Caring From a Distance

Portrait of the smiling elderly woman, sitting outdoorWe work with long-distance caregivers everyday who are concerned for the wellbeing of aging parents. The following article details what you can expect should the time come that you would become a long-distance caregiver. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provide medical care management, home care management, transitional care management and life care planning to area residents of North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Island and more. 

Concern about mom or dad’s health and well-being is top of mind for many baby boomers today. Worrisome signs of your parent’s frailty, progressive memory loss or the decline in health require more and more of your help and attention. But what if you live a good distance away? Whether you live an hour away, in a different state, or maybe even in another country, caregiving at a distance presents very real challenges.

No longer just a devoted daughter or son, you’re now what the professionals in the aging field call a “long-distance caregiver.” Thrust into what is often a new world of intricate responsibilities, you may find it hard to see the personal rewards ahead. But they are there, as is the help available to assist you on this caregiving journey.

There is no one right way to be a caregiver; everyone’s situation is different. You will find that, among a host of things, family dynamics, financial resources and the ability of your parent(s) to provide guidance for the support that they desire will shape your situation.

You can expect your caregiving responsibilities to include, at a minimum, two key functions: information gatherer (from your parent[s], websites, books, word of mouth, etc.) and coordinator of services (contacting potential service providers, scheduling, coordinating payment, monitoring medical care). Do plan on traveling and spending some time on the phone to arrange care and services.

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