Regardless of ones’ age and background, care giving has its challenges.
In March, Globe and Mail published the article “Long-distance caregivers of the elderly torn between two locations”. I am pleased to share these tips with you.
These Long Distance Caring tips include:
- Talk about it: Determine what role each family member will play to avoid one family member being overly burdened.
- Consider an assessment to better understand current needs and wants
- How to stay in touch: Telephone, Skype, Webcam, Face to Face time
- Access local resources
- Ensure Powers of Attorney are in place
- Consider use of an organizer such as the Wellness Binder to keep track of important contacts, medications, health status, numbers and names for neighbours,doctors and pharmacy and
- You are not alone – strengthen your support system.
Regardless of the health issue, worrying about a loved one is stressful and caregiver challenges may come up. While the internet has brought the world closer together, getting or giving a hug still needs a personal touch! Other helpful resources include National Institute on Aging.
This article originally appeared on Audrey’s website.