If you’ve thought you’re not really being a caregiver for your senior from far away, you might be defining caregiving a little more rigidly than you should. There is a lot that you can do as a long-distance caregiver.
You’re Still Her Caregiver.
A big misconception is that if you’re not there with your aging adult, then you’re not really her caregiver. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. You’re definitely still her caregiver and in charge of coordinating the services and assistance that she needs at any given time.
Your Senior Might Ask for More Help.
Even though aging adults get a reputation for being a little bit stubborn, your senior might surprise you. She may be more likely to ask for help than you think she is, especially when she’s genuinely in need of some assistance. Listen to what she is telling you that she needs, because if she’s opening up to you, there’s a reason.
Or “Detective Work” Could Be Necessary.
You might also have to do a little bit of detecting to make sure you’re not missing anything. Establishing a relationship with your senior’s doctor is a great way to get that additional information. If your senior is getting sick more often or she just seems to be off, there may be something behind that. Video calls can help with that sort of thing, as can arranging for a family member or friend to stop in for a quick visit.
You Can Do a Lot from Far Away.
You may not realize just how much you can do from farther away. There’s the emotional support you can offer, of course, but there’s other help, too. You can cut through bureaucratic red tape from just about anywhere, for instance. You may also be able to do research for your senior and handle her bills for her. The help you can provide is actually quite flexible.
You Don’t Have to Do it All Alone.
Being a caregiver never means that you’re the only one doing what needs to be done. Hiring elder care providers is a great way to ensure that you’ve got help for your senior right there. They can also help you to spot when additional assistance might be needed.
There may come a time when you need to be closer to your senior for a variety of reasons. You can plan for that situation, but it doesn’t mean that you have to rearrange your life right now.