Long-Distance Caregiving

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Caring for a loved one who lives far away can be emotionally and financially exhausting. You may also feel guilty and anxious because you cannot be there every day to see how the person is doing. Dr. Edward Hill discusses long-distance care giving in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Caring for a parent or other loved one who lives far away can be very difficult. Here are some tips you may find beneficial:

Take note of possible problem areas such as nutrition, driving ability, medications, finances and physical or emotional illness.

Make sure legal and financial affairs are in place and up to date, and that you know where critical documents and papers are located.

Consider in-home services to permit your loved one to remain at home, close to neighbors and friends.

Set up a system of support for your family members safety. Ask a friend or relative to check in with your parent on a regular basis. Community organizations often provide companion services.

The Eldercare Locator helps families find service providers where your loved one lives. Their web site is: www.eldercare.gov

Plan ahead to have family leave or personal days available in case you need to make an unexpected visit to your relative.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.