How to Better Care For Your Parent From a Distance

In this article:

  • How to make your in-person time more productive
  • Establishing your care team
  • How Cahoon Care can help with long-distance caregiving

When your parent needs senior care, but you don’t live locally, you may find yourself worrying that your parent isn’t receiving the help that they need. Long-distance caregiving is a challenge, but it can absolutely be accomplished, especially if you take the time to come up with a plan.

How to Improve Your Long-Distance Caregiving

These below tips can help you to improve your long-distance caregiving.

Make the Most of In-Person Time

When you are able to visit your parent, it’s important to make the most of your time with them. Performing a senior home safety check is an excellent way to improve your parent’s safety when you’re not available to be with them. Be sure to use our checklist to help guide you as you evaluate your parent’s home for common safety issues.

When you’re with your parent, you will also want to keep an eye out for signs that your parent needs home care. Cahoon Care has discussed some common signs to watch for. If you notice that your parent has multiple signs, then it may be time to start exploring the idea of home care with your parent.

Find the Right Care Team

Long-distance caregiving isn’t a feat that you can accomplish on your own. You need the right partners – people who can be there in-person when you can’t.

Who these partners are will depend on your and your parent’s situation. Common care partners include:

  • Local friends and family who can check in on your parent and report any concerns back to you
  • In-home caregivers who provide regular visits, and who can provide you with updates
  • Your parent’s doctor, who can identify health risks and issues your parent has that may need specialized or additional care

As your parent ages, it’s essential that you have a trusted team of people who can alert you to concerns and needs that your parent may not inform you of themselves.

How Cahoon Care Can Help

We would be honored to be one of your trusted partners in your parent’s long-distance caregiving. Our variety of caregiving services cover everything from companion care to more intensive home care and Alzheimer’s care.

We create a customized care plan for each and every senior, tailoring our services to meet their specific needs. A care manager regularly performs home check-ins to make sure that the care plan is up to date and working, and they will adjust the care plan if needed. This helps to ensure that we’re providing your parent with the best care possible.

Since our caregivers are attentive and knowledgeable, they can provide you with updates on your parent’s well being. Additionally, if our care managers identify that your parent’s needs are changing, they will contact you to discuss the recommended senior care changes to better help your parent.

Would you like to learn more about how Cahoon Care can help you take care of your parent, even when you don’t live locally? Please contact Cahoon Care today. We would be happy to discuss how we can tailor our home care to best meet your loved one’s needs.