challenge of long-distance caregiving is even greater.

 

As families spread out around the country and globe, seniors often rely on the support of loved ones who live far away. Long-distance caregiving has unique challenges, but it can be done safely and effectively.

In the US, approximately 5-7 million adults are responsible for caring for a senior family member who lives more than 26 miles away. For seniors and their caregivers, long-distance support is possible through smart strategies. (caregiver.org)

Common Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

Caregiving for senior loved ones is typically challenging. Coordinating services, ensuring a senior’s safety, offering companionship, and dealing with emotions are all common difficulties for families. Distance adds more complications.

As a result, common challenges of long-distance caregiving include:long distance caregiving

  • Finding, hiring, and managing professional caregivers
  • Filling in caregivers during times of absence
  • Tracking seniors’ progress, needs, and well-being
  • Offering companionship to combat loneliness
  • Arranging for services like transportation
  • Gaining assurance of senior safety in their own homes
  • Feeling disconnected or out of the loop in the caregiving process
  • Paying for quality care plus travel expenses 

(NCBI)

Strategies for Successful Long-Distance Caregiving

Long-distance caregiving has become increasingly common due to the changing lifestyles of both seniors and families. Many caregiving agencies are now equipped to include long-distance loved ones in caregiving. Advances in technology also make it possible for far-away family members to be involved in caregiving.

 

Smart strategies for long-distance caregiving include:long-distance caregiving

  • Selecting a caregiver agency that uses technology to offer real-time interaction and transparency between in-person caregivers and family members
  • Using video calling technology to stay connected with seniors on a regular basis
  • Hiring companions, transportation, and other services designed specifically for seniors
  • Opting for the support of a professional senior care agency 
  • Setting up automatic bill pay and other regular needs so seniors don’t have to track them
  • Making sure access to medical records has been granted to those living far away

(Money US News)

 

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Often, seniors and long-distance caregivers are anxious about each other’s well-being. Stay positive in conversations with either party. Reassurance can many times improve the situation. If you need help staying connected with your loved one – Give us a call – We can help! 615-422-7549

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